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County, city ‘abandon’ roads

Both Covington and Newton County officials took the unusual step of abandoning roads this week, giving them to neighbors who either want to maintain them themselves or simply watch them go to seed.

August 07, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Volunteer, educator, woman of faith

Mary Kate Tribble, Social Circle's Sister, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ms. Tribble, Social Circle icon, has died

Mary Kate Tribble, long-time volunteer for and life-long resident of Social Circle, passed away of natural causes in her sleep early Monday morning. She was 86.

August 06, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Adolph Brown to head NCSS Ed. Summit

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader Dr. Adolph Brown will headline the district's Education Summit scheduled for August 23 at Newton High School. Dr. Brown is a "no excuse leader" who will keep attendees thoroughly engaged.

August 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School buses to catch motorists illegally passing at stops

Now that school is back in full swing, Newton County's roadways are busier with students getting on and off of buses twice a day.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


School district needs 7th graders for Student Council

If any seventh graders in Newton County are looking for a way to become involved in the school system, openings in a student council are available.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Oxford police chief killed in '69 honored

Sons, daughters, grandchildren and fellow law enforcement officers gathered Monday to honor those who gave their lives to serve and protect the residents of their towns and cities, and a former Oxford police chief was included in the ceremony.

May 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Locals graduate from Ga. ED Academy

Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Region 5 Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

May 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: May 20 primary election results

Today's primary election races will determine several local, state and federal races.

May 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What is #BringBackOurGirls ?

Ever since the radical militant group "Boko Haram" seized and kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls on April 15 in Nigeria and has continued to hold them hostage, there has been an enormous uproar of activity within the United States and across the globe.

May 19, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


Summer activities for 3rd grade and up

If you think 4-H is busy during the school year, you should see us all summer!

May 17, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Land owners around railroad seek payment

The Norfolk Southern railroad corridor continues to lie in limbo, but regardless of its future, local landowners whose properties the rail line cuts through believe the federal government owes them money for their property.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


S.C. firefighters face Navy SEAL-designed obstacle race

Two Social Circle firefighters are gearing up for a muddy challenge that will test their physical and mental strength at the end of the month in Conyers.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Vote today for the 2014 Primary Election

What: The 2014 Primary Election is today, May 20. There are Newton County, Georgia and U.S. races on the ballot. Voters must choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries; they can also vote in the nonpartisan primary, but that will only include nonpartisan races.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Small town, big plans

Both of Social Circle High School's top-honored students have big plans for their future, and although they may be from a small town, their plans are as big as the world.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hashtags in high schools

A high school's 2014 Teacher of the Year is demonstrating why she deserved that distinction by bringing social media and international current events into the classroom in an educational and effective lesson plan.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound near Salem Rd

IN BRIEF: Two left lanes are closed on I-20 EB at Salem Road due to crash; one overturned vehicle. Additional crash at same location, according to Conyers Police. http://t.co/CVU0dfOD3m

May 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford police chief to be honored

The only Oxford police officer to be killed in the line of duty will be honored for his service on Monday.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flint Hill Elementary makeover

Airport Road improvements at Flint Hill Elementary School gained the go-ahead vote to make accessing the school easier and safer at the May 15 Newton County Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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