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County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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County, The Center welcome new hires

Hosanna Fletcher is well known in Newton County as half of the two-person team that runs the non-profit group affectionately known as The Center.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents of injured deputies thank local InVest donors

It's been less than a year since Newton County Sheriff's Deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured in the line of duty, but thanks to the generosity of the community, the InVest fund has raised roughly $90,000 to purchase new state-of-the-art bulletproof vests for all 156 mandated officers.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest meets goal

It began on August 3, 2009 when deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured during a standoff. That same month, the NCSO and Atha's parents organized a fundraising campaign to purchase improved vests for the deputies to wear on the job. In March of 2010, their goal was finally met.

March 26, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Key players plead not guilty for murder

The four men charged with the murder of 38-year-old Andrew "Drew" Nichols in late-2009 pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Color and light

 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy's art work will be on display.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The River of Words

Poets and artists: Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on March 16. All entries were required to feature water. Winners received savings bonds, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $100 bonds, second place winners received $75 bonds, and third place winners and Honorable Mentions received $50 bonds. Service Guild members judged the contest. First Row, Left to Right: Karsten McMichael - First Place Poetry Grades 3-6, Jackson Stephens - First Place Poetry Grades K-2, Lena Gunthorp - First Place Art ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get fooled

 On a day traditionally associated with pranks - April Fool's Day - Atlanta's most popular hypnotist, Sean Wheeler, will be performing an honest-to-goodness, comedy hypnosis show to help raise funds for the Newton High School Marching Band.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One homeless night

On March 19 Piedmont Academy high school students spent the night in boxes on the school's football field for "One Homeless Night." The purpose of the event was to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless and to collect items for needy families in Jasper, Newton and Butts counties.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO wheels get a facelift

New attitude: The Newton County Sheriff's Office warrant's division has a new look. Three new black and white 2010 Dodge Chargers were purchased as replacement vehicles for the warrant division two weeks ago. The cars have been painted in the classic black and white style of original patrol vehicles.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home business professional earns certification

The National Funeral Directors Association has awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant designation to Brenda Fuller Johnson, Preplanning Counselor at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance. In order for Johnson to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, she had to meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual. CPCs must demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling learning requirements as they renew their certification every four years.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Confrontation in Wendy’s parking lot turns physical

Officers from the Covington Police Department are still trying to locate a woman who reportedly assaulted another female in the parking lot of Wendy's Thursday afternoon.

March 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Miracle League to host Art Contest

In honor of Exceptional Children and the 40th Birthday of Special Olympics, The Miracle League of Newton County is having an art contest to raise awareness of our exceptional children and their recreational needs. The Miracle League of Newton County is an organization striving to raise money to build an all-accessible baseball complex at City Pond for children with special needs.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Railroad purchase was popular retreat topic

Clarification: The April 7th work session is intended to be an educational session for the council. The public is invited to learn more about the railroad but there will be no time set aside for public input, comments, or questions. The meeting will be informational only; it will not be a public forum to debate the pros and cons of the railroad purchase.

March 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

n Eagle Scout Court of Honor was called at Mt. Pleasant UMC Saturday afternoon to celebrate 18-year-old Travis James Mumford earning his Eagle Scout badge.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meeting set for input on local farmer’s market

 At 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2010 at The Center for Community Preservation & Planning there will be a public meeting to discuss the development of a Farmer's Market for Newton County. This initiative is an outcome of the program of work being undertaken by the Green Enterprise Group, a working committee formed under the auspices of the Newton County Leadership Collaborative. The mission of the group is to promote the creation of a green enterprise economy with agriculture at its core. One of the identified priorities was the redevelopment of a farmer's market

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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