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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


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


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NCSO sponsors sex-offender shut-in

Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Community Supervision will sponsor its Tenth Annual Halloween Shut-In on Oct. 31, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Healthcare introduces new grant program

After recent community health assessments, officials at Piedmont Healthcare created a grant program and put forth a plan aimed at improving the health and well-being of surrounding communities, particularly those most vulnerable.

October 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cities negotiate for bigger SPLOST cut

The mayors of Newton County's five municipalities negotiated for a bigger cut of potential 2017 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST) money during a work session with the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday.

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC summary: Newton County Judicial Center to expand

The Newton County Judicial Center will be expanded soon after a unanimous decision by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) to utilize excess funds from the 2011 Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax was passed Tuesday evening.

October 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington wrapup: Design students return with drafts of logo

University of Georgia (UGA) Design Studio students submitted logo designs for the City of Covington, and its utility company, to the city council on Monday night.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New outdoor outfitter driven by desire for adventure

Ryan Roth is a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Crowds form for early voting

A line began to form at 8 a.m. and continued at least through lunch at the Newton County Administration Building Monday morning.

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fans of Vampire Diaries, Heat of the Night descend on Covington

On Friday night, Oct. 21, fans of things that bite in the night will congregate in the Downtown Historic Square for the premiere of the final season of The Vampire Diaries.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Tourists flock to Newton’s filming locations

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct. 21 and the Heat Gathering 2016 for In the Heat of the Night Saturday, Oct. 22.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Text-to-9-1-1 now available at county emergency call center

At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls that come in, track them if it's made from a cell phone and contact the appropriate emergency response service.

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton, a year later

A year after dignitaries stood outside of Newton Medical Center and watched as a tarp was pulled from the top of main entry way, the hospital has seen plenty of changes.

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle Rotary Club fair benefits local projects

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair will be held Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 22 behind the Social Circle High School on Alcova Drive.

October 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Literacy is an important attribute for the entire community

Literacy is one of the primary skills needed to graduate high school, earn a college degree or land a decent job, yet, according to Newton County Reads, 90 percent of area employers report they cannot find qualified employees, and 56 percent say it's due to a lack of basic education.

October 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Flapjacks for 4-H on coming this month

Members of the Newton County 4-H group are flipping flapjacks on Oct. 29 to earn money for 4-H camps and service projects.

October 16, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking. Around 55 people were in attendance, and each person brought their individual experience and knowledge to the discussion table. Information was shared with the participants regarding the effects of underage drinking on the adolescent brain, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, statistics on alcohol-impaired collisions in Newton County and student-reported statistics on current underage drinking trends in Newton County (from the Georgia DOE's "Georgia Student ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | LOCAL


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