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Watch: Landfill issues take center stage

The Newton County landfill has been a hot topic in the county and with the board of commissioners.

January 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Baxalta enters in $32B deal with Shire

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Irish drugmaker Shire PLC's second attempt to buy Baxalta looks more likely to succeed, with Baxalta's board backing the ...

January 12, 2016 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford College graduate to speak at MLK Celebration

The Keynote speaker at this year's King Celebration, to be held Jan. 17 at the Newton County High School Auditorium, 1 Ram Way, Covington ...

January 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Belton: Regarding Ga. education: Time to bridge the gap

Teachers in Georgia should be proud that our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 79 percent (Newton was even better at ...

January 10, 2016 | | LOCAL


What’s behind the BOC’s vote of no confidence

After four of the five commissioners serving Newton County cast votes of no confidence against the leadership of Chair Keith Ellis, statements and interviews have ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


A decision on form of government

After years of discussions and shifting responsibilities, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted 4-1 to approve enabling legislation, officially changing the county's ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Search for county manager put on hold

At Thursday night's special called meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), District 3 Commission Nancy Schulz made a motion that put ...

January 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs named to Joint Development Authority

Former State Representative Denny Dobbs has been appointed to serve as Newton County's citizen representative on the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Toy Ride helps 1,000 get toys

Thanks to more than 250 motorcycle riders and donors and the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) more than 1,000 children received gifts from ...

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Addison leads the way during annual prayer breakfast

The Georgia legislative session begins Monday, meaning the laws that will shape the future of the state will be made by the men and women ...

January 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises more than $14,000 for Chimney Park

Thanks to the Festival of Trees, a big check was presented to the Friends of Newton County Parks for improvements to Chimney Park Thursday.

January 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien indicted

Former Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien was booked into the Newton County Detention Center Friday after a Grand Jury handed down an indictment ...

January 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


New form of government voted on by BOC

One surprise followed another at Thursday evening's Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) work session and follow-up special called meeting.

The BOC voted for ...

January 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC meeting shadowed by conflict

Emotions ran high, framing the year's first meeting of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday night.

January 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held Friday

The 2016 Georgia legislative session is set to begin Jan. 11 with a full slate of decisions to be made by state senators and representatives.

January 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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American Legion to honor fallen

The American Legion Post 32 will host its annual Memorial Day event on the square at 10 a.m. on Monday.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Six manhole covers stolen in city

Covington Police responded to Covington's maintenance department about a theft.

May 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man arrested for drive-by shooting

Newton County officers responded to a call of a possible shooting. Newton County Dispatch told the responding officer that someone was driving by shooting on Brown Road.

May 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local man named EMT of the Year

For Ryan Roth, nothing but the best is acceptable.

May 24, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


What to do with the kids this summer

Now that students' are out for summer vacation, the question becomes how to keep them occupied for the next couple of months without breaking the bank. Thankfully Newton County has plenty to not only keep the kids occupied, but also enjoy time together as well.

May 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local mom supports "Duets" contestant

With eight No. 1 singles and several Grammys, American Country Music and Country Music Awards under her belt, it is obvious to mostly everyone that Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is the person to beat on the new ABC show Duets which premiered last night at 8/7c.

May 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Children eat small packets of detergent

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Poison Center is warning parents to be on guard after young children have eaten laundry detergent "pods."

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County's jobless rate drops

Newton County's unemployment rate dropped slightly from to 9.9 percent in April compared to 10.2 percent in March and 10.9 percent in April 2011.

May 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County budget won’t need tax hike

Four county commissioners informally agreed at Monday night's work session to support a $44.89 million budget that will restore five paid working days to employees, but will not give the chamber of commerce any additional funding for economic development.

Commissioners Mort Ewing, Tim Fleming, Nancy Schulz and Lanier Sims said Monday they were comfortable with the proposed budget as created by County Manager John Middleton, Finance Director Michelle Kelly and staff. Commissioner J.C. Henderson did not attend the budget work session.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cousins had lockdown due to suicide threat

Cousins Middle School was on lockdown Monday for several hours, after calls came in to 911 about a man threatening suicide in the woods behind the school.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man called 911 around 2:30 p.m. He gave a name but officials were - and are - unsure if it was a nickname. He also called from an untraceable cell phone. Morrison said he called several times, reiterating that he planned to kill himself.

May 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins 17 AP contest awards

The Covington News won 17 awards in this year's 2011 Georgia Associated Press contest, nabbing the second most awards among papers in its class size behind only sister paper The Statesboro Herald.

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Qualifying for political offices Wed-Fri

After a slow start to the political season, candidate's announcements have come fast and furious the past couple of weeks and official qualifying will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

May 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City approves water rate increase

The Covington city council voted 4-2 to increase the water rate by 30 cents for every 1,000 gallons used over the 3,000 minimum, with councilman Chris Smith and councilwoman Hawnethia Williams opposing.

The increase is based on usage and comes as a result of the county raising the wholesale price of water.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Children hurt in bus accident back home

All 56 children from Burke County Middle School, who were injured in the chain collision involving six school buses on Saturday, are back home in Waynesboro.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Trespasser cuts off tops of flowers

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a trespassing call, Kelly Smith told the officer that an unknown person had cut the tops out of several of her petunias.

The petunias were planted under her bedroom window. The damage was valued at approximate $10. Smith requested an extra patrol in the area.

May 22, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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