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Militia group plans protest for Tuesday evening

Though a special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) was cancelled. a local militia group announced it will continue with a ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meeting on lifting moratorium cancelled

A special called meeting at which two Newton County commissioners said they were going to vote to lift the moratorium on permits for places of ...

September 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Traffic lights, gazebo and parks topics at town hall meeting

Around 30 people, some retirees of the city, turned out for a town hall meeting hosted by the Covington City Council at Covington First United ...

September 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcohol availability changed in the county

There will be some new options for business owners wanting to sell alcohol in Newton County. The board of commissioners (BOC) approved changes to the ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rabbits, chickens and cows, oh, my!

"I just can't believe how much 4-H has changed as kids changed!" a 4-H alum from the 1950s told me this summer.

September 11, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


Bringing lessons learned in Israel back to Newton County

Counter-terrorism isn't always a violent response to extremism. It is also about building partnerships and offering alternatives that make extremism less attractive.

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Trash fees

Starting Oct. 15 Newton County residents will need to have a tag hanging from the mirrors of their vehicles in order to access one of ...

September 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


CPD from Georgia to Georgia

It wasn't that he and some of his officers have been invited three times to train the Republic of Georgia's police in response ...

September 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Brotherhood of firefighters will ‘never forget’

The hunk of steel is the upper section of an I-beam. A chunk of concrete with a few strands of rebar bent back hand on ...

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New city logo to be drafted by UGA Design Studio students

Sixteen landscape design students from the University of Georgia's Design Studio presented information about creating memorable logos to the Covington City Council Monday night.

September 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


33rd CPD Fuzz Run

The largest annual fund raiser for the Covington Police Department's Police Who Care Fund went off without a hitch Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Level 1 drought declared in Newton County

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) declared a Level 1 drought in 53 counties, including Newton County.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Farm to table dinner to benefit Action Ministries

Dining at one table to provide meals for another is the idea behind the Farm-to-Table Dinner on the historic Covington Square on Sunday, Sept. 18 ...

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Explore Covington rail trail section at preview

Technically, the trail section isn't open to the public, yet.

September 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Pilot Club donates to Sheriff Brown, Project LifeSaver

The Pilot Club of Covington presented Sheriff Ezell Brown with a $700 donation for Project LifeSaver, according to a press release by the Newton County ...

September 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Beer Bandit Busted

A 30-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning on a charge of shoplifting after he allegedly tried to steal a shopping cart full of beer from Kroger on U.S. Highway 278.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man Charged with Child Molestation

Charles L. Skrobot resigned from the Covington Redevelopment Authority last week after being charged with child molestation on Oct. 5.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police Respond to Family Dispute

A heated clash between a mother and daughter got officers from the Covington Police Department called to Turner Street Thursday evening.

October 13, 2010 | Nic Walter | LOCAL


Covington man dies in Sunday wreck on I-20

A 28-year-old Covington man died early Sunday after his car crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 near the Salem Road exit in Rockdale County, state troopers reported.

October 11, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Tides’ author Pat Conroy speaks At Burge Plantation

Pat Conroy, native Atlantan and quintessential Southern writer, entertained an audience of about 300 Thursday evening at Burge Plantation.

October 10, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Candidates, voters both active early

Georgia has one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, increasing voter access and pushing candidates to campaign longer and establish platforms earlier.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jim Dial gets judicial sendoff

Jim Dial worked only a few hours each day at the judicial center as its mail clerk, but his sunny personality and loving attitude has left an indelible mark on his co-workers.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates schoolhouse grand opening

The Town of Newborn celebrated the grand opening of its historical schoolhouse Oct. 2 with free lunch and music. Several residents from near and far came back to reminisce about their experiences as students, including Mary Formo, who traveled all the way from Washington.

Formo made the cross-country trip because she spent a few years of her childhood here on a 70-acre farm. She remembers skipping school and hiding in the honeysuckle with her best friend Anne.

October 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to try to qualify for pilot program

Newton County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to try to qualify for participation in a pilot program to protect the integrity of agricultural areas in the county.

If selected, Newton County will receive help from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission staff through its Local Agricultural Protection Guide Pilot Program.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Digest Drop

Newton County governments might have to slash budgets by another 12 percent to 15 percent next year because of zero growth and a new state bill designed to have property tax assessment valuations reflect actual sales prices on homes.

Newton County Chief Tax Assessor Tommy Knight said Tuesday that a natural decline in property values will account for about 5 percent of the drop. An additional 7 percent or 8 percent decline will be caused by S.B. 346, which requires local governments to appraise property at the price it was sold, including foreclosures and short sales.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington declared Camera Ready

State officials said Thursday that they view Covington as the model of a film-friendly community and will be promoting Newton County more aggressively than ever as the state seeks to increase its entertainment market share.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkins now available at church patch

The star attractions are in and available at the fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First-hand knowledge guides 4-H for 106 years

By 1910, a Newton County innovation was catching on across the country.

October 08, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Career Fair today

A career fair featuring 17 employers will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 387 W. Hightower Trail in Social Circle.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson requests new trial

Nearly a year after his first trial, convicted murderer Franklin Elliott Benson on Thursday went before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. to request a new trial, citing ineffective assistance of council and inefficiency of evidence.

Benson, 50, was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, whose body parts were found off Georgia Highway 212 on Oct. 30, 2007. Williams' head and torso were never found.

October 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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