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Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Editor's Note: This is an overview of the Forensic Audit report released by Newton County Monday. More stories on this matter will follow at ...

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet and greet with Chair-elect Banes set for Thursday, Dec. 8

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet their next Chair of the Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 8.

December 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Wynne to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge W. Kendall Wynne, Jr.of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit has been designated to serve in place of Justice Carol Hunstein in the ...

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State representatives provide insight

Five of Newton County's state-level representatives stopped by for the first-ever Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Breakfast sponsored by AT&T Wednesday morning ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


New Jersey man arrested after driving on I-20 without a tire

After reports of a vehicle traveling down Interstate 20 with no tires, Covington Police Department (CPD) found the reported vehicle, which was in fact missing ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judges to be sworn in

On Dec. 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the jury impaneling room in the Newton County Judicial Center, the judges of the Superior Courts ...

November 30, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Representative Jody Hice stops by Newton

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th District Jody Hice paid a visit to the Newton County Republican Party Monday night before catching a ...

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Judge Henry Baker: 'A rare breed'

Things change and evolve.

November 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle Lt. Downs helps lost Florida couple

After receiving multiple phone calls about a suspicious vehicle in Social Circle, Social Circle Lieutenant Randy Downs found an elderly couple lost on their way ...

November 26, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


NCSO tracks down hot vehicle

The westbound lanes of Interstate 20 were briefly shut down Nov. 23 while fire department personnel extinguished the flames of a stolen vehicle, according to ...

November 23, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Firefighters fry 43 turkeys for Angel Tree program

Newton County firefighters deep fried 43 turkeys Wednesday for its newest fundraiser.

November 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Junior Hilliard notifies Newton County of suit to ‘exceed $3 million’

Junior Hilliard will file a lawsuit against Newton County, which recently voted to end its contract with Junior Hilliard General Services, operator of the county ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County School System mourns the passing of Mallard, Nolan

The Newton County School System lost two members last week with the passing of Eastside High School teacher Leo Mallard and Veterans Memorial Middle School ...

November 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sheriff thanks community for support

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown reached out to Facebook earlier this morning to share his gratitude with the community on its support of the family ...

November 22, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


Traffic stop nets drug arrest

After following a truck registered to a known drug house, Covington Police Officer Steve Swann initiated a traffic stopped that resulted in a foot pursuit ...

November 21, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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Middle Ridge keeps attitude positive

Middle Ridge Elementary may have the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the county and 20 percent of its students may be classified as Students with Disabilities, but none of this keeps MRES from working hard to be the best they can be at everything they do.

"The combination of the highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the county at approximately 88 percent, combined with a Student with Disabilities population that equals 20 percent of the school population for the last three years offers unique challenges," said Principal Alan Satterfield. "Those challenges have been met and student achievement ...

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doctor to run for Sen. District 17

Dr. Nelva Lee of Locust Grove is running for State Senate District 17, focusing her platform on small business development and improving education.

Lee has a three-step plan to revitalize small business in the district.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local residents to celebrate freedom

While all Americans celebrate July 4, for many black Americans the celebration of Juneteenth holds even more meaning as it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Convicted murderers ask for new trials

Two murderers, convicted on separate crimes, are both petitioning the court for new trials this summer, each for different reasons.

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Official: City residents not double taxed

After a court in Gwinnett County recently ruled that the county double taxed residents for services like fire, many Newton County residents are questioning whether they are also being double taxed for services.

Covington residents pay a 8.20 millage rate on top of the 10.91 county-wide millage rate, confirmed Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Newton County Manager John Middleton.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech schools talk future job market

America remains the world's dominant superpower, but leaders and educators are worried by trends that show the competitiveness of the American worker continues to fall.

Cynthia Edwards is the vice president of institutional advancement for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly known as DeKalb Tech, and her role is to spread the word about an institution dedicated to helping Georgians get job and Georgia remain competitive in recruiting industry.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AT&T strengthens mobile coverage in Covington

As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for mobile devices and services, AT&T announced Tuesday the activation of a new cell site in southern Newton County near the intersection of Highway 136 and 212, expected to enhance network coverage for area residents and businesses.

"Delivering dependable wireless coverage for consumers and businesses that need to stay connected is the company's ultimate objective," said Paul Chambers, Regional Director of External Affairs for AT&T. "AT&T's ongoing investments in Newton County will help ensure that the company's customers have access to the wireless ...

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cat fight complaint leads to drug arrest

A phone call about a cat quickly turns into an officer allegedly finding two juveniles with marijuana.

June 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Gas prices down from previous week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen in the past week, averaging $3.33/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen in the last week to $3.56/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were lower than the same day one year ago and are 23.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased during the last month and stands lower than this day one year ago.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford to hold Fourth of July celebration

Residents will soon bring their patriotic pride as the City of Oxford and the Oxford Lions Club are hosting the annual Fourth of July Parade and Celebration and would like for locals to join in this year's event which will be held Wednesday, July 4.

Participants are encouraged to decorate your bicycle, car, truck or float in a patriotic theme. There will be an award for the best float.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Broun to debate Republican challenger

The campaign of Republican Congressman Paul Broun today released the following statement regarding upcoming primary debates:

"Congressman Broun is enthusiastically looking forward to debating his competitor. He is confident it would be to his political advantage to debate more frequently. However, Congressman Broun is highly focused on fulfilling his official duties, both in Washington and in Georgia, and is not a full-time candidate.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO graduates students from program

On January 28 the Newton County Sheriff's Office embarked upon a new journey, the Offender Responsibility Program.

June 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local named student president of Georgetown

Earlier this spring, Shaun Zhang was elected the President of the Student Bar Association of Georgetown Law at age 20. The Student Bar Association is law schools' student government. Georgetown Law is the second largest law school in the nation (slightly behind Harvard), and is the most applied to. Georgetown is one of the most prestigious institutions of legal education in the world. Shaun enrolled at Georgetown Law in the Fall of 2010 when he was 19-years-old. He is, by far, the youngest student of his class, which had at the time of his enrollment an average age of 26 ...

June 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Web commenter claims harassment

Web commenter Shannon Black is alleging that she is being threatened after coming forward as two of the anonymous bloggers in the lawsuit filed by Alcovy High Principal LaQuanda Carpenter.

June 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter responds to motion to quash

In the case of Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter vs. multiple bloggers and Board of Education representative Jeff Meadors, Carpenter's attorney has filed a response to the motion to quash filed by the Newton Citizen May 1.

June 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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