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Swingin' on the Square

Covington got a double shot Friday night as the Swingin' Medallions performed its 1966 hit songs, and plenty of others in front of the Covington Historic Courthouse.

June 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford, Porterdale and the GMA

The City of Oxford will be represented at a new Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Advisory Council, which will help prioritize recommendations made to the GMA and to provide ongoing feedback to the staff on services needed to help cities operate more effectively and efficiently, according to a letter from the GMA to Bob Schwartz, Oxford city manager.

June 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Traffic delays possible for water line work

Covington residents could see traffic delays south of the square and in the Old Monticello Street area during the next year as work begins on replacing more than 26,000 linear feet of city water lines, some of which are more than 100 years old.

June 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Liquor store plan spurs talk about corridors

A proposal to put a new package store on the Covington Bypass Road has spurred an in-depth discussion about the future of the city's commercial corridors and what they will and should look like, with some officials' modern vision for the future clashing with others' views of what's realistic.

June 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newsflash: P'dale kayak launch Saturday

What: The Porterdale kayak launch on Yellow River will officially open with a ribbon cutting and BBQ

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAVED: local gets massive tumor removed

A massive tumor was surgically removed from a Newton County woman's stomach Tuesday after several trips to the emergency room led to a dead end and distant surgery date.

June 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DDS announces new emergency initiative

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell, under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, is providing a new emergency preparedness initiative for customers obtaining a driver's license or state identification card. Customers may request that their blood type be printed on the back of their permanent card. This addition is completely optional and may help medical personnel during an emergency.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Covington Fire Department to launch explorer program

The Covington Fire Department is expanding its community outreach with an Explorer Program, open to young men and women 15-20 interested in the Fire/Medical fields as a career.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot after alleged robbery

After receiving a burglary call on Hwy. 162 South, Newton County Sheriff's deputies reported a man had been shot in the back.

March 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawmakers finalize $20.8 billion budget

The House and Senate agreed to the conference committee's report on HB 744 – the FY 2015 budget on Tuesday. Of particular interest, funding was restored to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission as well as leaving GSWCC as a stand-alone agency. GSWCC Executive Director Brent Dykes said, "The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission appreciates GA Farm Bureau's strong support of conservation during the 2014 Legislative Session. GFB has been a great partner. The state's 40 conservation districts remain committed to protecting and improving our natural resources". This was a GFB priority issue and one in which ...

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington YMCA prepares for Covington Cheerios challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


21 youths honored at 4-H district project achievement

For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.

March 22, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Watching 'Clueless in Covington'

My husband, Mike and I went to the DAP Theatre's performance of Lamar Townley's "Clueless in Covington" February 15th and were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of performance in Covington! This troupe was amazing. Casting was hysterical, especially if you personally know the people. We happen to know "Ms. Harlot"! (not pictured) The other actors portrayed in this spoof are: Professor Greengenes, Mrs. Pricilla Cock, Rev. Black, Captain Cat Chupp, Professor Pemberton Pinkney, Ms. White and Mr. White. The production is based on the popular game of CLUE. This murder-mystery engages the audience to participate by voting "Whodunit ...

March 21, 2014 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Y prepares for Cheerios Challenge

The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19th, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.

March 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Newton men caught in prostitution sting

Four more "johns" were busted in an undercover prostitution sting operation by Conyers Police Tuesday.

March 20, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Keep your hands out of your pants

After assisting with a locked vehicle Tuesday, Covington Police officers noticed the car parked next to their vehicle showed a no insurance/registration suspended alert on their license plate reader.

March 20, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Thomas' Buffet begs for 2nd chance

Some of Thomas' Country Buffet servers have been working at the repurposed train depot for several years and they think of their customers as family, but the business is on the verge of closing down in the aftermath of a failed health inspection.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More than $2,700 raised

Newton County firefighters came together as a family last Saturday, spending a day fishing to raise money for the son of their fallen brother.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future of Salem Rd businesses

Despite impassioned pleas by a prospective business owner, the Newton County Board of Commissioners refused to grant an exemption to the strict Salem Overlay zoning standards the board placed on the Salem Road corridor and surrounding area in early 2013.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lake Lanier Islands hiring 500

The Georgia Department of Labor's (GDOL) Gainesville Career Center will continue a series of month-long recruitments on Saturdays March 22 and March 29 to help Lake Lanier Islands Resort fill about 500 seasonal jobs.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Training for workplace skills

New Leaf Visions Work Force Development and Georgia in conjunction with Georgia Piedmont Technical College are offering a Workplace Fundamentals Certification Program called New Leaf for Newton.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton inmate dies after suicide attempt

An 18-year-old Porterdale man died Thursday after allegedly attempting suicide while he was being held in the Newton County Detention Center.

March 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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