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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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Temp storm cleanup jobs available

Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford nets national tennis championship

The Oxford College women's tennis team has won the 2011 NJCAA Division III National Championship.

May 11, 2011 | | LOCAL


Woman kills knife-wielding assailant in home

DULUTH - Gwinnett County police say a woman shot and killed a knife-wielding intruder who attacked her in her home near Duluth.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Clayton chief's gun stolen

JONESBORO - Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter says his gun, badge and other items were stolen from his car while he was playing golf.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


DeKalb Tech law enforcement graduation May 12

Recruits who earned certificates from DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy will be honored at a graduation ceremony to recognize their achievement on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center of DeKalb Technical College's Newton Center located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Ken Vance, Executive Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council will deliver the keynote address.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State athletic classification system changed

MACON - In a startling turn of events, the Georgia High School Association executive committee has voted to alter the state's athletic classification system, adopting a six-division plan by a 26-24 vote Tuesday.

May 11, 2011 | Adam Krohn Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Traffic light up at Ga. 212, Oak Hill

Updated, Wednesday, 11:20 a.m.: The intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road finally has a traffic signal, but it won't be fully operational until 10 a.m. on May 24, weather permitting.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman set on fire at Cobb gas station

KENNESAW, Ga. - Police in Kennesaw say a woman was burned when a man set fire to her and her car at a gas station and convenience store.

Officials say the woman pulled up to a gas pump at the BP station on Barrett Parkway at I-75 about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a man who had followed her into the station set the fire. They say she's hospitalized with serious burns.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton wants $260 million for roads

Newton County submitted $260 million in road projects for the upcoming transportation-only SPLOST, but local officials must wait to see how many projects make the final regional list.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Food aid to tornado victims in Georgia

ATLANTA - Federal officials have approved food assistance for tornado victims in 25 Georgia counties.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Local Eagle Scout finishes project

Jimmy Greenich built a bridge for his Eagle Scout project.

The 40-foot-long beams and wood plank bridge is over the creek that feeds Hicks Lake on Georgia Highway 212 and is dedicated to Nita and Charlie Tarleton, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, the home for Jimmy's Troop 748.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 11

o Jerrod Jenkins, violation of probation, revoke balance to Newton County Jail. Attempted violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, 1 year confinement, $500.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Search on after Mother’s Day gone wrong

A refusal to accept a Mother's Day gift has Covington Police officers searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman in front of her two daughters.

May 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local filmmaker to debut movie

Arlando Usher is a dreamer. He's pursuing a career in acting, and when he couldn't land a significant role with an established company, he decided to make his own movie. The plot: The struggles of a young man trying to turn his life around by becoming an actor and making his own movie. The title: "Dream Killerz."

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City will not fund library increase

Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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