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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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Home for Christmas

You've heard the song: "I'll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me…"

December 24, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | LOCAL


Christmas wish list

Wish List

December 24, 2010 | Brian Dale | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Wanted for Battery

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for battery against a man for reportedly beating his girlfriend.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment rate rises in November

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off-duty jailer injured in crash

An off-duty Newton County Jail detention officer was injured Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

December 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chimney Park scores big

Chimney Park has received its largest single donation, $2,556, thanks to sponsors of the inaugural Deck the Halls silent auction.

December 23, 2010 | | LOCAL


Bethlehem Baptist gives handmade toys

Bethlehem Baptist Church, located on Usher Street, gave away 100 handmade drums and other handmade gifts to needy children on Dec. 18. Many of the gifts, including the drums, pillows, blankets and other crafts were made by philanthropist Jean Jackson.

December 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, little snow expected for Christmas

It's going to be wet out for Christmas in Covington, but the National Weather Service has dropped its forecast for frozen precipitation to 40 percent Christmas Night.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton band Sugar Bowl bound

The Newton County High School Band is set to make history, thanks to the generosity of several donors who helped the group raise the funds needed for a trip to New Orleans to play at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.

December 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Track Santa on his way to deliver presents

December 23, 2010 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


City buys generators for medically dependent

Covington recently purchased eight generators that can be provided in a power outage to city residents who are on oxygen.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Developer receives tax credit

The private development group Affordable Equity Partners recently received a state tax credit, which will allow it to build 32 homes in the Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81.

December 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas Eve services offered

You have a choice of either a family celebration or a classic observance of Christmas Eve on Friday at The Church of Covington, 11975 Ga. Highway 142 in Oxford.

December 23, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Train with the Firefighter Explorers

For high schoolers considering a career in firefighting or those merely interested in what a firefighter's life is like, Newton County offers a firefighter explorer program. The group is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Through hands-on practice and small group lectures, aspiring firefighters gain an accurate depiction of what the profession is like, not only its merits, but also its difficulties. Explorers meet twice a month at a local station for about 90 minutes.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman flees after allegedly being beaten with belt

A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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