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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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Others Day pays it forward

Woodlee's Christian Academy students recently celebrated Others Day by performing community service and volunteer activities.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hope, cynicism at redistricting forum

Drawing district lines along common lifestyles or economic interests and having representation that mainly served one county were some of the wishes expressed by attendees at the League of Women Voters forum on redistricting Tuesday night.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


Everyone's a winner

The Newton County Special Olympics continued today at Homer Sharp Stadium with events for elementary school-aged children.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lithonia woman killed in I-20 wreck

A Lithonia woman died in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night that blocked westbound lanes on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit for several hours, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

May 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bama student shares storm damage images

Damage from the killer tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week was captured in images taken by Covington native Mary Wright, a rising junior at the University of Alabama.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hostage standoff ends in Roswell

ROSWELL - A hostage standoff at a Roswell apartment building ended when police set off concussion grenades and entered the building.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Changes coming to Oxford on July 1

Changes are coming on July 1 to how the city of Oxford is governed.

May 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Naked toddler found wandering in parking lot

A 24-year-old mother was arrested after her toddler was found naked wandering around the parking lot of a motel at 4:30 a.m. Friday.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dad gives daughter $400,000 lottery ticket

SAVANNAH - Father's Day this year is going to be bigger than usual for one Savannah man.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga storm losses at $75 million

ATLANTA - A cluster of tornadoes that killed 15 people in northwest Georgia inflicted at least $75 million in insured property losses, State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs continue to rise in Covington

Gasoline prices in the metro Atlanta area are averaging $3.86 per gallon after a price hike of 10.3 cents in the past week.

Nationally, the average price increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.92 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Check Covington area gas prices here.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Trouble on the way

Reader Matthew Ozburn sent this photo to us of the storm that wreaked havoc early Thursday in Newborn.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Here's how bin Laden body was ID'd

WASHINGTON - The U.S. used multiple means to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden during and after the firefight in which he was killed, before placing his body in the North Arabian Sea from aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Let the games begin!

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games kicked off this morning with a parade and the torch run at Sharp Stadium.

May 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Full pool at Lanier through summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - State climatologist David Stooksbury says Lake Lanier should remain at a high level through the summer.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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