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NCSS SAT scores fell 12 points from 2013-14

The Newton County School System released SAT scores for the 2014-2015 school year.

September 03, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism ...

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


26-year-old, dead, found shot at Silos

Twenty-six-year-old Nigiel Cliffard James, of Newton County, died at Grady Hospital after being found shot at Springlake Terrace Tuesday.

September 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


College to launch film and TV production program

Dr. Jabari Simama, President of Georgia Piedmont College, told the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night the school will be introducing a three-tract film and television ...

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


Chair of BOC's call for work session on solid waste report premature

As the Newton County Solid Waste Citizens' Committee prepares to present its final report to the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Board Chair ...

September 01, 2015 | Sandra L. Brands | LOCAL


Tell us what you think

Help us serve our community even better by telling us what you think in this short survey. The Covington News strives to put out the ...

September 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tell us what you think

Help us serve our community even better by telling us what you think in this short survey. The Covington News strives to put out the ...

September 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shopping center curfew for unaccompanied minors after 7 p.m.

CONYERS - The Conyers Police Department (CPD) will be working with the Conyers Crossroads shopping center to help enforce the private property's new curfew and ...

August 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Affordable housing takes root in Newton County

Like many people, Jasmine had a negative view of housing authorities-commonly conflated with 'the projects'-before she came to live at New Leaf in ...

August 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington Police Dept. announces “Filming the Fuzz” contest, prizes

The annual Fuzz Run is rapidly approaching on Sept. 12 and the Covington Police Department is offering runners and spectators a unique way to get ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jersey Day kicks off Sept. 5

Football season is here, and the only thing better than showing support by wearing your favorite team's jersey is to do it for a ...

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor Johnston to run for re-election

Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.

August 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in motorcycle crash with SUV

CONYERS - A Covington man was killed in a crash with a SUV on Flat Shoals Road Tuesday morning.

August 28, 2015 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Solid waste report calls for county to get out of landfill business

Five recommendations have come out of the Newton County Citizens' Solid Waste Committee, which presented a draft of its report on Aug. 27 at the ...

August 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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HOPE changes outlined by Deal, legislators

ATLANTA - Only Georgia's top-performing high school students would continue to receive free public college tuition under sweeping changes Gov. Nathan Deal and Republicans proposed Tuesday for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Plans for Falcon stadium move forward

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center Authority will enter into a "memo of understanding" - the next step toward a new, open-air stadium for the NFL team.

Both sides say the agreement does not constitute a done deal, but allows them to begin discussions about the business relationship that would be involved in whatever plan is developed.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford zoning plan work continues

The proposed zoning ordinance remains a work in progress for the city of Oxford, but the document that's been more than a year in the making should be ready for a council vote by spring.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA - Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials said Monday that someone stole personal patient information and used it illegally.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pre-k supporters rally today

ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia's pre-kindergarten program plan a rally at the state Capitol.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. Advocates will call upon Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators to commit to supporting the program for the 150,000 4-year-olds in the state who are eligible to participate.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington author publishes inspirational book

God has been good to Covington author Joyce Fincher, who has a new inspirational book available online, "He'll Lead You Through Your Sea."

It's her testimony of how God has led her through the darkest times of her life, as well as through the happy times. Fincher believes that she is simply God's vessel through whom he has written the story of her experiences.

February 22, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Fulton firefighters find pot plants

ATLANTA - Fulton County fire officials say firefighters sent to douse an overnight blaze found dozens of suspected marijuana plants growing in the basement.

Fulton fire Battalion Chief Markus Jones says firefighters were sent to the house in south Fulton County early Monday. Jones says there was no one home when the firefighters arrived. He says the signs of a marijuana-growing operation included special lighting.

February 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - Feb. 20

Pack your lunch and bring your own coffee. It's plain and simple, friends - this saves money! I estimate my family saves $150 a month by using this frugal living strategy. That's $1,800 a year! When you look at it like that, the convenience of not so healthy fast food and an overpriced cuppa joe isn't nearly as attractive, is it? Think about how much you could save if you drove past that shiny coffee shop with a thermos of your favorite in hand, brown bag filled with homemade goodies waiting beside you for lunch! Don't ...

February 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Horace Johnson: Living in changing times

Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

February 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


An abundant Arbor Day

Planting frenzy: Newton County celebrated Arbor Day in several cities on Saturday.

February 20, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


A view from the House

The most significant bill by far to reach the house floor was the adjustment to the current, fiscal 2011 budget, also known as the supplemental or little budget bill. A few other items were of interest as well.

February 20, 2011 | By Doug Holt, Representative | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Families brace for HOPE cuts

ATLANTA - For Christopher McGee, getting the HOPE scholarship meant he could afford Georgia State University.

But state lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the cash-strapped scholarship program that has paid for more than 1 million Georgians to get a higher education - meaning McGee and other students across the state may have to pay thousands of dollars more for college. The 19-year-old from College Park said he'll likely increase the hours he works at his part-time job as a file clerk at an Atlanta law firm and decrease his class load to help make up the difference.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three Lilburn children die in meth fire

Three young children have died from injuries suffered in a fire in a suburban home in Lilburn that was likely caused when chemicals used to make methamphetamine ignited, authorities said Friday.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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