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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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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


Officers force man to the ground

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 19, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No more tobacco at universities

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Board of Regents has voted to implement a system-wide ban on the use of all forms of tobacco products.

March 19, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn woman dies in wreck on Ga. 142

Newborn resident Dana Massey, 38, was killed on Ga. Highway 142 this morning after hitting a deer, losing control of her vehicle and then striking two trees, said Newton County Sheriff Sgt. Michael Cunningham.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme school earns money and prizes

Newton County Theme School students are cleaning up the environment and earning money for their school. By simply collecting drink pouches from the lunchroom or classroom, Newton County Theme School students can win playgrounds, park benches and recycling bins for their school or community.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local church hosting business expo

The pastor of Atlanta Deliverance Tabernacle, Larry Bryant, is also a small business owner, and he's passionate about helping others in his community get their own businesses up and running.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A host of golden daffodils

This time of year, if you are driving outside the city limits, you will usually come across a wide swath of daffodils planted close to the road in front of what may once have been an old home.

March 18, 2014 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


CNG fueling station opens to public

The city of Covington's compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station is now open to the public, and the city is planning to have an open house and grand opening April 4 at 2 p.m. at the station, which is located off City Pond Road, near the Alcovy Road intersection.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Fire Dept. reaccredited

The Covington Fire Department recently earned international reaccreditation for the second time, a rigorous process that forces the department to analyze its operations and ensure its using best practices.

March 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals gives $40K in scholarships

Three of the six All-Around Student Scholarships awarded by Snapping Shoals EMC, and 11 of the 100 applicants overall were awarded to Covington students recently.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fradulent Budweiser check leaves bad taste

A proposed deal to pay a man to place Budweiser advertising on his vehicle, turned out to a cruel trick.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Restaurant Scores - March 19

Alcovy High School, 14567 Highway 36, Covington, Feb. 4, 100, A

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Springfield Baptist hosting career expo March 27

Springfield Baptist Church, with the help of Goodwill of North Georgia and the Georgia Department of Labor, will host its second annual career expo March 27.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Giving back

Students at the Montessori School of Covington prepared and served their annual lunch to thank community leaders Monday.

March 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery leads CPD to chase

A man who robbed the Fred's Super Dollar Store at 6179 Highway 278 led Covington Police on a chase to DeKalb County and The Mall at Stonecrest Sunday afternoon.

March 16, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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