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Newton Medical, Piedmont finalize deal

Newton Medical Center will soon become Piedmont Newton Hospital after NMC finalized a partnership agreement with Piedmont Healthcare earlier this week.

May 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two dead in apparent murder suicide

The Covington Police Department responded to a shooting Thursday, discovering a man and woman shot when arriving on scene.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New section of Social Circle Bypass to open

The new section of the Social Circle Bypass from State road 11 to East Hightower Trail will open Tuesday, June 2, according to Superintendent of traffic, safety and utilities J. Robert Manning of ER Snell Contractor.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harry Owens likely interim county manager

Newton County revealed the name of the candidate under consideration for the position of interim county manager Friday following the departure of former County Manager Tom Garrett last week.

May 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Board scolded in public comments over legal budget

County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to soothe public concerns over the county's high legal costs Tuesday night, but his explanation appeared to provoke the opposite reaction.

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County seeks city help for library

Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library's costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).

May 20, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC to hire interim county manager

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to hire a new interim county manager Tuesday night, deliberately stopping short of placing the county chair in charge of the day to day administration of the county.

May 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington

Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.

May 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Cotton receives Rotary ethics award

In his more than a decade and a half as Covington Police Chief, Stacey Cotton has led his men and women in the way he was taught to conduct himself by Judge Stacey W. Cotton and Suzanne Cotton - with ethics.

May 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal's new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Certified Quality Breast Center at Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Preparing for graduation

The Newton County School System's high schools will be celebrating graduation Friday and Saturday.

May 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

The vote will end the county's 15-year relationship with Blue Cross and will move the county from a self insurance pool to a fully insured plan with Cigna. The Cigna plan will cost $6.54 million and the exact savings is $297,388.36. A fully insured plan from Blue Cross would have cost nearly $7.12 million.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to switch health insurance; save $300,000

In order to save nearly $300,000, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to switch the county's health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Cigna.

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parade for local troops to be held June 6

The Covington-based National Guard troops will be officially welcomed home June 6, beginning with a parade around the square at 1:15 p.m.
Most of the 131 members of Bravo Company will march from the Covington Armory to the square, followed by an event in front of the Historic Courthouse, said Josephine Kelly, director of Main Street Covington.
Kelly said she and the National Guard are still working on the event details, but all elected officials and some military dignitaries will be invited to the homecoming celebration. There will be an invocation, followed by speeches from the military and ...

May 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man accidentally shoots friend while trying to scare off menace

A man was accidentally shot in the calf by his neighbor Tuesday morning then sent authorities on a chase for the wrong man.
According to Lt. Paul Dailey with the Covington Police Department, officers and detectives responded to the home on Tara Drive around 11 a.m. where they found the 32-year-old victim shot in the calf.
The victim allegedly told authorities that a young black male with dreadlocked hair had approached him while he was outside of his home smoking a cigarette and shot him, fleeing toward the Turner Lake complex walking/running track.
Officers immediately began a search ...

May 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn's city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

May 19, 2010 | By Suzie Bean | LOCAL


Two men arrested for meth possession Monday

Two men were arrested early Monday morning after one pulled his vehicle out in front of a Covington Police patrol car, causing the officer to brake quickly to keep from hitting their vehicle with his car.

May 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the BEAT

The Mall at Stonecrest and 95.5 The BEAT will celebrate the beginning of summer season with the fourth annual "Meet the BEAT," a live concert event featuring international superstar Jay Sean ("Down," "Do You Remember") and Atlanta's hometown favorites B.o.B ("Nothin' on You," "Haterz Everywhere") and Travis Porter ("Go Shorty Go," "All Da Way Turnt Up,") the very popular D&D Custom Car Show and a fun kid's activity area on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the plaza.

May 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The place to be: bringing industry to Newton County

This is final story in a six-part series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County. This final part discusses the county's continuing efforts to attract new business.

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County may have to cut many jobs to avoid tax increase

If the county does not raise the millage rate, it may have to cut nearly 100 employees - a sixth of its workforce - based on early projections. Even if the commissioners do raise the millage rate to the rollback rate, from 9.73 mills to 10.9 mills, they will still likely have to cut more than 70 employees.
These preliminary budgets have not been voted on and won't be official until late June. However, that's the stark reality facing the Newton County Board of Commissioners, as they head into their second straight of year of cutting millions from ...

May 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Parents and students flock to BOE meeting to protest dissolving Clements Theme

More than 30 parents and teachers addressed the Newton County Board of Education while dozens more held signs protesting the board's May 11th decision to dissolve Clements Theme School.

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. library system ranked the best in state

The Newton County Library System has been ranked the top system in the state by Hennen's American Public Library Ratings, based on statistics submitted for the Fiscal Year 2009.
The ranking is performed by HAPLR, system that ranks libraries on how well they are using financial resources based on the number of people who use the system and the size of the community the library is located in.
According to Greg Heid, Director for the Newton County Library, "We are ecstatic. The staff at this library has been working so very hard to give the public the best service ...

May 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


60th reunion for the Newton County High School’s first graduating class

Together again: The first ever graduating class of Newton County High School, after the school system consolidation, celebrated its 60th anniversary Monday afternoon at the Oaks Golf Course. The 1950 graduating class originally consisted of 103 members. Around 40 classmates attended Monday's event to catch up and reminisce, and to honor their 33 deceased classmates. Betty Jaynes was named the class mascot because of her integral role in founding the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She had been ruled ineligible to join the existing BCA because she was a woman. She was elected into both the Georgia and Virginia ...

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Campout of the Century

Thousands of boy scouts converged on the Bert Adams Scout Reservation this weekend to take part in the Campout of the Century, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of scouting and the 50th of the camp and to be part of the largest gathering in the council's history.

May 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm tour shows county’s riches

Several county officials went on a tour of some of Newton County's most successful farms Saturday, learning about some of the intricacies of fruit, cattle and hay farms.

May 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CPR Saturday scheduled in June

According to the American Heart Association's website, CPR and defibrillation within the first 3 to 5 minutes after someone collapses can result in high (greater than 50 percent) long-term survival rates for a heart attack patient.

May 16, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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