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Hice Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) announced today that he invites students in grades nine through 12 to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winning ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Civil Air Patrol takes flight in Covington

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Newton County Civil Air Patrol (CAP) hosted a state-wide exercise to locate a simulated missing aircraft, emergency locator transmitters and ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


GDOT continues work in Newton

With road closures popping up all over the county, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is continuing to make improvements on high-traffic routes in Newton ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harrop: Real Honesty

Slightly more than a month into his presidency, Donald Trump reflected on his performance so far -- both in terms of what's been done and ...

March 02, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists


NCCA FFA participates in FFA Week celebration at State Capitol

The Georgia FFA Association held the 2017 FFA Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 21. The Newton College & Career Academy FFA chapter was one ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Jon Trevor Townley

Jon Trevor Townley, of Covington, passed away Feb. 28, 2017, at the age of 24. Trevor, a beloved son, was a member of Solid Rock ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


KCNB seeks volunteers for clean up

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale leadership and support for trees recognized

The City of Porterdale was among 19 Georgia cities recognized on February 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Porterdale ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Newborn leadership, support for trees recognized

Newborn was among 19 Georgia cities recognized on February 14 for its commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Newborn was honored during ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture


Newton welcomes home Purple Heart recipient Friday

Newton County will welcome home one of its heroes Friday morning.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS students to participate in Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus

Newton County School System will be well represented in the Georgia Music Educators Association's 2017 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus as fifth-grade students from East ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Liberty Middle Media Specialist Ryan Cannon named 2017 NCSS Media Specialist of the Year

Liberty Middle School media specialist Ryan Cannon is Newton County School System's (NCSS) 2017 Media Specialist of the Year. The Library Media Specialist of ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia Piedmont Technical College announces its 2017 EAGLE winner

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has selected Habtamu Wilson as its adult education Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award winner. This honor recognizes ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Camp Kesem at Emory University hosts annual make the magic fundraiser

Camp Kesem at Emory University, an organization dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent's cancer, announces its annual Make the Magic event ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton baseball grinds out non-region win against Tucker

It was a grinder that started over an hour late, but the Newton Rams generated enough at the plate early, and got a solid performance ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Newton


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Senators Isakson, Perdue lead Senate in moment of silence for Georgia tornado victims

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) today led the U.S. Senate in a moment of silence to reflect on the lives lost over the weekend during the deadly tornadoes that touched down in south central Georgia.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Harold “Hal” Lee Stapp

Harold "Hal" Lee Stapp Jr., of Porterdale, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at the age of 45. He was born in Covington to the late Harold Sr. and Flora Raydene Stapp.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


How to help kids in your community

People give back to their communities in various ways. Some support local charities by volunteering or making financial donations, while others may deliver meals to convalescents who cannot leave their homes.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Get involved with youth organizations

Volunteer work can benefit volunteers emotionally and physically. Many people aspire to get involved by donating their time or resources, but they may not know which avenue to take. Leading a youth organization or mentoring children can change the lives of both children and volunteers in numerous ways.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


University of North Georgia announces President's Lists for fall 2016

University of North Georgia President Bonita Jacobs recognizes more than 1,300 students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the fall 2016 semester.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


The New Jazzercise to offer free classes all year for girls 16-21

Leading global dance fitness company Jazzercise, Inc. is proud to announce a new initiative for 2017 that supports the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls aged 16-21. Dubbed GirlForce, the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Kemp: Be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims

ATLANTA – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp warns citizens to be wary of potential scams seeking donations for tornado victims. Over the weekend, violent storms devastated the South, leaving many in need of assistance.

January 24, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Severe storms rip through South Georgia

As you may have seen and heard in the news, an enormous storm system made its way through the Southeast over the weekend claiming the lives of 15 people in south Georgia alone. According to authorities, this is the most severe weather this area has seen since 1993.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles (Ricky) Aycox

Charles (Ricky) Aycox, of Covington, passed away Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 68. Mr. Aycox was a hard-working family man. He adored his children and considered them to be the love of his life. Mr. Aycox took great delight in coaching his kids on the ballfield, and giving them life advice. He was an avid Tech fan, and also enjoyed watching wrestling with Timothy and Melanie. Preceding him in death were his parents, Edward and Nell (Kenney) Aycox.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Rose Marie Watson

Rose Marie Watson, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the age of 89. Mrs. Watson, trained as a registered nurse, was a member of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary and the Newton County Public Library. Additionally, she dedicated time to the Covington Woman's Club, as well as various bridge and garden clubs. Mrs. Watson had a gift for needlework – winning awards for different projects. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Vernon Watson; parents, Martin J. and Catherine (Muggenthaler) Smith.

January 23, 2017 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES


Red Cross urges public to review tornado safety tips

Gathered from Red Cross
Across the southeast, there were more than 200 reports of severe weather and several dozen reports of tornadoes so far this weekend as of early Sunday morning in an ongoing multi-day tornado and severe weather outbreak.
NOW is the time to prepare for round three of severe weather in our area. DOWNLOAD the Red Cross Emergency App! Visit www.redcross.org/apps
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS:
Watch for tornado warning signs such as dark, greenish clouds, large hail, a roaring noise, a cloud of debris or funnel clouds. Secure outside items such as lawn furniture or trash ...

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen earns Eagle Scout badge

Craig Everett Edwards, son of Deborah and Ray Edwards of Covington, has achieved Boy Scouting's highest rank, that of Eagle Scout.

January 22, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Davis, Morrow wedding

Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Ashley Lauren Davis, to Michael Eugene Morrow, son of Wayne and Elizabeth Morrow, of Jefferson.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Cowan, Davis wedding

Michelle Cowan and the late Joseph Cowan are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Anna Jolyn Cowan to M. Chase Davis, son of J. Mark and Alison Davis, of Covington.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | LIVING


Carr, Kemp warn Georgians about football ticket scams

Attorney General Chris Carr and Secretary of State Brian Kemp today warned Falcons fans about football ticket scams in preparation for Sunday's NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Not surprisingly, demand for tickets is high, and this creates an opportunity that scammers are already exploiting through the sale of fake, void or stolen tickets. Not only can consumers lose money in these scams, they may also become victims of identity theft if they give a scammer their personal or financial information.

January 21, 2017 | Staff Report | STATE


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