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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


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


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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


Daylight Saving Time set to end; time to replace smoke alarm batteries

Sunday morning -- really early, as in 2 a.m. -- the clocks roll back for daylight savings time.

October 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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