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Trolley to take hotel guests downtown

Beginning this month, Covington Tourism Director Jenny McDonald will launch the chamber's new trolley and hotel partnership to bring business travelers to Covington's Historic Square.

June 12, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Miracle League field nearing completion

Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson is crossing her fingers in hopes the Miracle League Field will be ready around August or September 2014.

June 12, 2014 | | LOCAL


New dance studio opens in P'dale

The former Starbound Dance Studio was reopened as Rhythm Elements Dance Studio in its same Porterdale location Saturday. Four parents of dancers who trained under Valerie Odom, before she suddenly shuttered Starbound's doors without repayment, teamed up with the owners of Rhythm Elements in Porterdale to give their children back a place to dance.

June 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington’s Wildwood subdivision purchased

The partially-built Wildwood subdivision off the Covington Bypass Road has been purchased by a developer who plans to move forward where other developers have stalled out.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The ‘Party Band of the South’ will play free concert Friday

The Swingin' Medallions began their nearly 50-year run with fraternity parties.

June 10, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


BOC: Rental policy at Nelson Heights center should change

County commissioners agreed Monday night that extra steps need to be taken when the Nelson Heights Community Center is rented out to ensure there's no repeat of the May 30 "Bounce Dat Ass Part II" party that ended up with gun shots reportedly being fired in the air by a car passing by the center.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County nears budget consensus

County commissioners appeared to be close Monday to reaching a consensus on next year's budget, agreeing to lower the millage rate (informally called the property tax rate) from its current 11.54 rate to somewhere around 11, a change that would save a $150,000 property owner around $30 a year in county taxes.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Breast Party Ever

The Women's Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical Center is hosting the Breast Party Ever on Saturday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. The community is invited to avoid the "Booby Trap" by attending a fun-filled afternoon of learning about breast cancer awareness and prevention from breast patient navigator Wendy Hankins, RN, CBPN-IC.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madeline Burgess: Volunteer of the year

Madeline Burgess is 81 years old and still enjoys taking a 5K-run and vows to remain active in her mind and body. This vow translated into making her city of Social Circle a better place to live in, and her fellow residents have not overlooked her efforts.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Golf tournament funds fireworks

It's not quite Christmas in June, but July 4 celebrations are set to begin early in Social Circle this year.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Storm power outages

IN BRIEF: Snapping Shoals EMC is reporting 58 outages affecting 6696 customers. Snapping Shoals EMC provides electricity to 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.

June 10, 2014 | | LOCAL


Livingston Elementary named Heart Safe School

Livingston Elementary School is officially good for the heart.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School transfer bill procedures announced

Parents who wish for their children to attend a different school in the fall may now be able to do so.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC Foundation hosts annual Family Fun and Food Fest

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), through its Foundation, will host its annual Family Fun and Food Fest, Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Family Fun and Food Fest will be held at the Newton Campus D Building and Conference Center. Now in its third year, the festival serves as a fundraiser for the GPTC Foundation. Admission to the event, including all activities, is free.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


News staff members win GPA awards

The News is proud to announce several staff members were given 2013 news coverage and design awards by the Georgia Press Association, including the pioneer winner for a new category, which were presented at the GPA Convention on June 6, 2014.

June 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Groundbreakings and bridge replacements

Work is starting on the $14 million Georgia BioScience Training Center in Stanton Springs Industrial Park, a perk that accompanied Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus on the Newton/Walton county line.

March 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legion honors Veteran's Story columnist

The American Legion, the American Legion Riders, Son of the American Legion and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary hosted presented Pete Mecca, The Covington News and The Rockdale News with certificates of appreciation at a breakfast held at The Remington House in Conyers Tuesday morning.

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local man caught in child porn case

A Covington resident and former Barrow County middle school teacher, William Kimbrell, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on child pornography charges the day after resigning, the Unites States Attorney's office announced in a release Monday.

March 25, 2014 | Zac Taylor Barrow County News | LOCAL


Wind knocks out power on 278

The options for ordering pizza in Covington were a little more limited Tuesday afternoon and evening as heavy winds caused a power outage to parts of Newton Plaza and U.S. Highway 278.

March 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Four arrested in Depot bar ruckus

Police officers put a man in an arm bar, Tasered a woman to the ground and arrested two others, who, reportedly, attempted to incite the crowd that gathered to watch the encounter outside of the Depot bar around 2 a.m. Sunday.

March 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man assaults couple with a gun

Police talked a man into lowering his gun outside of Five O'clock Somewhere 1:20 Saturday morning.

March 24, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Washington Street center gets extra $8,000

The Washington Street Community Center is getting an additional $8,000 this year to help pay for programming.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


International leaders tour Covington

Newton County leaders showed off Covington to a group of diplomats from 26 countries, praising the county's filming and economic development successes and hoping to make future connections with more international companies.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Candidates vie for District 10 seat

Seven Republicans vying to replace Paul Broun as the representative for Georgia's 10 district took the stage Friday in Newton County to give their takes on some of the most pressing issues facing Congress.

March 22, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries filming Wednesday and Thursday

The Vampire Diaries will be filming scenes for the upcoming fifth season Wednesday and Thursday.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Construction begins on library roof

Construction is finally starting next week on the Covington Branch Library's leaky roof and could last for two months.

March 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Silent auction to help single parents

Spring Ministries, a new ministry aiming to help single parents in Newton, Jasper and Butts counties, is hosting a tea party and silent auction to raise money.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ag Day celebration

Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black hosted the annual Ag Day at the Freight Depot on Tuesday. Ag Day is the kickoff for National Agriculture Week and provides an opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the state's largest industry. Agriculture contributes $76.9 billion annually to the state's economy. The event once again proved to be a great success bringing hundreds of participants from all over the state. Visitors sampled various Georgia grown products while learning about the state's largest industry.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


House passes SB 213 - Flint River amendments

Last week, by a vote of 164-3, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 213, or the Flint River Drought Protection Act. The bill was amended in the House of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday to strengthen the original intent of the legislation.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Spring Fling to be held at Gaither’s Planation

A new event is starting up at Gaither's Planation in a few weeks, and the organizer hopes it will become an annual rite of Spring.

March 22, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


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