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BOC postpones cell tower vote

Lanier Sims served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as Keith Ellis was absent from the public meeting Tuesday, leaving a four-commissioner board with the possibility for a 2-2 tie.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Special needs workshop upcoming

Parents and guardians of students with special needs have a special workshop upcoming specifically geared towards assisting the child with his/her education.

October 24, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Porterdale church catches fire

The Anointed Body of Christ Church in Porterdale suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Thursday night, when a fire blazed through the building.

October 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


McGiboney, Alcovy Trestle made safer

Aaron Wadley, who has been on the job as Newton County's transportation director since September, briefed the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday on several projects going on throughout the county.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 pedestrian bridge project under budget

The Covington City Council learned it would be saving money on the pedestrian bridge over I-20 on SR 81 during Monday's council meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


I-20 construction work continues

This weekend is full of fall festivals to travel to, but also construction on highways around Metro Atlanta and Georgia.

October 23, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man gives $800, promised $30,000

A Covington man was convinced to give someone $800 to get $30,000 to deposit in his bank account after meeting him in the parking lot of the Food Depot Wednesday.

October 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Change the World Day this Saturday

Citizens of Newton County are racing against hunger in working to change the world.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


R.L. Cousins class of 64 celebrates

The R.L. Cousins Class of 1964 celebrated its 50th class reunion at Pilgreen's Steakhouse on Lake Dow Road in McDonough Sept. 20.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


RCSO requests $2M more for personnel

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office officially made its 2015 budget request, including a request for nearly all of the county's capital budget, to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners during the board's Tuesday morning work session.

October 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy's Homecoming court

Peachtree Academy announced its Homecoming court ahead of Friday night's Homecoing game.

October 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek session moved to Nov. 5

The Newton County Board of Commissioners public meeting originally scheduled for Nov. 4, election night, has been rescheduled for Monday Nov. 3.

October 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rock Plains PTO disbanded

The Rocky Plains Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization board has been disbanded after alleged misuse of funds by PTO board members.

October 21, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Today in Pictures

a look around town through the camera

October 21, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Pace St. transformation set for 2017

The Covington City Council heard an update on its plans to make Pace Street a more walkable connecting corridor from the downtown Square to the Hwy. 278 commercial district during its meeting Monday night.

October 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Education working group proposes overhaul

On Monday Gov. Sonny Perdue released the final recommendations of an education working group that proposed significant, "comprehensive" changes to Georgia's education system at every level.

The group's recommendations were based on the national education report "Tough Choices or Tough Times," which suggested radically altering the U.S.'s education system in order to reverse America's global economic and political decline.

April 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cheerios Challenge raises funds for families

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

April 24, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton Medical Center annual Spring Gala coming up Saturday

Newton Medical Center's Annual Spring Gala planned for April 25 will be a night to remember. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be elegant and entertaining.

April 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to recieve smart growth help

Newton County is receiving help from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to plan for smart growth and future mixed-use developments along U.S. Highway 278, such as mixed retail-office and retail-residential buildings.

April 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Children of Eden

The Social Circle Theater will present the final showing of their largest production to date, "Children of Eden," a theatrical production from the book of Genesis, April 24 through April 26. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, a sold-out 3 p.m. Saturday matinee and 6 p.m. Sunday.

April 24, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


City and county consider purchasing local Norfolk Southern railroad

The City of Covington and Newton County have been considering purchasing railroad right-of-ways from Norfolk Southern for the past several months. On Tuesday, the city and county held a joint public meeting to enlighten the public and discuss the benefits and risks of possibly purchasing the railroad. The Covington News will have more on this story in Sunday's paper.

April 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Angela Hodges is Conservationist of the Year for Newton County

Angela Hodges was recognized as conservationist of the year April 21 by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District. The award was presented at the district's annual program for the achievements in soil and water conservation on her farm. Hodges was presented with a plaque of recognition by Newton County District Supervisor Larry McSwain.

Angela and her husband Bo Thompson operate Anna Beth's Farm named after her niece located on Ga. Highway 229. They have installed many conservation practices through the 319 Grant including livestock exclusion fence for their pond and creek, installed water facilities with ...

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A long time coming

It's been about 188 years since the Brick Store was first built and quickly became the hub of the community in Newton County.

The store still stands on U.S. Highway 278, a tribute to times gone by. But recently Brick Store has received some long overdue credit, after being added to the National Register of Historic Places. After 18 months of hard work, researching ownership and past uses of the former Superior Court of Newton County building, the Newton County Historical Society and the county's landscape architect were informed of the decision.

April 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local groups rally to keep Newton clean

Members of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful will join volunteers from across the county to collect trash from local roadways and green areas Saturday.

"We're participating along with thousands of volunteers throughout the United States in the Great American Cleanup, which is sponsored by Keep America Beautiful," said Connie Waller, executive director of KCNB.

April 22, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Drowning victim identified

A Conyers woman who fell into the rapid waters at Factory Shoals Park late Monday morning was found dead, a victim of a drowning.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, a call for help went out at roughly 11 a.m. when a group of the friends that the women, identified as 35-year-old Marie Elaina Carley, was with, called 911 after the she accidentally fell into the water and they were unable to find her.

April 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rising to the Cheerios Challenge

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

April 20, 2009 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Newborn town budget finally approved for 2009

The Newborn Town Council finally approved its 2009 calendar year budget after months of discussion and uncertainty. Councilwoman Suzanne Bean said the $297,342.92 budget wasn't passed until March 16 because of council members' differing opinions and uncertainty about how the economy would affect the city's revenue, particularly property taxes.

April 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police, deputies look for robbery suspects

Both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are seeking the community's help in finding men that they say are responsible for robberies on April 11 and 14.

April 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The power of public service

A visit from the congressman: Congressman Jim Marshall (D-District 8) speaks to ninth through 11th graders on Thursday at Newton High School, while Principal Roderick Sams looks on, about the importance of serving their country through the military and other public agencies.

April 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local leader, business owner mourned

Prominent Newton County resident Otis Spillers passed away April 14 at the age of 90, but not before he touched many lives in the community he had called home since 1935.

April 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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