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Newman, Warfield named new principals

One of the first items on Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's agenda for the 2015-16 school year was filling the vacancies led by South Salem and Porterdale elementary schools principals Holly Dubois and Dr. Lizella Dodson, respectively.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Budget discussion heats up

Newton County faces some tough decisions for next year's budget with the Sheriff seeking a $6.2 million increase and county employees impatient for raises.

May 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Kindergarten round-up this week

Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of May 4- May 7. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015 (child must have been born on or before September 1, 2010) to register for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kroger to host racing theme Fan Fest

The Kroger on Salem Road is celebrating racing and its customers today during Fan Fest from 3-7 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No vote from BOC after executive session

The Newton County Board of Commissioners did not conduct a vote or public business following an executive session to discuss personnel Wednesday.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club celebrates top 30 students

The Covington Rotary Club held its 50th annual Top Ten Reception and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Form of Government Committee grapples with structure, accountability

The citizen committee reviewing Newton County's form of government is closing in on a final draft report as it continues to wrestle with fundamental questions of structure and accountability.

April 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CPD looking for 3 women in credit card "fraud"

The Covington Police Department is searching for three females who allegedly attempted to purchase food at Zaxby's with stolen credit card numbers.

April 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS procedures for HB91 petitions for diplomas

As a result of the passage of House Bill (HB) 91 in the Georgia General Assembly, former Newton County School System (NCSS) students who did not earn a diploma due to failing one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation test or the Georgia High School Writing Test now have the opportunity to petition the Newton County School System to receive their high school diploma.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CARE benefit raises money for scholarships

Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.

April 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Coyote jumps into kitchen chasing cat

A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.

April 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


About the FFA-FCCLA Center?

When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?

April 26, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


First graduate of resource court program recognized

It seemed appropriate that Daniel Pittman wore a T-shirt with the word "Hope" emblazoned on it.

April 26, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Purchasing policy committee hits snag

A standoff is brewing over the purchasing policy committee with Commissioner John Douglas backing Commissioner J.C. Henderson's last minute attempt to appoint a vendor to the committee seeking to tighten oversight of county spending.

April 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Nearly $900,000 owed in county taxes

As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.

April 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Local officials work on redistricting

Update, Oct. 5, 11:05 a.m.: Chairman Kathy Morgan said local elected officials looked at the map created by the redistricting office and used it as a beginning point for a new map.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Voices from the Past cemetery tour

The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour will be held at the Oxford Historic Cemetery on Oct. 13. The cemetery is located on Highway 81 just north of Oxford. The tour entrance will be on the corner of Asbury and Collingwood streets. There will be two sessions, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointed time to be in place for the start of the tour. People booked on the later tour might want to bring a flashlight.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Practice before play for 4-H brothers

"My dad says, 'practice, and then you can play,'" said third grader Luke Wallace.

October 05, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


The Mural Man

Andrew Sabori painted murals of rock-n-roll artists Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they were still up-and-comers playing in The Fillmore in San Francisco. His art has hung in The Apollo Theater and The Julliard School. He spent years gracing the walls of Las Vegas casinos with his painted scenery.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two industries coming to county

Newton County's manufacturing base continues to buoy the local job market, as four existing industries and two new industries are expected to hire workers.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yo Gabba Gabba stars are coming to the Mall at Stonecrest

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Mall at Stonecrest, the cast of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" make an exclusive appearance direct from the hit Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Meet Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon. Bring the kids, bring the camera and meet the stars of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" up close and personal like never before.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 represent Georgia horse competition

If 4-H'ers are challenged to start a revolution of responsibility, three Newton 4-H'ers are leading the revolution on studying hard and working as a team.

October 03, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County, school to talk local redistricting

Now that the state and federal districts have been redrawn, local redistricting is beginning in earnest.

October 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after fighting niece

A family fight in front of his 94-year-old mother led to the arrest of 58-year-old Willie Rogers Pitts Thursday night.

October 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tiger in a Tiara

Kate Palo was crowned Homecoming Queen of Alcovy High School Friday night when the Tigers beat Ola High School.

October 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy ends up in shootout

A Newton County deputy was shot at Saturday morning while assisting the U.S. Marshall's in apprehending a man wanted out of Ohio.

October 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 30

Robin L. Jones, violation of probation, revoke two years to prison.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman found dead in Newton County Jail

A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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