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Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Campaign contributions for state races

Who's giving money to whom?

July 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water restored for Mobile home park without water

Update: As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, water has been restored for residents at Alcovy Mobile Home Park. Maintenance manager Gary Drake said the pump has been repaired and residents can now use their water. Drake said he advised everyone in the community to boil their water for the next couple of days to ensure its clean and not contaminated.

July 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


The rise and fall of Newton's dairy farms

Brad Marks wants his grandchildren to grow up knowing how to handle a calf, milk a cow and run a farm. He wants the future generations to know the experience of their ancestors, working the same fields that have been in the family for 180 years.

July 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Family history dragged into state race

Family information is being drudged up in the District 109 state representative race between Republican incumbent Steve Davis and his party challenger Dale Rutledge.

July 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Meadors denies being blogger

In an answer and defense filed this week by his attorney, Newton County Board of Education member Jeff Meadors formally denied blogging, or asking anyone to blog on his behalf, about Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, who is suing Meadors, among others, accusing them of making defaming comments on the Newton Citizen's website.

July 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burned body is missing Newton man

The body found in the trunk of a burning car in Atlanta on July 14 has been identified as the missing Newton County man, 49-year-old Gregory Vernon Harris, the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed.

July 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County campaign contributions

Who's giving money to whom?

July 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City revokes liquor license from restaurant

Porterdale council members decided to revoke three liquor licenses from Porterdale Bar and Grill for its failure to file distilled spirits excise tax returns in the amount of $1,650 and its failure to pay more than $500 in excise taxes.

The council voted 4-0 on the measure at a called city council meeting Thursday night after listening to an alcohol license hearing for Lindsay Crawford, the owner, CEO and CFO of Porterdale Bar and Grill. Councilman Tim Savage was not present during the meeting.

July 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local gun sales don't rise after shooting

Nationally, firearms sales are surging as a result of fears stirred by the Colorado movie massacre, but in Newton County, for the most part, gun sales are staying constant, according to local gun store owners.

July 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Phone scam targets disabled

Newton County resident Wanita Dodd had been waiting to hear about her disability settlement when she received a phone call from a man who appeared to want to help her.

The man, who said he was from U.S. Department of Health Services, convinced her that she qualified for a $7,000 grant. What made the call more alarming to Dodd was that the caller already knew her personal information.

July 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


4-H’ers shine at State 4-H Congress

We ended the last 4-H year this week with the project competition of 250 of the top 4-H'ers in the state, including four from Newton County.

While each of the 4-H'ers was nervously focused on the announcement of winners at State 4-H Congress, I have to admit, I wasn't nervous at all.

July 28, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Dorward: If these walls could talk

For many years, I had a recurring dream about a house. The dream would always begin with me walking through the woods, trying to find my way home. Branches veiled the moonlight, and as I came to a clearing, there it was, looming large and safe. I knew every closet, every corner, every keyhole. Then, years ago, the dreams tapered away and the image became faded and forgotten, tucked away like an old photo album.

I was house hunting on the Internet the first time I saw Orna Villa, the historic Greek Revival home built in 1820 by Dr. Alexander ...

July 28, 2012 | Lisa Dorward | LOCAL


Fan drive to help seniors

Local public safety organizations are partnering together to keep senior citizens cooler this summer, hosting a fan drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 1-3 at the community room of the Covington Fire Department's headquarters, 2101 Pace Street, Covington.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Part of Mill Street to close

The section of Mill Street between Newton Drive and Phedora Street will be closed to all through traffic from Monday through Aug. 30 for $148,000 worth of repairs designed to prevent flooding of the road.

July 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton girl to compete in national pageant

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Cole, of Newton County is a third grader at Oak Hill Elementary and she recently competed in the East Coast Beauty Pageant held in Raleigh, N.C. where she won the grand prize.

Kaitlyn will now represent North Carolina at Nationals against contestants representing every other state in Orlando, Fla. over Thanksgiving.

July 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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