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I-20 work ‘cancelled’ for tax-free weekend

Work on eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 scheduled this weekend has been "cancelled," according to Georgia Department of Transportation press secretary David Spear.

August 01, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


CPD community relations recognized

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 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


NCSS transportation dept. wins EPD award

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 | Kayla Robins | 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


Woodard tabbed Morgan 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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Thornton found to be guilty on all charges

Courtney Courtmentez Thornton sat silently, his head down, as Judge Eugene Benton read the charges against him. After nearly five hours of deliberation that stretched into two days, the jury reached a verdict of guilty on each charge. Thornton shook his head slightly after each utterance of the word "guilty." Thornton, who turns 27 today, was sentenced to life in prison plus 40 years.

June 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


With drought over, water restrictions eased

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday as the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


911 dispute close to solution

Porterdale received answers to all of its 911 Center questions, but it still wasn't satisfied with the amount of money it had to pay for emergency dispatch services. However, Porterdale, Covington and Newton County accomplished more in Tuesday's 45-minute joint work session than they did in the previous few months of back and forth discussion.
The only issue remaining between Porterdale and Covington and Newton County is how Porterdale's share of 911 dispatch fees is calculated. Porterdale argues that it should only pay for the calls generated by its police department and city officials, not for the ...

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DAR awards Bellairs

Honored: Betty Bellairs, center, recently received the Community Service Award presented by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The award and pin were presented by the Sergeant Newton Chapter DAR, which sponsored her for her tireless work on behalf of the local animal shelter and the Newton County Humane Society. She also was presented a check for the Humane Society. (Above) Sergeant Newton DAR Regent Patricia Haymore, left, presents Bellairs with her award along with Vice Regent Claudia Callaway.

June 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UPDATED: County watering restrictions lowered

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday, because the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioner's meeting, Administrative Officer John Middleton announced that residents will be able to water lawns and wash vehicles three days a week on the same odd-even address schedule currently used. Under that schedule watering is allowed between midnight and 10:00 am: odd addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and even and unnumbered addresses water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

June 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NICU busy with babies

Saturday morning, Presley Raegen Neely came into the world two months early. Her crib hadn't even been delivered to her parents' home yet, nor had her scheduled baby showers occurred.

June 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Events on square to be able to use power

Private events on the square will now have access to the city's power supply for a $30 fee, after the city council voted to amend the Downtown Covington Permit.

June 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle approves redesign to invigorate downtown area

The citizens and business owners and Social Circle approved a new design direction for their downtown yesterday at the second public downtown revitalization meeting.

June 03, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Order elects officers

The Madison chapter #355, Order of the Eastern Star has moved to Golden Fleece Lodge #6 on the Covington square. The chapter's new meeting nights are the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments or a meal will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the meetings.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale balks rail resolution

Once again the Porterdale City Council did not approve a resolution that would have encouraged the Newton County Commission to purchase the rights of way of the Norfolk Southern rail lines that traverse the county.

June 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


DDS extends hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 2nd, Department of Driver Services' (DDS) Customer Service Centers (CSCs) will be changing hours of operation in an effort to provide service at more convenient hours for customers. Centers will open earlier to better distribute customer demand in the morning hours. The new hours of service provide more service opportunities for customers before work or school – over 100 additional hours for service each week.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Clubhouse window broken

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the clubhouse of North Woods subdivision Sunday afternoon, after a young man was reportedly seen attempting to break into the building.

When they arrived they spoke with the president of the neighborhood's homeowners association who allegedly told them he first noticed the young man walking around the clubhouse and it aroused his suspicion. He approached and asked the young man where he lived and the youth reportedly pointed down Crabapple Ridge.

June 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Supreme Court reinstates Terrell death sentence

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has reinstated a death sentence given to Brian Keith Terrell, convicted of killing a 70-year-old Newton County man in 1992.

The court's ruling Monday was unanimous. It reversed a lower-court judge's ruling that Terrell's death sentence should be set aside because his lawyers provided ineffective assistance of counsel.

June 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A new horizon

Saturday marked a milestone in the lives of more than 500 of Newton County's students when Eastside, Alcovy and Newton high schools held their commencement ceremonies.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eight adults arrested at awards ceremony at elementary school

Eight people were arrested at an awards ceremony at Oak Hill Elementary School after a large fight began over a saved seat in the cafeteria.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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