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Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woodard tabbed Morgan superintendent

A pillar in the Newton College and Career Academy was named as the only candidate for Morgan County Schools Superintendent Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Indian Creek student drowns in Albany pool

A local middle school student drowned last week in Albany, Georgia, at a neighborhood pool.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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It’s only a part-time job – right?

Why don't I start by confirming something you always suspected? A state legislator's job is one that you can turn into almost as little or as much work as you want! Maybe you already knew this secret: Unlike the Congress up in D.C., the Georgia legislature has always been a "part-time" venture. We're in session about three months of the year. Doesn't that sound easy? The idea was to allow the members, who were mostly farmers in the beginning, to finish their business in Atlanta and return home in time for growing season. Washington used ...

May 13, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


Newton Co. closing in on two industries

Business activity is picking up in Newton County as eight industries, totaling 2,000 jobs, are considering locating in Newton County, industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said Friday.

May 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield Elementary School (video)

Mansfield Elementary School plants tree in memory of Newton County school bus driver Barbara Schemmel

May 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Celebrating Newton's Special Olympics

The 2014 Newton County Special Olympics officially kicked off Monday at Sharp Stadium, showering its athletes with adoration with the opening Parade of Athletes.

May 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | LOCAL


Michelle Nunn visits Porterdale

Michelle Nunn, widely expected to be the Democratic candidate for the vacant U.S. Senate seat this November, stopped by Porterdale Sunday for a fundraising event.

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


VIDEO: Jason Carter speaks in Newton

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter gave the keynote speech at the Newton County Democratic Party's Paint the Town Blue Affair, a fundraising dinner.

May 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Crowell Road I-20 interchange could get fix in 2016

The Crowell Road I-20 interchange can confuse drivers because there are two stoplights – the one for the I-20 ramp and the one for the Access Road – separated by barely 100 feet, and it's led to some traffic backups and safety issues over the years.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County hires grant writing firm

Newton County officials hope to get more state and federal money next year after hiring a grant writing firm.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau is NCSS Partner of the Year

NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey (far left) and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall (far right) presented the Newton County Farm Bureau, represented by Crystal Powell-Hyatt and Keith Mitcham, with the Partner of the Year award at the Partners in Education breakfast May 7 for working the Middle Ridge Elementary School, represented by Principal Michael Forehand (second to right).

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County hires firm to engage citizens

Newton County officials are turning to social media to try to get citizens more involved in government and community initiatives.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Mansfield mayor Cocchi dies

Former, longtime Mansfield mayor Bill Cocchi died early Friday morning after complications from heart surgery, leaving behind a legacy of caring passionately about Mansfield and its people.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington nabs heavy equipment business

A heavy equipment seller and maintenance company is opening a location in Atlanta, a move that industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said will provide high-wage jobs and provide a boost to local sales tax revenue.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A reader's tribute to a dedicated lady

Music, music, music!

May 10, 2014 | By Joyce P. Fincher Guest Columnist | LOCAL


King's tale: Missing man's dog needs home

When Bobby Weaver rescued his dog, King, the second time, he promised he would never let anything happen to him again.

May 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Porterdale gym open for business

Local professionals, volunteers and residents gathered between walls and under the sun to commemorate small-town history and celebrate future opportunity in Porterdale Wednesday afternoon.

May 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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