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I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD community relations recognized

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 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


NCSS transportation dept. wins EPD award

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 | Kayla Robins | 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


Woodard tabbed Morgan 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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Residents express confusion over Board of Commissioners alcohol issues, vote

Tuesday's decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners not to put the county alcohol-by-the-drink issue to a public vote left some residents confused.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested coming to meet minor

A 58-year-old grandfather was arrested when he arrived in Newton County under the pretense of meeting an underage girl he met on a chat room.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Five years later, Lakemper still awaits trial

On Aug. 3, 2005, Cobey Wade Lakemper allegedly began a violent multi-state crime spree that would ultimately end the lives of three people. Five years later, he is still in the Newton County Detention Center and has yet to face trial on any of the charges against him.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Railroad stop signs leave drivers cross

Stop signs are necessary to keep drivers safe, but when those stop signs are located at railroad crossings that haven't seen a train pass by for around a year, they turn into a nuisance for some drivers.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


25 years of excellence: CPD celebrates quarter century of international accreditation

For a quarter of a century the Covington Police Department has earned international accreditation, the first law enforcement agency in the state to earn that title and the tenth in the nation.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for suspects in ATM heist

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are asking for tips from the public to catch the thieves responsible for stealing an ATM machine from United Community Bank early Sunday morning.

According to CPD Lt. Paul Dailey, an officer responded to a burglary alarm on the ATM at the bank, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road. When he arrived, he immediately noticed a large blue forklift sitting in front of where the ATM would be. There was glass scattered around the area and the forklift was still turned on. The cameras were spray painted and the ATM machine was ...

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man wanted for assault and armed robbery located in Newton County

A man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in Cornelia on July 22 was arrested in Newton County yesterday.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


PSC runoff candidates square off

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Public Service Commission Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. The Patriots Table, a local conservative advocate group, hosted a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum Monday night at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive. Candidates answered questions submitted by audience members via note cards.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Local students discuss teen issues at WSCC; listen to former NFL player

Area teens met at the Washington Street Community Center Saturday for a Teen Summit to discuss a variety of teen issues and to learn about entrepreneurship from former NFL player and McDonald's franchise owner Van Jakes.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC opposes by-the-drink alcohol sales

There will not be an alcohol by the drink referendum on this year's Nov. 2 General Election ballot in Newton County, as the Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution Tuesday night that would have put the issue to a public vote.

District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz made a motion to approve the resolution and was supported by District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, but commissioners Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Earnest Simmons voted against the resolution.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dixie Boys World Series to return in 2012

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012 and will bring several hundred teen baseball players with it.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dirty dancing leads to dirty fighting

Alleged unwanted advances on the dance floor led to a brawl early Sunday morning at The Depot, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local author to address aspiring writers

Former teacher and now local author and publisher Brian L. Thompson will be back at his old teaching grounds today at Newton High School to promote the upcoming release of his first novel "The Lost Testament." The book signing and reception will be held in the school's media center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


World traveler

Away in Australia: Thanks to the community support, Natalyn Crockett is now a certified People to People Ambassador Program world traveler. Natalyn and the other ambassadors met students and exchanged their souvenirs that represented each of their countries. Natalyn and her family want to thank publicly every citizen in the Covington and Conyers area who selflessly contributed money and prayed that she would be able to go Down Under. "I appreciate everyone's help to make it possible for me to go," Natalyn said.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City approves first reading of bow hunting ordinance

Bow hunting is one step closer to being allowed in unoccupied areas within the Covington city limits after the Covington City Council approved the first reading Monday night.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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