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Jessicah Peters

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4Sarah golf tournament to be held in August

Helping women out of the sex industry is 4Sarah’s biggest goal. The organization desires to empower change by offering scholarships to women and girls that want to exit the industry and learn new jobs skills.

City Council agrees to light pedestrian bridge

lighting agreement has been made for the pedestrian bridge along Ga. Highway 81 over Interstate 20 in hopes of making that walkway more safe for the community.

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Blood bus coming to Newton Medical

The blood bus is coming to Covington and individuals are encouraged to stop in and take a seat.

Area locals needed as extras in film

Another film is being produced in Covington. The feature film, “Operator,” began Wednesday but still needs extras.

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Portion of Monticello St. renamed to honor veterans

COVINGTON — A local resident and veteran asked the Covington City Council to consider renaming a portion of Monticello Street to honor World War II veterans.

City Council to research bus program plan before applying for funds

A transportation plan needs to be mulled over before the Covington City Council decides to apply for a grant from the state Department of Transportation.

Construction bid to be chosen for burn building

The fire training facility’s burn building to be used by Newton County Fire Service and the Covington Fire Department is moving one step closer to being built.

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Finding jewels at Newton Medical

Glenda Smith, who works in the sterile processing tech surgery unit, chooses between two necklaces at the Newton Medical Center’s $5 Masquerade jewelry sale on Tuesday. The sale is just one of the many fundraising efforts to help the hospital’s Auxiliary and Volunteer Services. Smith said she attends every sale in search of small gifts for her sisters. (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

City Council gives $25K for community improvement district startup

A group of business owners along the U.S. Highway 278 corridor are quickly gaining support for a self-tax to create a “community improvement district,” including approval from the Covington City Council.

One BUI issued in Newton over holiday weekend

Newton County didn’t experience much trouble on the water during the July Fourth weekend.

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Taking shape: Ross remodels Covington Corners Shopping Center building

Ross remodels Covington Corners Shopping Center building

Ross remodels Covington Corners Shopping Center building

Newton BOC set to adopt budget July 17

Now that a consensus has been reached, the Newton County Board of Commissioners will take the next step forward in the budget process by holding the first public hearing next week.

Early voting for July 22 runoff underway

Early voting is underway for the July 22 runoff election. Commissioner J.C. Henderson is facing off against candidate Sonya Hunte for the District 4 seat in Newton County.

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Celebrating the red, white and blue

COVINGTON — Covington and Newton County have put on patriotic colors and are ready to celebrate America’s birthday on Friday.

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Getting fired up for the Fourth

Fireworks for the Fourth

While fireworks are bright and beautiful in the sky, there are many precautions to take before lighting the fuse.

Newton Medical to host jewelry sale

Accessories, necklaces, bracelets and more will be available during a special sale at the Newton Medical Center.

GDOT restricts lane closures for July 4 weekend

For travelers planning to hit the road during July 4th weekend, road construction will be one less burden throughout the state of Georgia.

Newton BOC set to lower millage rate to 11.225

Newton County Board of Commissioners reached a consensus to reduce the millage rate from 11.54 to 11.225 to save taxpayers some money in fiscal year 2015.

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YMCA campers hit the tennis courts

Anna Underwood swings the tennis racket for a quick hit during the Covington Family YMCA Sport and Swim camp. The camp welcomes boys and girls ages 7 through 11 to learn a variety of sports and then take a dip at the pool in the afternoon. Children can still sign up to participate July 1-3. For more information, contact the YMCA at 770-787-3908 or go to (Staff photos: Julie Wells)

Concert to benefit local brain cancer patient

In support of a local woman facing a battle against brain cancer, there will be a benefit concert on the lawn at Mitcham Farm this weekend.

Newton County offers July 4 celebrations

Newton County is preparing to celebrate Independence Day in a big way this year.

CPR classes offered by Covington Fire

With more than 88 percent of cardiac arrests happening at home, Covington Fire Department is encouraging more residents to get CPR certified.

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Taking a break from art camp

Southern Heartland art campers play on the Square

Art camp students enjoy a break on the Square.

The Center to host public meetings on 2050 Plan

The 2050 plan for Newton County is moving forward into the next phase by hosting public meetings to discuss the baseline ordinances.

Newton Medical offers prenatal education classes

Soon-to-be parents are encouraged to attend Newton Medical Center’s prenatal education sessions starting in July.

County fixing up five houses through NSP

Through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, five homes in Newton County are set to receive makeovers and soon house new families.

NCWSA changes rate structure

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is changing its rate structure to make it possible for super conservers to save money.

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Georgia FFA-FCCLA hosts another Udder Mud Run

For the second year in the row, the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center wants participants to get a little dirty for a good cause.

Covington joins rail case, wants payment for easements

While one trails organization wants to purchase and create new walking trails along a railroad corridor, property owners want to be paid for their easements.

Newton courts receive grant funding

The Alcovy Judicial Circuit is set to receive a variety of grants that will help improve the operations of the Adult Drug Court and Resource Court.

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Hot rods coming to Square for Salvation Army

In an effort to stock the food pantry at the Salvation Army service center in Newton County, the organization’s board is hosting its second annual car show from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

BOC approves bids for Airport Road, Alcovy Trestle Road projects

Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a construction bid that will help improve the entrance at Flint Hill Elementary on Airport Road.

Covington City Council approves $126.9M budget

City Council has approved its budget for the fiscal year 2014-15, spending $126.4 million which is less than its set budget of $126.9 million.

Newton BOC fails to reach consensus on millage rate

Newton County Board of Commissioners couldn’t come to a consensus in order to set a lower millage rate, delaying the budget process.

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Oxford to celebrate 175 years

In honor of its 175th anniversary, the city of Oxford plans to host a variety of events in addition to the annual July 4th celebration.

Covington YMCA offers free triathlon training for kids

Young athletes who want to take a shot at a triathlon can receive free training at the Covington Family YMCA starting June 24.

Swain hired as Covington transportation director

With 30 years experience with the state Department of Transportation, Ken Swain now steps into a slower paced job as the city of Covington’s new transportation director.

HBO to film Bessie in Covington starting Monday

More film production crews will be in Covington starting Monday to produce HBO’s film, “Bessie.”

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Miracle League looks for coaches, volunteers

The Miracle League of Newton County is one step closer to hosting its first ever series of games for special needs children and is now accepting applications for coaches and volunteers.

Newton BOC, Planning Commission talk Brick Store Overlay

In a joint meeting, Newton County Board of Commissioners and the county’s Planning Commission discussed future plans for the Brick Store Overlay.

Newton BOC to review Nelson Heights policy

In light of a recent teenage party held at the Nelson Heights Community Center, Newton County Board of Commissioners want to review the policies currently in place for county-owned community centers.

Newton BOC mulls over millage rate, employee bonuses

County commissioners continued to mull over how to lower the property taxes for citizens while providing the quality of services and keeping employees happy.

Fleming endorses Belton for District 112 run-off

Former candidate for the State House District 112 Ester Fleming is now putting his support behind Dave Belton of Morgan County who will face Aaron Brooks in the run-off.

Newton Medical to host breast cancer awareness party

Newton County Medical Center invites the community to the “Breast Party Ever” to learn more about breast cancer awareness.

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Main Street director brings fresh eyes

With nearly a month under her belt, Covington Main Street Director Velinda Wheeles has stepped up to the role, bringing new ideas to the table.

DNR to enforce boater education course

The state Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division wants more boaters to be safe this summer through a boater education course.

Covington Public Works receives re-accreditation

By receiving its second re-accreditation, the city of Covington’s Public Works Department has shown dedication to national standards.

Cornhole event for teenager with cerebral palsy set for Saturday

Members of the community have found a way to give back and help a 15-year-old in need by hosting a cornhole tournament.

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YMCA offers sport and swim camp

Starting Monday children will have a new opportunity to burn some energy and stay cool in the summer heat.

NCSO collecting out-of-date prescription drugs

Newton County Sheriff’s Office wants to help reduce prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse by offering a way to dispose of household pills that are out of date or no longer needed.