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Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

January 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a "Souper ...

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Almond Turner seeks reelection

Throughout his 16 years as a member of the Newton County School Board, Almond Turner feels he has done a lot for the students of ...

January 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Work on SR36 bridge to be done Thursday and Friday

Delays near the South River bridge on State Route (SR) 36 at the Newton/Butts county line can be expected Thursday and Friday due to ...

January 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Interim legal firm hired by BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) approved a contract with Jarrard and Davis, LLP, of Cumming, Georgia to serve as the county's interim attorneys for the next 90 days.

November 23, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Meeting to approve legal team Monday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) announced a special called meeting for Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. to approve a contract with an interim legal team.

November 23, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two suspects in the Walmart murder arrested in Tennessee

A man and woman were arrested in connection with the Covington Walmart murder yesterday in Manchester, Tn., after a citizen tipped off the local media.

November 22, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Learn from history

A day after our president called ISIS "contained" the Islamic State launched a well-coordinated attack on the City of Light. ISIS just took down an airliner and conducted a suicide attack in Beirut. More than 900 citizens of our allies have been murdered by ISIS in a little more than a week.

November 22, 2015 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Pastor announces candidacy for District 113

As a pastor, Sharon Henderson has been serving the community since 1989. Now she wants to take that service to a broader level, and has announced her candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives, District 113.

November 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC approves money for community afterschool meals

Newton County will cover the cost of pre-packaged foods purchased for the afterschool program at Nelson Heights Community Center.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rezoning recommendation denied

Though attention focused heavily on the future of Newton County's legal counsel at Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, the board did work on other agenda items.

November 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Video released of suspects in Walmart death

The Covington Police Department (CPD) issued a "Be on the look-out" (BOLO) tonight for the murder/robbery suspects in the Nov. 16 death of Marsha Johnson at the Covington Wal-Mart.

November 20, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rodney Clark arrested in murder of Newton man

Rodney Carter Clark was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Mario Demonte Johnson.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police seek Walmart murder suspect in Chattanooga

The Covington Police Department (CPD) has been ardently trying to find the subjects of a senseless killing at Walmart Monday, searching from Covington to Tennessee.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kicking off the season

Local musicians started the Christmas season off in Covington with the annual Lighting of the Square.

November 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Wedding ring, thousands in cash stolen from church

A wedding ring, thousands of dollars in cash and a gun permit were among the items stolen from cars in the parking lot of Solid Rock Baptist Church on Brown Bridge Road Sunday.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ellis, Ewing object to JDA land sale

The Joint Development Authority voted to sell land in Stanton Springs to developer Kippy Clarke and partners for a new residential neighborhood Monday, but the authority's two Newton County delegates were not in favor of the deal.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crop production rises

It's been a good year for soybean and corn production, while cotton is down almost 20 percent from a year ago.

November 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two children find adopted homes thanks to CASA, others

Two children recently were recently adopted by families in Newton County after work by many in the area.

November 18, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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