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CPD recognized for community relations program

The Conyers Police Department and Covington Police Department were recognized for their work in building community relations with runner-up status of the Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Ga. Association of the Chiefs of Police, awarded July 28.

August 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


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


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Thornton denied motion for new trial

Convicted murderer Courtney Courtmentez Thornton was denied his motion for a new trial earlier this month by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in Feb. fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Americana Music Night

You can enjoy an evening of Americana music at the Harvest Picking at Old Church event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Old Church in Oxford.

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Environmental steward retires

Connie Waller thought she was doing everything right. She ate a diet loaded with organic vegetables, exercised regularly and was productive at work. Turns out she was a little too productive.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hannah Thomas celebrates CD release tonight

Covington area singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas has a new CD out, "Acoustic Sessions."

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA looks to rezone 160 acres heavy industrial

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Industrial Development Authority to annex 160 acres of county residentially-zoned land along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road and rezone it to city heavy industrial.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cities finalize SPLOST requests

The county and its five municipalities have been trimming millions from their SPLOST lists, but more than $100 million in county requests and $21.5 million from the municipalities remain.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board votes to hold off on naming new elementary school until December

The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Veteran Pride

Honoring those who serve: Dozens of veterans and Newton County residents crowded the square Thursday morning to pay tribute to veterans past and present at the annual Veterans Day memorial. Members of the Newton High School ROTC presented the colors and the Eastside High School Band played a variety of patriotic music during the presentation. See more photos and a list of World War II veterans on Page 8A.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in February fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The storyteller strikes back

Whistle for a while:

Newton County resident Andy Offutt Irwin has just released a new all music CD, "Lip Service," featuring whistling and mouth-music on every track. "Lip Service" debuted at the National Storytelling Festival in October in Jonesborough, Tenn., where Irwint appeared as a Featured Teller.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST meeting at 6 tonight

Newton County's five municipalities will have a chance to present the county government with their SPLOST requests in a meeting at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse downtown.

November 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation commission gets new home

Newton County Recreation Commission employees are no longer packed into the Turner Lake Complex after some officials moved their offices into the two-story home near the complex's entrance that was purchased in late 2009.

The 2,900-square-foot house was converted into six offices, a receptionist's desk and a boardroom. It also has an attached garage and two detached storage buildings for rental furniture, equipment and vehicles. The recreation commission purchased the house and 3 acres from a subsidiary of the Arnold Fund for $300,000 in late 2009, Sunbelco executive Charlie Tuller said Tuesday. Sunbelco was the property ...

November 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Raising the flag

Venon Ison fought his way across the Pacific in World War II, all the way to Iwo Jima.

November 10, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Giving back to the Greatest Generation

For some World War II veterans, it's the trip of a lifetime.

November 10, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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