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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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Sherman burns again Saturday

 The 4th annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off hosted by the Covington Lions Club will begin Friday at 3 p.m. at the American Legion Field on Mill Street. On Saturday gates open at 10 a.m. and the festivities last until 10 p.m. The gate fee is $4 and children under 12 enter free

October 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H’ers make a head start in science

"It doesn't really seem like science," says 4-H'er Sarah Heft of her observations at a local veterinary clinic.

October 07, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Luncheon benefits Boutique

Members of the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary held a luncheon Tuesday to benefit the Hope Boutique - a unique service that provides prosthesis, wigs, turbans, pressure pillows and more to breast cancer surgery, chemo and radiation patients.

October 07, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi

How I got invited to a University of Georgia fraternity party at my age isn't the story here. The story is what I saw when I went there.

October 07, 2009 | Lewis Grizzard | LOCAL




Officer saves baby girl from choking

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy's fast-thinking saved the life of a Newton County infant Thursday night.

October 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New circulation director joins The News

Bill Herbert joined the staff of The Covington News as its new circulation director this week.

"Morris Multimedia is a fine company to work for and I will work to expand our delivery coverage in both counties," Herbert said.

October 06, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


George Walton Academy Homecoming Court

Beautiful Bulldogs: George Walton Academy Senior Eleanor "Ellie" Ginn of Covington was crowned the 2009-2010 Homecoming Queen on Sept. 25 during the Bulldogs' game against John Milledge Academy. Ginn was escorted by her father, Marshall Ginn, and presented flowers by Headmaster William Nicholson. In celebration of George Walton Academy's 40th Anniversary, the Academy's very first Homecoming Queen Pam Briscoe Peters assisted with the festivities. Ginn was crowned by University of Georgia freshman and 2008 Homecoming Queen Haley Hodges of Conyers. The court (left) includes Lindsey White, left, (9th grade, Monroe), Alexi Adams (10th grade, Monroe), Lucy Jordan (11th ...

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Popcorn

 Decked out in official scouting uniforms with order forms in tow, Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops around the area are beginning their annual popcorn sale. The Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is excited for its 15th annual sales drive where popcorn lovers around the metro-area can, once again, take part in the world's largest popcorn sale. This annual fundraiser gives youth the opportunity to earn money for camp, activities, trips and prizes. They can also earn money to be applied towards college scholarships.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Showing livestock a family tradition

 The heat and humidity on this southern Friday night are evident in the sweat rolling down the faces of competitors and observers.

October 04, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


What women should know about breast cancer detection

 The words "breast cancer" evoke terror in the minds of most women and especially in the minds of the people who love them. Because breast cancer is today's second leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States behind lung cancer, modern medicine continues to discover and provide ways to prevent, detect and treat this dreaded disease.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


King, Casola not indicted by grand jury

 A Newton County grand jury decided Friday not to return any indictments in the case against Stephanie Casola and Anita King who were accused of disrupting the funeral of Lanny Barnes on July 2.

October 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Norfolk Southern preparing to abandon rail line

 Norfolk Southern Corp. is in the process of abandoning most of its railroad from Covington to Newborn because the line will no longer be used. The decision to abandon comes after Norfolk Southern chose to not renew its lease with the Great Walton Railroad Company as of Sept. 30.

October 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Discussion of park in Fairview Est. continues

 Fairview Estates residents remain concerned about the effect of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in their community, but outright objection has given way to cautious support for many of the residents after Thursday's meeting between county officials and neighborhood leaders.

October 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Grand jury does not indict Anita King, Stephanie Casola

Friday the Newton County grand jury considered charges of disruptive conduct at a funeral service, criminal trespass and unlawful placement of signs against Anita King and Stephanie Casola, who picketed at Lanny Barnes funeral. Barnes had previously been convicted of murdering King's 2-year-old daughter Avery, after he ran over her and several members of her family at McDonald's on Highway 278.

October 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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