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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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Parents of injured deputies thank local InVest donors

It's been less than a year since Newton County Sheriff's Deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured in the line of duty, but thanks to the generosity of the community, the InVest fund has raised roughly $90,000 to purchase new state-of-the-art bulletproof vests for all 156 mandated officers.

March 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest meets goal

It began on August 3, 2009 when deputies James Trent and Wesley Atha were shot and injured during a standoff. That same month, the NCSO and Atha's parents organized a fundraising campaign to purchase improved vests for the deputies to wear on the job. In March of 2010, their goal was finally met.

March 26, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Key players plead not guilty for murder

The four men charged with the murder of 38-year-old Andrew "Drew" Nichols in late-2009 pleaded not guilty in Newton County Superior Court Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Color and light

 Cindy Murphy is "Artist of the Month" at Southern Heartland Art Gallery on the square, where a reception in her honor will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the public and Cindy's art work will be on display.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The River of Words

Poets and artists: Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on March 16. All entries were required to feature water. Winners received savings bonds, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $100 bonds, second place winners received $75 bonds, and third place winners and Honorable Mentions received $50 bonds. Service Guild members judged the contest. First Row, Left to Right: Karsten McMichael - First Place Poetry Grades 3-6, Jackson Stephens - First Place Poetry Grades K-2, Lena Gunthorp - First Place Art ...

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get fooled

 On a day traditionally associated with pranks - April Fool's Day - Atlanta's most popular hypnotist, Sean Wheeler, will be performing an honest-to-goodness, comedy hypnosis show to help raise funds for the Newton High School Marching Band.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One homeless night

On March 19 Piedmont Academy high school students spent the night in boxes on the school's football field for "One Homeless Night." The purpose of the event was to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless and to collect items for needy families in Jasper, Newton and Butts counties.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO wheels get a facelift

New attitude: The Newton County Sheriff's Office warrant's division has a new look. Three new black and white 2010 Dodge Chargers were purchased as replacement vehicles for the warrant division two weeks ago. The cars have been painted in the classic black and white style of original patrol vehicles.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home business professional earns certification

The National Funeral Directors Association has awarded the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant designation to Brenda Fuller Johnson, Preplanning Counselor at Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home. The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance. In order for Johnson to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, she had to meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual. CPCs must demonstrate their ongoing professional commitment by fulfilling learning requirements as they renew their certification every four years.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Confrontation in Wendy’s parking lot turns physical

Officers from the Covington Police Department are still trying to locate a woman who reportedly assaulted another female in the parking lot of Wendy's Thursday afternoon.

March 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Miracle League to host Art Contest

In honor of Exceptional Children and the 40th Birthday of Special Olympics, The Miracle League of Newton County is having an art contest to raise awareness of our exceptional children and their recreational needs. The Miracle League of Newton County is an organization striving to raise money to build an all-accessible baseball complex at City Pond for children with special needs.

March 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Railroad purchase was popular retreat topic

Clarification: The April 7th work session is intended to be an educational session for the council. The public is invited to learn more about the railroad but there will be no time set aside for public input, comments, or questions. The meeting will be informational only; it will not be a public forum to debate the pros and cons of the railroad purchase.

March 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eagle Scout Court of Honor

n Eagle Scout Court of Honor was called at Mt. Pleasant UMC Saturday afternoon to celebrate 18-year-old Travis James Mumford earning his Eagle Scout badge.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meeting set for input on local farmer’s market

 At 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2010 at The Center for Community Preservation & Planning there will be a public meeting to discuss the development of a Farmer's Market for Newton County. This initiative is an outcome of the program of work being undertaken by the Green Enterprise Group, a working committee formed under the auspices of the Newton County Leadership Collaborative. The mission of the group is to promote the creation of a green enterprise economy with agriculture at its core. One of the identified priorities was the redevelopment of a farmer's market

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic stop ends in marijuana arrest

 What started out as a traffic stop on a Friday afternoon turned into a drug bust after deputies located more than two pounds of marijuana inside a white Mitsubishi Galant.

March 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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