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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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Airport authority takes next step

The Covington City Council moved forward with the creation of an airport authority, despite concerns from some residents that the city was moving too quickly.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bright lights, big city

Students from Social Circle Theater have been accepted into the invitation-only 2010 Junior Theater Festival taking place in Atlanta Jan. 15-17.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Portrait painter to offer classes at Southern Heartland

Artist Linda Pflug has been chosen artist of the month at Southern Heartland Art Gallery. A transplant from Florida, Linda has been involved in the arts for 50 years and owned her own gallery in Fort Myers Florida. Pflug's work has won numerous national awards and appears in many corporate and private collections.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Additional charges brought against 4 arrested in Nichols' death

Additional charges have been filed against each of the four men accused of murdering Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols and dumping his body on a rural road in Social Circle.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale moves closer to city homestead tax exemption

The Porterdale City Council moved closer toward adopting a city homestead tax exemption for applicable residents at its Monday night meeting.

January 06, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


No traffic fatalities recorded during holiday weekend

Newton County had several vehicle accidents and DUI arrests over the holiday but no fatalities were recorded between Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 6

o Ernest Dwayne Brown, 45, 876 Ga. Highway 142, Covington, Dec. 12. Family Violence Act simple battery.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man’s body found in charred car identified

The body found inside the charred remains of a car on New Year's Eve was the victim of a homicide according to investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

January 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt announces bid for reelection

State Representative Doug Holt announced today in a release his bid for reelection.

"I'm focused on keeping the state fiscally disciplined during these hard times," Hold said in the release. "Georgia has become one of the most fiscally responsible states in the union, an achievement we can all be very proud of. During this recession, however, many voices have called out for new revenue from increased taxes or debt - in my book, this is the worst time to give in to such temptations, and I plan on continued resistance to those calls. Georgia's discipline has allowed us to ...

January 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First daughter

 No one believed Francheska Wesley when she told them she would have her baby on New Year's Day, but mother's intuition was right and she welcomed her daughter at 1:13 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Newton Medical Center.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton Co. firefighters find remains in charred car

 Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a vehicle fire late Wednesday night and when they arrived found not only a burning vehicle, but also the charred remains of a body inside.

January 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lease rates at Cov. airport change

The Covington City Council approved Dixie Jet Services' proposal to change ground lease rates at the Covington Municipal Airport.

January 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wynne appointed Superior Court judge

Newton County District Attorney W. Kendall Wynne Jr. has been appointed the fifth judge for the Alcovy Circuit by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue.

January 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Auld lang syne

The experiences in Sara Groves' life are as varied as the plants she grows on her property in Oxford. Her home sits in the middle of her gardens and she in the middle of her home, commanding the space like a famous general with whom she once rode horses.

January 01, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Remains found in burning vehicle

On Wednesday evening at approximately 10:45 pm. Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to McGiboney Lane off Spring Rd. in reference to a report of a vehicle fire. When Deputies and Newton County Firefighters arrived they located the burning vehicle on some vacant property off McGiboney Lane. As the fire was being extinguished, authorities located the unidentified remains of a body in the charred vehicle.

December 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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