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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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Marshall to hold another town hall meeting Sat.

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall is hosting another town hall meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Alcovy High School Auditorium. Marshall will take questions about the economy, health care and energy prices.

November 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Alcovy River

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood warning for the Alcovy River near Covington. At 2:15 p.m. Thursday the stage was 12.1 feet and rising slowly. Flood stage for the Alcovy River is 12.0 feet.

November 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Veteran's Day ceremony on the square

Despite the weather, many people gathered on the square Wednesday morning to honor our veterans. The Social Circle High School JROTC presented the colors, Ric Chiapetta sang patriotic songs, Glenn Whitaker spoke praising words of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and Terry Moore and Don Floyd presented a red, white and blue wreath.

November 11, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County remains under flood warning

The National Weather Service has extended a Yellow River flood warning for Newton County until Thursday evening.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Director of free clinic wins Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The second annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award was given to Ed Jenkins Tuesday at The Center for his work as director of the free Willing Helpers Medical Clinic.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Volunteers, donations needed for Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Newton County Minister's Union is in need of monetary and food donations and volunteers for its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Santa Claus is coming to town

The Covington Lion's Club and Main Street Covington is calling all groups who want to participate in the 2009 Covington/Newton Hometown Christmas Parade.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pine Valley Mission

Helping those who need it: Children from the Pine Valley Mission enjoyed hot dogs, refreshments, a hayride and other fun activities on Nov. 1 at Knox Farms. This annual event was made possible by the farm and volunteer helpers from Eastridge Community Church. The Pine Valley Mission has assisted needy children for 20 years. Winter coats, wind breakers, hoodies and sweatshirts were given to the children recently. School supplies, uniforms and shoes are furnished year round. The mission is run solely by volunteers and is located a 12185 Ga. Highway 36.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red ribbon friends

Fighting against drugs with puppet power: A second grade class at Rocky Plains Elementary School got treated to a puppet show sponsored by the Elks Club during Red Ribbon Week. They watched the puppeteers put on the drug awareness puppet show and wore their red ribbons in support of being drug free. The Elks present (L-R) were State Elks President Larry Capes, Ann Graham, Jack Wheeler, Penny Blakeney, Linda Chadwick, Mary Frances Royster. and T.A. and Eleanor Haney, and they helped to set up the show and played the part of the various puppets.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Once a Marine...

Gerald "Bud" Hipps joined the Marines at age 17. The year was 1942.

"When they bombed Pearl Harbor, all my buddies was going into the war and I wanted to go too," Hipps said.

November 11, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


2 shot, 1 killed Sunday night in Porterdale

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were called to a home on Bell Street off Ga. Highway 162 in south Porterdale at 7:49 p.m. When they arrived they found 36-year-old Tajuana Lashawn Stroud dead from an apparent gunshot wound. They also located 42-year-old Steven Cadet Smith - the brother of the alleged shooter - who had been seriously wounded by a gunshot as well. He was transported to an Atlanta ...

November 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 Gubernatorial candidates speak at local Dem. event

Speeches by gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress highlighted the Newton County Democratic Party's first ever banquet on Saturday.

November 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Armed robbery closes Wal-Mart

A man who reportedly robbed a United Bank inside of Wal-Mart remains at large as of press time, but according to Covington Police Captain Craig Treadwell, authorities are confident the thief's freedom will be short-lived.

Law enforcement officials responded to the popular discount store at around 2:04 p.m. Monday afternoon after receiving calls of an armed robbery at the bank. When they arrived, the suspect had already fled the area but had left behind a black, plastic box that he had reportedly told tellers at the bank was filled with explosives.

November 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued until Wednesday

The National Weather Service out of Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch for portions of north and central Georgia, including Rockdale and Newton counties, in effect until Wednesday morning.

November 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Victims and suspect named in deadly Porterdale shooting

Ricky Lewis Smith, age 44, has been arrested and charged with the shooting death of a woman in Porterdale Sunday evening.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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