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Solange Lord performs in Brenau University's 'Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the Wo

Solange Lord, from Covington, performed in the Brenau University Vocal Chamber Ensemble and Spectrum Singers concert of "Concerts Connecting Cultures...Christmas Around the World" Nov ...

December 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football coach turning heads in … The Nutcracker

If you happen to take a trip to the Porter Auditorium this coming weekend and you see a familiar local football coach donning a wig ...

December 05, 2016 | Gabriel Stovall | LOCAL


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

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Look at Nelson Heights may spur change in county practices

While David Sawyer's reporting on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, SPLOST and Impact Fees and the county's landfill was released Monday, in May ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Former commissioners speak out against water sale

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCWSA) will present the team it has selected to perform due diligence to the Newton County Board of ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Christmas marches through Covington

One-hundred floats, including the first-place prize winning Misfits Welcome float by Eastridge Church, participated in Saturday's parade through downtown Covington.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Judge Baker honored prior to his retirement

Judge Henry Baker, Newton County's Probate Court Judge for the last 40 years was celebrated by dozens of Newton County and regional dignitaries for ...

December 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County Theme School raises blue ribbon flag

The Newton County Theme School (NCTS) at Fiquett was recently named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education - a distinction ...

December 02, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


The Pride of Eastside performs in Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Pride of Eastside Marching Band joined the likes of Larry King, Olivia Newton-John and Bill Engvall this past weekend, during the 85th Annual Hollywood ...

December 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Fire graduates four recruits

The 2016 Newton County Fire Recruiting class celebrated the graduation of four recruits Nov. 29.

December 01, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | LOCAL


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


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Georgia gas prices fall 8.4 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 8.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.73/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.85/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 1.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 4.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 0.7 cents per ...

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newcomers receive rude welcome

First Jean-Joseph, 61, and Angelica Kalonji, 57, were held at gunpoint by their new neighbors for 10 minutes. Then the couple was confronted by six deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, who in spite of the couple's protests that they had just purchased the home, arrested them and locked them in the Newton County Detention Center.

Nearly a week later and all charges have been dismissed against the Kalonjis, but the ordeal is far from over. The neighbors, who brandished semi-automatic weapons because they thought the couple was robbing the house, remain in the Newton County Detention ...

April 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Australian professionals visit Covington

While Australians can provide different views on many aspects of life, Covington's Rotarians were most interested Tuesday in the country's government-funded health care.

April 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thompson keeps feeding the hungry

The Community Food Pantry is celebrating its 25th anniversary while its director Rosalee Thompson is celebrating her 25 years at the helm of the project.

Thompson became involved with the project when it was in its beginning stages. In 1987, several local churches like the First Presbyterian Church and Bethlehem Baptist Church created the food pantry to serve as a centralized pantry for the community.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Mail scam uses lottery to attract victims

Financial advisors are warning their clients of a new mail scam that notifies recipients that they have won the lottery.

The scam was brought to the attention of David Allred of Advanced Retirement Planning when a woman in her 80s requested him to look at a check she'd received in mail.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Covington soldier promoted to Sgt.

KABUL, Afghanistan - Covington resident Ju Bobby Xiong was promoted from specialist to sergeant April 5 at Camp Phoenix during his deployment to Afghanistan with the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, "Task Force Hydra," an Army National Guard unit out of Columbus.

Army National Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Burch promoted Xiong while visiting Camp Phoenix.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother calls police for daughter after hit by son-in-law

Officers responded to a call from a mother about a fight between her daughter and her daughter's husband.

The mother stated that when she arrived at the apartment, her daughter came out of the door holding the left side of her face and saying that she had gotten into a fight with her husband.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Taser brings down drunken man at The Depot

When officers arrived at The Depot after receiving a call in reference to an intoxicated man attempting to leave on his motorcycle, they observed a man fighting with one of The Depot's security guards.

The responding officers told the man to stop fighting, turn around and put his hands behind his back.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Copper stolen from church’s air conditioning units

Officers responded to a report of copper theft at the Hebron World Church.

Pastor Mark Barratt stated that when he went to the rear of the church building, he noticed that three of the air conditioning units had been tampered with.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Three males arrested for shoplifting condoms

An officer responded to the Walmart on Industrial Blvd in reference to shoplifting.

The loss prevention representative along with two other associates, observed three males shoplift $7.47 worth of condoms.

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Daughter’s comment sparks family feud

Officers responded to a domestic dispute that resulted from a daughter making a comment about her father's girlfriend's backside.

When the officer arrived, the daughter stated that her younger sister had told her father's girlfriend that she had a "big booty." However, the girlfriend stated that the daughter made a comment about one of the kids "wanting her booty."

April 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Throw a snag on the barbie

We crossed the International Date Line and the equator, and so far have traveled nearly 40 hours by plane.

I'm still no fan of Vegemite (I tried Mighty Mite, which is supposed to be less strong), but the rest of Australia is incredible.

April 24, 2012 | Columnist | LOCAL


Couple arrested trying to enter new home

The neighbors who allegedly prevented Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji from entering their recently purchased Newton County home at gunpoint have been charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal trespass.

April 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Insurance tax helps county budget

Newton County commissioners will not have to cut their budget for the first time in four years, in part thanks to receiving $1.28 million more in insurance premium tax money, a little discussed revenue source.

In order to receive insurance coverage, people must pay a premium to their insurance company. Those premium payments are then taxed by the state, with revenues split between the state and local governments.

April 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy tells escape tale to students

Hundreds of students filled the Oxford Chapel Thursday to listen to a single boy speak. But this was no ordinary boy. His name is Santos and he had escaped only a few years ago from the child armies of Ugandan guerilla leader Joseph Kony.

Santos came to Oxford with the organization Invisible Children to speak out about the evils of Kony and what local students can do to stop his reign in Africa.

April 21, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


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