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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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Chamber makes economic development hire

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has hired its economic development leader.

February 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9-1-1: By the numbers

Covington/Newton County 911 has released its annual report and calls have exceeded the 110,000 mark for 2010, increasing 4 percent since 2009, but without an increase in staff.

February 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes outlined by Deal, legislators

ATLANTA - Only Georgia's top-performing high school students would continue to receive free public college tuition under sweeping changes Gov. Nathan Deal and Republicans proposed Tuesday for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Plans for Falcon stadium move forward

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center Authority will enter into a "memo of understanding" - the next step toward a new, open-air stadium for the NFL team.

Both sides say the agreement does not constitute a done deal, but allows them to begin discussions about the business relationship that would be involved in whatever plan is developed.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford zoning plan work continues

The proposed zoning ordinance remains a work in progress for the city of Oxford, but the document that's been more than a year in the making should be ready for a council vote by spring.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA - Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials said Monday that someone stole personal patient information and used it illegally.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pre-k supporters rally today

ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia's pre-kindergarten program plan a rally at the state Capitol.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. Advocates will call upon Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators to commit to supporting the program for the 150,000 4-year-olds in the state who are eligible to participate.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington author publishes inspirational book

God has been good to Covington author Joyce Fincher, who has a new inspirational book available online, "He'll Lead You Through Your Sea."

It's her testimony of how God has led her through the darkest times of her life, as well as through the happy times. Fincher believes that she is simply God's vessel through whom he has written the story of her experiences.

February 22, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Fulton firefighters find pot plants

ATLANTA - Fulton County fire officials say firefighters sent to douse an overnight blaze found dozens of suspected marijuana plants growing in the basement.

Fulton fire Battalion Chief Markus Jones says firefighters were sent to the house in south Fulton County early Monday. Jones says there was no one home when the firefighters arrived. He says the signs of a marijuana-growing operation included special lighting.

February 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - Feb. 20

Pack your lunch and bring your own coffee. It's plain and simple, friends - this saves money! I estimate my family saves $150 a month by using this frugal living strategy. That's $1,800 a year! When you look at it like that, the convenience of not so healthy fast food and an overpriced cuppa joe isn't nearly as attractive, is it? Think about how much you could save if you drove past that shiny coffee shop with a thermos of your favorite in hand, brown bag filled with homemade goodies waiting beside you for lunch! Don't ...

February 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Horace Johnson: Living in changing times

Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

February 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


An abundant Arbor Day

Planting frenzy: Newton County celebrated Arbor Day in several cities on Saturday.

February 20, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


A view from the House

The most significant bill by far to reach the house floor was the adjustment to the current, fiscal 2011 budget, also known as the supplemental or little budget bill. A few other items were of interest as well.

February 20, 2011 | By Doug Holt, Representative | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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