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Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident slows I-20 near exit 90

A vehicular accident on I-20 near exit 90 occured around 8:45 Tuesday morning, starting to slow down traffic westbound.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman who ran over boyfriend arrested

A Covington woman allegedly ran over her boyfriend with his vehicle after the two had a verbal altercation.

January 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County landfill costs at tipping point

The trash may be buried, but county commissioners caught a whiff of the cost of Newton County's landfill Thursday night, and it did not smell sweet.

January 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How will the merger affect Newton County?

The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make the institution the largest university in the state.

January 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring Dr. MLK through local service

Thousands of people throughout America will take a day off to celebrate MLK Day, but for many it will not be a day off, but a day on.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Teacher charged with urinating in class

RIVERDALE, Ga. - A substitute teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Clayton County is charged with child molestation after students said he urinated into a trash can inside a classroom.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment rate declines

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in March.

The state's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in April a year ago.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen ashes found

UPDATE: James Dailey will get the ashes back of his deceased wife.

May 18, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn cleans up

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton schools realign central staff

A realignment of the Newton County School System central office staff will take effect on July 1.

May 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


City authority buys more Walker’s Bend lots

The Covington City Council had several contentious split votes Monday night regarding parking rules on the square, more land purchases in the Walker's Bend subdivision and even a fireworks bid for the July 3 celebration.

May 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nurse of the Year named

Members of Covington's healthcare community will now be honored annually by the Rotary Club.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 18

Bobby Joe Fowler, first degree forgery, 10 years probation, 180-240 days detention center, $1,000.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - May 18

Calvin Nathaniel McCutchen, 20, 9445 Tara Drive, Covington, May 5. Terroristic threats and acts.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jazz by the River

Expect some cool sounds on a warm night at the Homegrown Jazz by the River concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts, 1109 Main St. in Porterdale.

May 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Job preparation classes offered by chamber

Students looking for summer employment or adults looking for a job-hunting edge can attend seminars on dressing for success and customer service from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Heights Community Center at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman reported kidnapped charged

CANTON - Cherokee County officials say a woman who claimed she was being kidnapped has been charged with making a false report of a crime and making false statements.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas prices in Newton higher than average

When you fill up your car in Newton County, you're paying for some of the highest-priced gas in Georgia.

May 17, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


More rental properties in Newton

Floyd Street in Covington is the county's most recognizable corridor, lined with antebellum mansions, impeccably manicured landscaping and..."for rent" signs?

May 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Atlanta cops bust 80 in vice sweep

ATLANTA - Atlanta police say they made nearly 80 arrests in "Operation Summer Heat" targeting prostitution and narcotics on city streets.

Police say more than 60 of the arrests were connected to prostitution during the six-day operation that ended Sunday morning.

May 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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