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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


The last of the volunteer firefighters?

Newton County's volunteer firefighter base is shrinking. Will that leave behind a more reliable group or does it signal the beginning of the end?

June 07, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DC or bust!

In Georgia 4-H, most of us call Rock Eagle our home away from home.

June 07, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful seeking volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be at 9 a.m. March 29 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local nonprofits get $5K checks

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hank Johnson endorsed by Obama

Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, who is expected to face a tough primary battle from former DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, received an endorsement Tuesday from President Barack Obama.

March 11, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately touched teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Officer Morgan gets specialized wheelchair

As promised at "Officer Morgan Day," Quantum Rehab officials presented 5-year-old Morgan Steward with a new specialized wheelchair, complete with police lights and sirens, at a special ceremony Friday afternoon at the Covington Police Department.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Georgia House considers three high-interest bills

The Georgia General Assembly began last week at a fast pace, since Monday was what we call crossover day. Crossover day is the 30th day of our 40-day annual legislative session. More importantly, it is the last day that you can move a bill out of one chamber of the legislature and still have the opportunity to try and move it in the other chamber. In the House, we considered 64 bills and resolutions during the week, with 52 of those being on crossover day itself. I'll cover the three, by far, most interesting measures.

March 08, 2014 | | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Student hit with cellphone

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are working to identify a young female who reportedly threw a cellphone and injured a 10-year-old student while arguing with the student on a school bus.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Roommate fight leads to woman's arrest

A Jackson woman now faces a charge of simple battery after she reportedly fought with her roommate.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CMS Cardinals visit Atlanta Hawks

Cousins Middle School's chorus and its cheerleaders recently attended and performed at an Atlanta Hawks game.

March 08, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


District 112 candidates square off at forum

(Watch the video from the debate by clicking here.)

March 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Don't forget to set clocks 1 hour ahead

Winter has dragged on in much of the country, but here's a sign spring is close at hand: Daylight saving time arrives this weekend.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington man fatally shot in Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Law officers say they've taken six young people into custody -- including one who has been charged with murder -- after a fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Kroger grocery store in Augusta.

March 08, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One WB I-20 lane to be closed next week for construction

One lane on I-20 west in Newton County will be closed from Sunday through Thursday for bridge work.

March 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO: Man inappropriately grabs teen

A man has been charged with cruelty to children and child molestation after he reportedly inappropriately touched a teen while at a gas station.

March 07, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield Mayor Middlebrooks resigns

Mansfield Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned from her position Thursday afternoon, citing a lack of time to devote to the position, though she had also faced questioning and criticism for months from council members and residents about spending of city funds.

March 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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