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County department heads asked to reduce budget

County department heads are being asked to cut their budget requests back to amounts used in fiscal year 2016.

May 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Imagination has no limits

Friends of Newton County Parks hosted its annual fundraiser for Chimney Park Saturday, bringing imaginations to life with the yearly Fairy Festival. The festival is ...

May 11, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia releases 2014-2015 CCRPI results

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2014 through 2015 school year was released Tuesday by state school superintendent, Richard Woods.

May 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Unemployment rates drop in Newton County

While Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage in March, the decrease in unemployment claims in Newton County was three-tenths ...

May 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Restoring a historic home one project at a time

After all the contracts were signed, he stood in a state of shock and wondered what he had just let himself in for, he said.

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council approves employee benefits package

As the Covington City Council prepares to meet to go over the first draft of the 2017 budget, council members used Monday night to approve ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rep. Dave Belton named chair of base realignment student

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) recently appointed State Representative Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) as the Chairman of the House Study Committee on Base Realignment and ...

May 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State to match Newton funds for Agriculture Center

A Newton County Agriculture Center will be built and operated in partnership with the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center, pending approval from the Newton County Board of ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commission candidates talk planning ahead of primary voting

Voting for the 2016 election is underway with a little over 800 people visiting the Newton County Administration Building to cast a ballot for either ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County will have a new form of government come January

The county's enabling legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, according to Rep. Dave Belton, who informed Newton's Commissioners ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Department heads make case for new city personnel

Four City of Covington department heads and the E911 Call Center Director made the case for their 2017 budget and staffing requests to the city ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCCA holds fourth student film festival

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) held its fourth student Film Festival in the evening of May 5 on campus. It was a small ...

May 09, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton Federal Bank named 2016 NCSS partner of the year

Newton Federal Bank was named the 2016 Newton County School System Partner of the Year Wednesday.

May 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Rotary Club honors Class of 2016’s top students

The Rotary Club of Covington saluted Newton County School System students Monday in its annual Top 10 reception.

May 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County's form of government signed by Gov. Deal

Newton County will have a new form of government come January.

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Celebrating Black History Month

The Sixth Annual Black History Month Celebration from Newton County, Covington and the Covington Main Street program was themed Hallowed Ground and featured readings and performances from several community members.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Walk of Heroes memorial in need of help

A new campaign push will begin this week. The Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial project, based in Conyers, will be reaching out to regional residents, veterans and leaders to request donations.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont Technical College declared ‘strong; breaking boundaries

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has added a police academy and film production programs to its Newton campus. The programs provide students a new path for career training.

February 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Ga. State Trooper throws hat in ring for District 1

Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley, a 24-year-old Republican, is running for Newton County's Board of Commissioners District 1 seat. This seat is currently held by John Douglas, who recently announced that he will not be running for reelection.

February 27, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Jeffares: Senate business picks up ahead of Crossover day

We've had some long days this week as we've been working through a considerable amount of legislation. This Monday is Crossover day (or the 30th legislative day) which is the last day in which bills originating in the Senate Chamber can be voted on and transmitted to the House for consideration. Starting Monday, the Senate will only be hearing bills that originated in the House and vice versa.

February 27, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Celebrating rejuvenation at GSU-Newton’s daffodil festival

The name of the college may have changed, but the annual festival celebrating the flowering of daffodils continues.

February 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton chapter of DAR announces essay winners

The Sergeant Newton Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated its annual Georgia Day and the chapter's 121st birthday at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Burge Plantation in Mansfield.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 4 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with state legislators and officials. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors who attended the event included: President Brent Galloway, Secretary/Treasurer Chuck Berry, Legislative Committee Chairman Julius Hays, Kevin Mitcham, and Richard Jolley.

February 27, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sakamoto pleads not guilty to terroristic threats

A former Oxford College of Emory University student pled not guilty to two charges of making terroristic threats last fall.

February 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


67-year-old Covington man dies in wreck

A Covington man died on the scene after his vehicle was struck by another on Butler Bridge Road early Thursday morning.

February 26, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New application process for theme schools

The Newton County Theme School has modified its application process for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

February 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares: at the halfway point

We have passed the half-way point of the 2016 legislative session and are rapidly approaching Crossover Day as we finish week six. We had the opportunity to hear a number of bills this week, all of which I'm sure will benefit many in our state.

February 23, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Indian Creek math team take 3rd in regional

The Indian Creek Middle School math team accomplished something no other Newton County School system middle school has accomplished before.

February 21, 2016 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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