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Boutique fitness booming in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Moxie Fitness, Covington's newest fitness club has brought boutique fitness to Newton County.

June 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


GPTC announces Advanced Manufacturing Lab roll-out

COVINGTON, Ga. - Monday, before a packed room of invited guests, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) officially announced the roll-out of its new Advanced Manufacturing Lab.

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Jail Log: June 21

Marie Hinson Allen, 57, Social Circle, June 19, possession and use of drug-related objects, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession ...

June 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


L.C. Farrow

L.C. Farrow, of Mansfield, passed away June 20, 2017, at the age of 87. From 1948 – 1952, Mr. Farrow proudly served his country in ...

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city's utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.

June 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Christopher Ray ‘Bubba’ Tomlin

Mr. Christopher Ray "Bubba" Tomlin, age 58 of Williamson, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at Wellstar Spalding Regional Hospital.

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams, of Covington, went to be with her Savior on June 18, 2017, at 81 years of age. Born May 29, 1936, to Stewart ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Four NCSS schools named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit

COVINGTON, Ga. - The National Beta Club has announced that four Newton County School System (NCSS) schools have achieved 2017 National Beta School of Merit status ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


SMP Corp. wins first round of Atlanta Metro Export Challenge

COVINGTON, Ga. - Congratulations to SMP Corporation as a first round winner of the annual Atlanta Metro Export Challenge, a grant program targeting companies with innovative ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Business


NCSO school officers complete training

COVINGTON, Ga. - During the week of June 5 through June 9 the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO)School Resource Officers (SRO) successfully completed a ...

June 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime


Billy David “Brutha Love” Parks, Sr.

Billy David "Brutha Love" Parks, Sr., age 58, passed away June 18, 2017. Memorial Service 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Chapel ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Martha Parr Arnold

Martha Parr Arnold, of Covington, passed away June 16, 2017, at 68 years of age. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Covington ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u team headed to USSSA World Series

The undefeated Newton County Royal All-Stars 8u baseball team won the Georgia State Championship this past weekend at City Pond Park in Covington this past ...

June 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Sports


Our Thoughts: Happy Father’s Day, dad

Father's Day was introduced as an official U.S. holiday in 1972. While there is a special day marked on the calendar each year ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


PHOTO GALLERY: Arts group hosts dance camp

With classes in ballet, jazz, musical theater and more – The Arts Association in Newton County's Summer Dance Camp is the one-stop-shop for all things ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


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Newton County settles landfill dispute

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. – Newton County has reached a settlement agreement with East Georgia Land and Development Company that prevents the construction of a regional landfill near Lower River Road.

April 13, 2017 | Staff Report | County


Janice Nadine Goodman Gibson

Mrs. Janice Nadine Goodman Gibson, age 71, of Talking Rock, Georgia passed away Monday, April 10, 2017. She was born Dec. 10, 1945 in Porterdale to the late James Goodman and Minnie Goodman Campbell. Mrs. Gibson was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and was of the Presbyterian faith. She worked for a number of years as an office manager for Shoney's Family Restaurants. Mrs. Gibson was preceded in death by her son, Donald Lanier Owens.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Flint Hill Elementary School removed from State Focus School List

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Flint Hill Elementary School (FHES) has met the exit criteria and is no longer on the state's Focus List. Flint Hill had been named a 2015 Focus School because of an achievement gap that existed at that time between the school's highest and lowest performing subgroups.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

COVINGTON, Ga. – Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Piedmont Newton is one of 823 hospitals nationwide to earn top marks.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Alcovy CASA welcomes newest advocates

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy CASA, Inc. is happy to welcome aboard our most recently newly sworn in volunteer advocates in Newton County. These are individuals who have made a decision to invest in the tomorrow of a child in foster care.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Emmanuel Lewis Sheppard

Funeral Service for Mr. Emmanuel Lewis Sheppard of 1472 Bethany Road Covington, GA will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 2 p.m. at Antioch A.M.E Church, 1790 Ebenezer Road SW, Conyers, GA 30094, Rev. Shawn Drains, Pastor, Rev. Dale Hicks Eulogist, assisted by others.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


Edward Joe Stokes

Funeral Service for Mr. Edward Joe Stokes of 3389 Kingston Drive Conyers, GA will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Sims Chapel Baptist Church 61 Sims Chapel Road, Covington, GA. Rev. Cecil J. Rozier, Sr., Pastor, Eulogist, assisted by others. Interment Church Cemetery.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries


GBI announces recruitment of Forensic Pathology Fellows

DECATUR, Ga. – On Tuesday, April 11, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Medical Examiner's Office (GBI ME) after receiving approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), announced the recruitment efforts for two Forensic Pathology fellows.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Georgia Power warns customers of bill payment scam

ATLANTA – Georgia Power is issuing a renewed warning for customers of criminal "scam artists" attempting to defraud both business and residential customers over the phone.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | State


Open House for South River Bridge replacement tonight

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation is hosting a Detour Open House tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Oak Hill Elementary School on its proposed plans replacing the South River Bridge on State Route (SR) 81.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Covington announces the Main Street On-Bill Finance Program for Natural Gas Appliances

Covington, Ga - Monday, the City of Covington announced the availability of the Main Street Finance Program for residential natural gas appliances, enabling qualified customers to finance the cost of purchasing and installing a natural gas appliance in their home. Approved natural gas appliances include natural gas tank and tankless water heaters, natural gas furnaces and combination gas heating and water heating systems, natural gas stove and natural gas dryers. Financing is available for City of Covington homeowners either converting their appliances to natural gas or replacing older natural gas appliances.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Diagnosing the differences between PT and OT

The body is a complex organism that is the sum of all its parts. When a portion of the body is not working optimally, pain, lack of motion and a host of other concerns can arise. At some point in their lives, many people will visit therapists to restore functionality to a part of their body that was affected by injury.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Signs of stress that must be addressed

The American Institute of Stress notes that various disorders, both emotional and physical, have been linked to stress. Such disorders include depression, stroke, hypertension, and anxiety, among others. In its 2015 Stress in AmericaTM survey, the American Psychological Association found that money, stress and family responsibilities are the three most common stressors. While the symptoms of stress are uncomfortable and potentially very dangerous, the APA notes that such indicators also serve as a warning from the body that it needs maintenance and extra care. The following are some of the ways the body might be telling adults to step back ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


How families can go green together

Interest in eco-friendly lifestyles has long since spread beyond environmentalists and activists and has become a goal for people from all walks of life. Going green can even be done as a family.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


Create and hide unbreakable Easter eggs

Easter is one of the most important days of the year for Christians. Easter Sunday is filled with symbolism and tradition, some of which harken back to early Christianity, while others trace their origins to paganism.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Living


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