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Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga. - This summer 44 students from Newton County attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on the banks of ...

August 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Have you ever thought?... How we should react to a total eclipse of the sun?

About 40 years ago Reba McEntire had a hit song, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia." In keeping with that thought we are ...

August 06, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

IDG Vision Consulting & Training named Small Business of the Month

COVINGTON, Ga. – IDG Vision Consulting & Training, a personal and professional development firm offering consulting and training services, was recently named the Covington/Newton County Chamber ...

August 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business

Have You Ever Thought… What the impact from the Three Ring Studios will be?

There was excitement is the air as about 600 came on Thursday, July 20, to a informational meeting to hear about the Three Ring Studios ...

July 30, 2017 | Wiley Stephens | Living

Crawford: It’s time to show some common sense on tax breaks

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks?

July 30, 2017 | Tom Crawford | Columnists

Hice announces Service Academy Day for 10th District students

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) today announced that he will host his annual Service Academy Day on Saturday, August 19th on the campus ...

July 25, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local

Harrop: America's dumb war against trade

Donald Trump bragged that he would put America in the driver's seat. He would keep us out of trade accords that let China swamp ...

July 16, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students awarded medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students were big winners during the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. More ...

July 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education

Former FBI Agent Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court in Georgia

COLUMBIA, S.C. ---- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Kenneth W. Hillman, III, age 47, formerly of Dalton, Georgia, has entered a guilty ...

July 14, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Help us choose our 2017 Football Preview cover athlete

UPDATE, Tuesday July 11, 12:52 p.m. : We're changing our deadline for nominations to 5 p.m. TODAY to be able to better ...

July 07, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Operation Red, White and Go!

COVINGTON, Ga. - With the thousands of guests descending on the City of Covington for the annual Stars and Stripes Fest Independence Day celebration, City of ...

July 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Kroger raises funds by ‘Rounding Up’ to support the USO

Kroger is joining forces with the United Service Organization (USO) from June 25 – July 8 to "Round Up" support for American troops and their families ...

June 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Business

Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga – This summer eight students from the Piedmont Academy FFA chapter attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on ...

June 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Agriculture

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

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Harrop: Trump rates close to zero on 'war' against opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. As its Facebook page explained, "It is time that the non-drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis."

June 18, 2017 | Froma Harrop | Columnists

Ending a career of public service

OXFORD, Ga. –City Manager Bob Schwartz presented the city's FY 2018 budget to the Oxford City Council at its June 5 meeting. The document includes some big ticket projects designed to improve the quality of life for Oxford's citizens, but when it goes into effect on July 1, Schwartz won't be there. He's retiring June 30.

June 10, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

BOC votes to shrink SWMA for now

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Board Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to pare the number of voting members on the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) from seven to five with the agreement that it will be raised back to seven in August.

June 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Letters home from Alcovy High’s future educators

Students in Alcovy High School's Teaching as a Profession program recently went on a field trip to visit Northern Michigan University's (NMU's) School of Education. Some of the students were kind enough to share "letters home" as well as pictures of their trip with The Covington News. As you will read, they learned more than a few life and academic lessons.

June 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith on May 3. Certificate holders will also be recognized at GMA's annual convention in June in Savannah.

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

STOVALL: GHSA still trying to figure out transfers, big props to Atlanta Braves

Anyone who thinks covering one county with just three Georgia High School Association schools has time to be bored doesn't really know much about that one county with three schools that they're covering.
There's a lot - I repeat - a LOT happening either directly in the Newton County sports scene, or something that has a direct impact on our schools - particularly our GHSA schools.
So in this buffet-style Sunday Sound Off where I endeavor to give you a little bit of this and that, let's start off with this:
GHSA. Typically whenever we mention the GHSA one ...

May 21, 2017 | Gabriel Stovall | Sports

Pace: Traveling Through Europe with Oxford College Students

The idea for this trip began with a suggestion from Oxford College's Communications Director, Cathy Wooten. Five years ago she looked at me and said, "You know that 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, right?" I hadn't given it a lot of thought to be honest, but I knew she was right, and I could tell where she was going with it.

May 21, 2017 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Five convenience centers may remain open after June 30

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) heard a proposal to keep five convenience centers, plus one center to be used exclusively for recycling and yard waste, at its special called meeting Thursday afternoon.

May 07, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

Conason: The Grifters Do 'Tax Reform'

If you were paying attention to what we learned about Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, then you know that the president of the United States was once the impresario of a student-swindling Trump University, the founder of a Trump Foundation designed for tax evasion and illegal self-dealing, and the chief executive of a The Trump Organization that has long relied on various techniques of grifting, from rip-offs of workers and contractors to serial bankruptcies.

May 07, 2017 | Joe Conason | Columnists

Roseberry: Team of cities

Why do Newton County's cities seem to be able to go about the business of governing without a lot of controversy? At public forums, that question was often asked of Newton County mayors. It was prompted, of course, by the seemingly endless string of controversies at the county level.

April 23, 2017 | Jerry Roseberry | Columnists

Grammy-winning jazz ensemble and the ASO take MMCC stage May 5, 7

MADISON Ga. – The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center will be abuzz with Grammy-winning performers during the weekend of May 5-7.

April 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Living

City of Covington unveils new city logo

COVINGTON, Ga. – After an extensive process, the City of Covington unveiled its new logo Monday night, designed to depict the city's goal of being the south's premier destination to live, work and play.

April 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington

Anderson: Week 12 under the Gold Dome

My first session as a state Senator has come to an end and I couldn't be more thankful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of District 43. It has been a long, exciting and productive three months and I look forward to many more. Over 1,000 bills were filed in the Senate and House this session and while I would love to be able to tell you about everything that happened, I'll just touch on a few highlights. Here are a couple of things that passed on the Senate floor last week:

April 03, 2017 | Sen. Tonya Anderson | Legislative Updates

Hice announces Military Service Academy Day for Georgia students

Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10), in coordination with Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and the Georgia Congressional Delegation, invites students to attend Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, April 29th at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. The event, which is the largest in the Nation of its kind, is designed to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for applying to each of the military service academies.

March 29, 2017 | Staff Report | State

State agencies utilize new app to help prevent and report child deaths

More than half of child deaths in Georgia could have been prevented. That is the finding of the Georgia Child Fatality Review Program (GCFR) which evaluates all injury, sleep-related, and unexpected/suspicious deaths involving children who are less than 18 years old.

March 29, 2017 | Staff Report | State

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