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Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Construction will continue during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New format, familiar concerns

Elected officials were able to hear directly from their constituents thanks to a new format tried Tuesday at the fourth of five public hearings on the 2050 Plan. What they heard wasn't necessarily new, but the small-group discussions were well worth it, county commissioners agreed Wednesday.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS transportation department awarded for school bus emissions reductions

As the big yellow buses get ready to go round and round the county packed with students, they will be touting bragging rights for helping the environment.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower back on council agenda

A rejected cell phone tower on Monticello Street is on the Covington City Council's agenda again Monday, but Mayor Ronnie Johnston says it's essentially to complete paperwork. He doesn't expect anything to change.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Mansfield resident to be parent representative in House committee

A Mansfield resident was appointed to a Georgia House study committee as one of three teacher representatives across the state.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCCA’s Woodward selected as Morgan County superintendent

A pillar in the Newton College and Career Academy was named as the only candidate for Morgan County Schools Superintendent Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Blended families a growing trend

In his day-to-day life, Tyrone Oliver investigates crimes, the worst things that people do to one another. But at the end of the day, he leaves that at the door when he walks into the home he shares with his wife and the five children they have between them.

June 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Five arrested after bar fight at Depot

Five people were arrested following a bar fight early Friday at a Covington nightclub.

June 19, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Juneteenth celebrated in city

Following the end of the Civil War, black slaves in Texas were finally freed on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, a day that has since become know as Juneteenth.

June 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fuzz Run looking for sponsors

The Covington Police Department is looking for sponsors for its 28th annual Fuzz Run this September.

June 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dog talks continue in Porterdale

The City of Porterdale has decided to not let sleeping dogs lie.

June 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


SKC gets grant for new plant

SKC received a $350,000 state grant to purchase equipment, as the company works to open a manufacturing plant to produce the film that encases solar panels.

June 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Geoffroy finishes term as president of Young Lawyers Division

Michael G. Geoffroy of Covington has finished his term as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. He turned over the gavel to incoming President Stephanie J. Kirijan of Atlanta during the organization's annual meeting recently at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

June 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Juneteenth celebration Saturday

The Newton County NAACP will stage its inaugural Juneteeneth celebration at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2177 Usher St. in Covington.

June 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn councilman moves; new member to be appointed

Newborn Councilman John Donaldson has resigned.

June 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bethlehem Baptist Church hosting summer program

Bethlehem Baptist Church is again playing host to the Youth Summer Enrichment Program.

June 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 17

o Ronald Bridges. Violation of probation, serve four consecutive weekends

June 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Teen Institute raises responsible youths

Samantha Shiver has met her past self anew this summer.

June 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart to open early 2012, hire 200 employees

Construction has started on a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads, and the store is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.

June 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pilot uninjured in Covington plane crash

Aviation officials investigated the plane crash site at Covington Municipal Airport Wednesday, and the plane's remains were later hauled away by Atlanta Salvage.

June 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton jailer arrested for sex charges

Newton County Detention Officer James Trevor Latham was arrested Monday on charges of sexual assault and sodomy involving a female inmate, as well as violating his oath of office.

June 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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