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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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Stocking stuffers

Members of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church recently delivered 140 Christmas stockings to patients at the Atlanta VA Hospital.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Columnist to speak at prayer breakfast

Syndicated columnist Jackie Gingrich Cushman will be the featured speaker for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary up to bat

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Mainstream Dance visits Porterdale Elementary

Keep the beat: Dancers from Mainstream Dance visited Porterdale Elementary Thursday afternoon. The dances demonstrated for the students included samples from The Nutcracker Ballet, a solo and a jazz routine. Students also got a chance to learn a few ballet terms and positions. Check mainstreamdance.com to learn how you can get involved in local performances, including The Little Mermaid, which will be performed in the spring.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hometown holiday cocoa

Braving the cold: Sarai Baker enjoyed a steaming cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows in the festive Covington News store on the square Thursday evening. The Hometown Holiday Celebration, a Mainstreet Covington event to promote holiday shopping and festivities on the square, happens every Thursday evening and includes caroling, horse and carriage rides and extended shopping hours.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Commissioners split on SPLOST

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's $57.6 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal is expected to gain formal approval of the commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teens arrested for sex acts on school bus

Two Newton County high school students are facing several serious charges after reportedly having sexual contact with a female student on a school bus in late November.

December 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


UPDATE: County SPLOST list not changed

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's original 2011, $57.6 million SPLOST proposal is expected to be the final list presented to voters at the March 15 special election.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch for a wintry mix this evening

There may be some sleet and snowflakes mixed in with rain this afternoon on your way home this evening.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL




Mansfield prepares 2011 budget

The Mansfield City Council is expected to pass its $1.22 million 2011 budget at its Jan. 3 meeting.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School board scheduled to meet tonight

The Newton County Board of Education will meet at 7 tonight for a combined work session/meeting.

December 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in robbery faced many previous charges

An alleged would-be robber shot and killed on Saturday in a grocery store parking lot had rotated in and out of Rockdale County jail for nearly a decade on charges ranging from simple battery to posession and selling of drugs.

December 14, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


At home with the Hodges

Who: Bill and Sue Hodges; Tootles the cat

December 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Six Generations

A local family recently welcomed their sixth generation into the world.

December 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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