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From France to Covington for student

Fifteen-year-old Priscille Guichon, from Lyon, France, chose to take a leap of faith this year and spend an entire school year in the U.S. with people she never met for the opportunity to study abroad.

August 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Christmas in July for terminal patient

What has been a long hard battle against cancer for 68-year-old Shirley Moss now comes down to a few precious months left to spend with her family and friends.

August 04, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Students return back to school

Today was the first day back to school for Newton County students. The days of summer are long gone, and now children are ready to get back into routine of going to class and homework. We asked our followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to post their back to school pictures.

August 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Pre-registration filling up for Alcovy Fitness Club

Formally known as the Covington Athletic Club, Alcovy Fitness and Wellness has seen a large number of people pre-registering to take advantage of low prices and an initiation fee of $99 waived for those wishing to sign up before the gym re-opens around the beginning of November.

July 31, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Business


Car crashes into Kelly's Pool Service

A woman accidentally drove her car into the front of Kelly's Pool Service Monday afternoon damaging part of the store's brick exterior, breaking a window and knocking down the railing in front of the store.

July 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington native brings fun to libraries

The Porterdale Memorial Library hosted a fun event for children and adults alike on Tuesday. Covington native Andy Irwin told stories from his childhood and performed comedic songs for his audience.

July 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Salem UMC’s team went to Philippines

During the first two weeks of June, Salem United Methodist Church's mission team went to the Philippines for a life-changing experience. Church member Carol Standard led the team of 14 people from the church including her brother from out of town.

July 12, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | RELIGION


Local boy's poster moves to nationals

Many people often say home is where the heart is, but to eight-year-old Flint Hill elementary student Keyon Davis, home means much more.

July 07, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Mulch fire could cost city $60K

A fire that happened Sunday evening at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority is still causing problems as late as Tuesday evening, potentially polluting Indian Creek that runs into the Yellow River and costing the city thousands of dollars hauling off debris.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


4th of July contingency plans

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, many residents of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, and Social Circle are left wondering whether or not the festivities for the Fourth of July will go on as planned.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Celebrate 4th of July all over Newton

A parade, fireworks and good ol'fashion family fun are planned in Newton County for the Fourth of July. Here's the lowdown on events happening all over the county.

June 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


GPC to accept original EHS transcripts

UPDATE: According to Georgia Perimeter College's spokeswoman Beverly James, the school has agreed to accept original transcripts from Eastside High School.

June 27, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Education


Berry, berry good

When Bill and Carolyn Kitchen moved to Social Circle from Tucker 30 years ago, they never would have guessed the few blueberry bushes they planted would turn into a full blueberry farm years later.

June 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | 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


Swinson moving on to Fort Valley

Newton High School senior and former star softball player Kelsey Swinson signed a letter of intent to play at Fort Valley State University Tuesday.

May 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Newton


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