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Newton BOE extends superintendent’s contract, increases salary

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) has extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board ...

July 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Eugenia “Jean” Rose Knight

Eugenia "Jean" Rose Knight, 88, of Covington, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Abbey Hospice. Jean was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late ...

July 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Newton's Nuru Tinch commits to UAB football

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A visit was all it took for Newton senior running back Nuru Tinch to decide that the University of Alabama-Birmingham was the place ...

July 27, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Newton

Marvin Moore to run for Porterdale City Council Post 4

PORTERDALE, Ga. - In response to encouragement from fellow citizens of Porterdale and his intention to find opportunities to give back to the community, Marvin Moore ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Cities

Covington to host cleanup day Aug. 26

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington cares. Partnered with Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC), the city is hosting a community clean up event in the ...

July 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Conyers Police, FBI make arrest in April armed robbery at Conyers jewelry store

ATLANTA - According to a news release from David J. LeValley, special agent in charge of FBI Atlanta Field Office, two arrests were made Wednesday related ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Patient pops the question at Piedmont Newton

COVINGTON, Ga. - A patient of Piedmont Newton Hospital asked one of the most important questions to his girlfriend Wednesday after an outpatient procedure.

July 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Health

Have you Ever Thought… It may be July but it is time for a new school year to start?

It may be July and we find ourselves not ever a month past the Fourth of July. But for those who are students in the ...

July 27, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: The Dark Tale of John S. Williams, Part I

*Author's note: much of my research for this series of articles was found in "Lay This Body Down," a book by Gregory Freeman that ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

The Alcovy Telegraph: Top-selling touring musician Matt Kennon returns to Covington

Howdy, fine readers, and welcome back to another installment of the Telegraph, where your pleasure is our pleasure - and we do aim to please.

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Living

“A History of Georgia Railroads” - by Robert C. Jones, a book review by Marshall McCart

If, like me, you have long been fascinated by and have had a long, deep-rooted interest of trains, railroads and things of the like, then ...

July 27, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

NCSS announces 2016-2017 Georgia Milestones Assessment results

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has released Newton County School System's (NCSS) results from the 2015-16 administration of the Georgia Milestones ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

NCSS announces 2017 AP scholars

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce 83 students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Golden State Foods Foundation donates book bags, school supplies for NCSS students

COVINGTON, Ga. - Golden State Foods Foundation has donated backpacks full of school supplies for Newton County School System (NCSS) students. In all, 300 backpacks stuffed ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Jail Log: July 26

Brandon Lee Barnett, 30, Loganville, July 23, probation violation for fingerprintable charge

July 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Crime

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Memorial Day Holiday closures restricted

TENNILLE, Ga. - To ease Memorial Day weekend traffic congestion, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures from noon Friday, May 26 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 30 on interstates and also state routes that directly serve major tourist and recreation centers.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Nikkita Warfield to be NCSS director for secondary education

COVINGTON, Ga. - Nikkita Warfield, current principal at Porterdale Elementary School, will become the Newton County School System's (NCSS's) Director of Secondary Schools in July. In that position, she will replace Shannon Buff who will be the new principal at Newton High School. The NCSS Board of Education (BOE) officially appointed Warfield at its May 16 meeting.

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

11 Alcovy High seniors sign up to become teachers

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy High School (AHS) and Richard Cormier, its teaching as a profession instructor, are trying to increase the number of high school students interested in becoming school teachers.

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Alcovy track standout inks with Eastern Kentucky

The trend of success for a school's sports program can partly be attributed to the signings of their top level athletes to colleges all across the country.

May 17, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Alcovy

Newton's Wendel Lee will remain close to home at Oxford College

Wendel Lee makes Oxford College his new basketball home

May 17, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Newton

Covington denies special use permit for body shop

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council denied a special use permit (SUP) for an auto body repair shop on Eagle Drive in a 5-1 vote after concerns from residents were raised about the noise and additional traffic that would result from the business.

May 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington

Oxford citizens voice concerns about sewer expansion

OXFORD, Ga. – Emory Street homeowners came out in force to Monday night's Oxford City Council work session to voice their concerns about the proposed expansion of the city's sewer system.

May 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Two sentenced in 2015 Silos murder

COVINGTON, Ga. – Calling the 2015 murder of Nigiel James "a heinous act for no reason" and criminality a "cancer on our society," Alcovy Judicial Circuit Judge John M. Ott sentenced two of the three men responsible for James' death to life terms plus additional time during separate sentencing hearings Tuesday in Newton County Superior Court.

May 17, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Crime

Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays

Mary Esther Harvey McGinty Hays, age 95, passed away Monday, May 15 at Piedmont Newton Hospital in Covington.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Obituaries

Henderson's Restaurant announces closing

COVINGTON, Ga. - Henderson's Restaurant, located at 11885 Highway 36 in Covington, announced it is officially closed with Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. The announcement comes after the restaurant announced it would be closing because of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) construction at the intersection in front of the restaurant.

May 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business

Eastside, Kennesaw State star Dante Blackmon makes KSU history signing with the Indianapolis Colts

History has been made, as former Eastside and Kennesaw State standout Dante Blackmon becomes the first Owl football player to sign with an NFL team by signing with the Indianapolis Colts Monday.

May 16, 2017 | Tyler Williams | Sports

Archives from The Piedmont Chronicles: Presley Jones takes on the Yankees

In July of 1864, well in advance of his famous march to the sea, Sherman had directed Brig. General Kenner Garrard to ride east from Atlanta and head to Covington with his cavalry division to start tearing up railroad tracks; destroying bridges, rail cars, depots, and locomotives; and burning stores and commercial properties. He actually wrote the following in a letter to Garrard: "…but of private property only take what is necessary for your own use, except horses and mules, of which you will take all that are fit for service, exercising of course, some judgment as to the animals ...

May 16, 2017 | Marshall McCart | Columnists

DDS motorcycle safety program urges motorists to share the road for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Mont

May 1 officially kicked off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, an initiative by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – and during the rest of the year - The Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) and the Department of Driver Services (DDS) are reminding all motorists to safely "Share the Road" with motorcycles, and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Kemp: New record set for annual business registrations filed in Georgia

Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced a new Georgia record in the Corporations Division. During this year's annual registration season from January 1 to April 4, staff processed an all-time high of 588,427 annual business registrations, up from the previous record of 532,062 registrations in 2016, in the Peach State. Kemp attributes this success to the office's eCorp platform, rolled out in 2015 as a user-friendly and easily navigable interface for electronic filings.

May 16, 2017 | Staff Report | State

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