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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


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


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Human remains found off Highway 81 and State Route 162

Human remains were discovered by a utility worker about 50 yards off of Highway 81 just south of Porterdale. The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) was at the scene by midmorning Thursday.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO seeking help in Publix theft

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is seeking assistance from the public in identifying two females who may have information about a theft that occurred at the Publix on Brown Bridge Road on Aug. 8.

November 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blanket contacting heater causes Wheat St fire

The Covington Fire Department responded to a residential fire at 5131 Wheat Street Wednesday evening.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek makes Dirty Dozen list

The Bear Creek Reservoir water supply project made a statewide list Wednesday, marking it as one of 12 entities the Georgia Water Coalition considers the worst offenders of the state's water ways.

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


BOC looks at options on solid wastes

Even if the changes brought in an $800,000 revenue stream, creating a new convenience center at the landfill and shutting down all others might be too radical for Newton County residents.

November 04, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Georgia State names Dean of Perimeter College

Peter Lyons, Georgia State University's associate provost for institutional effectiveness and a professor of social work in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, will become the first vice provost and dean of the new Perimeter College after the Board of Regents approves the consolidation of Georgia State and Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) in January.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early release day Friday for NCSS students

All Newton County schools will release students early on Friday, Nov. 6 so teachers can participate in professional learning activities.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO to receive accreditation from ACA

After a standards compliance audit from The American Correctional Association on Nov. 2-4, the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) will be awarded accreditation at the American Correctional Association (ACA) winter conference in January.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Van Ness top vote-getter; district 43 heads to runoff

There already had to be a special called election for State Senate District 43, and now there will need to be one more reason to go to the polls as Tuesday night's results led to a runoff.

November 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Election Results 2015

Live streaming coverage of Election Day 2015 from Newton County's Board of Election conference room.

November 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan, McKelvey elected, Whatley retains seat

There will be two new Covington city council members in January.

November 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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