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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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Penalty phase begins in Lakemper trial

Friday was the start of the penalty phase against convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper and his attorneys are now working to save him from being sentenced to the death penalty for crimes against Wendy Cartledge-Carter in 2005.

April 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ex DeKalb officer pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA - Authorities say a former DeKalb County deputy police chief has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Donald E. Frank of Monroe pleaded guilty Friday in federal district court to conspiring to take bribes while employed as a deputy police chief with DeKalb County.

April 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman dies when car strikes Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Police say a woman fleeing from an officer was killed when her car struck a house in East Atlanta.

Atlanta police Capt. Van Hobbs says an officer noticed the woman failing to maintain her lane late Thursday night. He says the officer checked the car's license tag and learned the car's owner was wanted on drug charges.

April 01, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water authority looks into rail line

The 16-miles of Norfolk Southern railroad in Newton County could be a potential corridor for a water main to transport water from the planned Bear Creek Reservoir, but the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority needs more information before it can make a final call.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officials discuss Walker’s Bend center

Dozens of city and county officials met Wednesday to discuss a potential mixed-used residential apartment, business incubator building in the Walker's Bend neighborhood in Covington, and officials seemed generally in favor.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Trading Spaces

"Trading Spaces on the Square in Covington is no flea market. Owner Heather Lewis, with a penchant for interior design, brings a warm, decorative style to the antiques sold at the store.

March 31, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


ICON Aircraft could locate plant in Covington

The light sport aircraft maker considering Covington for a manufacturing plant has been identified as ICON Aircraft, a Los-Angeles based start-up company founded by a former pilot and engineer.

March 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper guilty on all counts

Jurors late Thursday ruled 34-year-old Cobey Wade Lakemper guilty on all counts in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

March 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Accident slows traffic on I-20

Traffic shutdown: A wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a smaller car brought Interstate 20 westbound at Almon Road to a halt for an hour Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car, seen wedged under the truck above, sustained minor injures. Have a breaking news tip? Email us at news@covnews.com or call the newsroom at (770) 787-6399.

March 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined slightly, from 12.4 percent in January to 12.1 percent for February, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Sun returns for weekend

If you're tired of clouds and rain, hang in there: Bountiful sun and warmth should arrive for the weekend.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tax overhaul stalls

ATLANTA - An overhaul of Georgia taxes has stalled amid objections from Democrats and tea party activists.

They said the plan hikes taxes on the middle class while handing wealthier Georgians a tax break.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL


Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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