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Investigators interview toddler’s mother

UPDATE, March 31 3:15 p.m.: NCSO investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Highway 11 and Patrick Road yesterday afternoon ...

March 31, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Toddler's mother located

The mother of a missing toddler has been located, according to an early morning email from Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Public Information Officer ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Public questionnaire to help guide regional economic development

Public input is needed for the five-year update to Northeast Georgia's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS).

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


NCSO obtains international accreditation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) obtained its official international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) March 25.

March 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Board approves Hwy-278 CID

The Board of Directors of the Highway 278 Improvement Association, Inc. voted at its March 22 meeting to create the Highway 278 Community Improvement District ...

March 28, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


SPLOST passes

With 75.59 percent of the voters choosing to pass the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the penny sales tax will continue ...

March 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Pictures of Progress: Three Ring Studios

A plot of land off Highway 142 and City Pond Road is currently being cleared to make way for the construction of Three Ring Studios ...

March 25, 2017 | Jarred Todd | Local


Tree falls on house Tuesday

A large tree fell on a Mill Village house during Tuesday night's storms. According to a Covington Fire Department spokesman, the tree fell onto ...

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor

The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent ...

March 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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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 since 2000.

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 least $4,123,474 of SPLOST funds was used for Impact Fee fund projects.

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, the accountant with Frazier and Deeter, released his findings on the Washington Street and Nelson Heights Community centers.

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 Commissioners during Tuesday's public meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

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 his decades of service Friday afternoon.

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 earned by only 10schools in Georgia and 239 nationally.

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 Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California.

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 CovNews.com and Sunday's print edition of The Covington News.

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 appeal of Goldstein, Garber & Salama, LLC v. J.B. The Supreme Court of Georgia will hear arguments in the case Monday, Dec. 5, during its 10 a.m. session.

December 01, 2016 | Staff Report | 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 of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit (Newton County and Walton County) will be sworn in by the Honorable Harris P. Hines, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

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 flight back to Washington D.C. Tuesday morning.

November 29, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


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