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Hillman, Craig, Fuhrey receive MLK honors

The 31st annual Newton County Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a time of tribute, worship and celebration at Newton High School Sunday.

January 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Kerr recommends closing some recycling centers

At the Newton County Board of Commissioner (BOC) work session Jan. 12, Interim County Manager Lloyd Kerr recommended that some of the county's recycling ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC could go ahead on waste authority

Indicating they wanted to move forward with a solid waste authority, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) instructed Attorney Megan Martin of Jarrard and ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County ends annual hauling contract with Hilliard

Despite repeated attempts to explain the validity of cancelling a county contract for professional services at a Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session ...

January 18, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hwy 278 improvement district now in the hands of legislators

Business owners on Hwy. 278 are awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature on a piece of legislation that is approximately a year and half in ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: The state of our state is better than the rest

Governor Nathan Deal gave his annual State of the State speech this week, and in general, Georgians can be proud that things are much better ...

January 17, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Hightower Elementary class tours Capitol with State Sen. Van Ness

Newly elected State Senator JaNice Van Ness, of District 43, met Mrs. Iris Downs class from Hightower Elementary School at the Georgia capitol recently.

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stephens: Why do we observe a day for Martin Luther King Jr.?

Have you ever thought why, we as a nation, set aside a day every year to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? The third Monday ...

January 17, 2016 | Wiley Stephens | LOCAL


Our Thoughts: Welcome, GSU

Newton County has long been home to colleges such as Oxford College of Emory University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College, but now it can boast ...

January 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teenager will stand up to raise money for UGA Miracle

It's called a dance marathon, but the annual University of Georgia (UGA) Miracle fundraiser isn't all about dancing.

January 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


SPLOST: looking at the needs of the community

Newton County had its first meeting on a possible 2017 SPLOST referendum on Thursday, discussing such items as a new animal shelter, veteran's park ...

January 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Southern Heartland Arts to host annual fundraiser

Art has been proven to help develop motor skills, visual-learning, decision-making, creativity and more in children, but it is not always made a priority in ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Full-tuition scholarships for three Newton High seniors

Adam Fallah, Irma Soriano-Diaz and Crystal Sermon no longer have to worry about paying for their college educations.

January 16, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff Ezell Brown to seek third term in Newton County

Sheriff Ezell Brown will seek a third term as Newton County Sheriff after making the announcement before a large group of church members at Bethlehem ...

January 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County now home to Georgia State

The Georgia State University Panther family extended into Newton County Wednesday as the former Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus celebrated a merger a year in ...

January 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Free paper shred event coming to Covington

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) asks Newton County residents to bring paper documents to its next Paper Shred Event at the Newton County Library parking lot on Monday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for free on site shredding. Each person will be limited to 5 standard boxes of paper, and is asked to bring their documents to the left side of the library, located at 7166 Floyd Street, NE.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riverside mobile park floods due to heavy rains

Heavy rains have caused the Yellow River to rise to 12-to-13 feet this week, spilling out of its banks to flood a nearby RV park.

November 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


632 votes cast for council seats in early voting

Slightly less than 11 percent (10.9 percent) of Covington's registered voters have already filled out their ballots for the 2015 city council elections.

November 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber to host build-a-biz event

The Newton County Chamber of Commerce will hold a "Build a Business" presentation on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington Street, Southwest, Covington.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What will be the small business of the year?

The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual "Dick James Small Business of the Year" award, to be given at the Chamber's annual meeting in January.

November 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trick or treats in Covington

Thousands of children put on their best princess, super hero, fireman, policeman and pumpkin costumes for Halloween Saturday.

November 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Johnston: The time is now

The retail development referred to by Mr. Dalton in his letter to the citizens of Covington and Newton County, is one of the most important opportunities our community has seen in decades.

November 01, 2015 | Ronnie Johnston | LOCAL


To vote or not to vote?

It's election time, and you know all about it-debates have been going on for months; that Trump guy is all over the TV; socialism is a hot topic; and a day doesn't go by without the national news stations mentioning Hillary's emails.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bobby Weaver search ends after remains found near Hwy. 142

For more than 25 months the family of Robert "Bobby" Weaver has been looking for the Oxford resident who took his dog for a walk down Hwy. 142.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Development seeks 99 acres of city land

A large commercial development could be close to arriving in Covington.

November 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber Board: Project Kitchen Sink

Dear Citizens of Covington and Newton County:

November 01, 2015 | Chamber Board of Directors | LOCAL


Newton County leads the way in state roundabouts

Like many residents of the county, Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair Keith Ellis, was skeptical.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Referendum next step in urban redevelopment

Porterdale voters are being asked to give the city to go-ahead in the next step of its urban redevelopment plan.

October 31, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


CPD officer John Laudermilk arrested

Covington Police Department (CPD) Officer John Alex Laudermilk was arrested by the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Wednesday.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Remains identified as those of Bobby Weaver

During a search by the Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) for missing person Robert (Bobby Weaver, III), human remains were found Oct. 24.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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