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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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Man charged with rape, second sought for pimping

One man is being charged with rape and another is wanted for pimping after an incident Sunday.

May 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 6

Monte R. Roden, DUI, 12 months probation, 90 days confinement, $1,000. DUI, merged with count 1. Failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation consecutive, $1,000. 40 hours community service, banished from Newton County.

May 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal signs golf cart bill

Golf carts will be allowed on local streets across Georgia beginning in January.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State gets $400,000 in drug settlement

ATLANTA - A pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay Georgia about $400,000 to settle a fraud lawsuit over a prescription drug for treating multiple sclerosis.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thieves break into DeKalb cop cars

DECATUR - Police in DeKalb County say they are investigating how thieves were able to break into 36 police vehicles in the county's maintenance yard.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Astronaut to speak tonight at Fernbank

DECATUR - NASA astronaut Col. Eric A. Boe will speak at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Grandma's ashes stolen with car

ATLANTA - Someone stole a Georgia woman's car - with her grandmother's ashes inside - shortly after a memorial service for the deceased woman.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fairview Community Park opens

The Fairview Estates neighborhood is now home to a public park following the grand opening of the Fairview Community Park Wednesday afternoon.

May 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Special needs scholarships available

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program allows eligible special needs students to transfer to another public school, public school district, state school, or authorized participating private school. In order for a student to be eligible for this scholarship, the parent/guardian must be a current Georgia resident and must have resided in the state for at least one year. In addition, the student must have spent the entire immediate prior year in attendance at a Georgia public school in grades K?12. The child must also have an Individual Education Program (IEP) written by the school in accordance with federal ...

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lost wages to storms? Get help

Newton County residents who lost income from the severe storms that struck last week may be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

May 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Columnist a Fox 5 guest blogger Friday

Covington News columnist and One Fabulous Mama Beth McAfee-Hallman will be featured as Atlanta Fox 5's first guest blogger on their new website http://www.myatlantamoms.com/. beginning Friday morning. Billed as a couponing expert, McAfee-Hallman will be blogging about how to get started with couponing, insider tips for using coupons and how to make the most out of your coupons.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Give Burns the Boot drive starts Friday

The Covington Fire Department is joining more than 100 other fire departments throughout the state of Georgia by participating in the 22nd annual "Give Burns The Boot" drive, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. This event will begin on Friday, May 6 and run three consecutive Fridays through May 20.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber's annual Shred Day today

The chamber of commerce will hold its fourth annual Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the parking lot of Antiques and Stuff, 2177 Elm St., Covington.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mental health court bill signed

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state's first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.

May 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


We are the champions

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games ended with a bang today, when middle, high school and adult-aged athletes took to the field at Homer Sharp Stadium.

May 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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