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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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Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week -March 6

All the signs are there, friends – a bad economy, the desire to get healthy, and our awareness that going green really is good. Growing your own herbs and vegetables just makes sense. You pay pennies a pound for healthy foods for your family that you've grown with your own two hands. You have an abundant supply of vegetables during harvest and you can freeze and/or can the surplus. It's a win-win situation. If the thought of starting your own garden is a little daunting, consider attending an informational meeting about Newton County's Community Gardens at The ...

March 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 6

o Ashley Leatherwood, violation of probation, 90-150 days detention center, followed by intense probation.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates its heritage

The inaugural Black History Program Saturday afternoon honored the late Coach Henry J. Wright, III and the R. L. Cousins men's basketball state runners-up of 1965. Music, dance and step performers entertained the audience between reflections and special remarks. Wright's family and the three attending members of his 1965 basketball team received keys to the city and Mayor Kim Carter presented a public proclamation in honor of the special guests.

March 06, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Croquet tournament March 12

The Heartland Woman's Club will hold its 20th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at 9:30 a.m. March 12 at Oxford College of Emory University.

March 05, 2011 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Three dead, two hurt in Highway 36 crash

Three women were killed and two others remain hospitalized after a wreck at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Ga. Highway 36.

March 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wet weekend ahead

Your weekend could be a washout, with heavy rain possible late Saturday.

March 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Melissa Ward a cancer crusader

Melissa Ward doesn't wear a cape and she has no super powers, but if you listen to her friends, family and co-workers at Oak Hill Elementary, the fourth grade teacher is a superhero nonetheless, having just survived a diagnosis of breast cancer and a double mastectomy in less than two months.

March 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber to hire small business director

The chamber of commerce is seeking a new small business leader following the resignation of Lisa Powell as director of membership services on Feb. 24.

March 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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