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Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woodard tabbed Morgan superintendent

A pillar in the Newton College and Career Academy was named as the only candidate for Morgan County Schools Superintendent Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Indian Creek student drowns in Albany pool

A local middle school student drowned last week in Albany, Georgia, at a neighborhood pool.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Beer Bandit Busted

A 30-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning on a charge of shoplifting after he allegedly tried to steal a shopping cart full of beer from Kroger on U.S. Highway 278.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man Charged with Child Molestation

Charles L. Skrobot resigned from the Covington Redevelopment Authority last week after being charged with child molestation on Oct. 5.

October 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police Respond to Family Dispute

A heated clash between a mother and daughter got officers from the Covington Police Department called to Turner Street Thursday evening.

October 13, 2010 | Nic Walter | LOCAL


Covington man dies in Sunday wreck on I-20

A 28-year-old Covington man died early Sunday after his car crashed into the median wall on Interstate 20 near the Salem Road exit in Rockdale County, state troopers reported.

October 11, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Tides’ author Pat Conroy speaks At Burge Plantation

Pat Conroy, native Atlantan and quintessential Southern writer, entertained an audience of about 300 Thursday evening at Burge Plantation.

October 10, 2010 | Janet Jernigan | LOCAL


Candidates, voters both active early

Georgia has one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, increasing voter access and pushing candidates to campaign longer and establish platforms earlier.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jim Dial gets judicial sendoff

Jim Dial worked only a few hours each day at the judicial center as its mail clerk, but his sunny personality and loving attitude has left an indelible mark on his co-workers.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates schoolhouse grand opening

The Town of Newborn celebrated the grand opening of its historical schoolhouse Oct. 2 with free lunch and music. Several residents from near and far came back to reminisce about their experiences as students, including Mary Formo, who traveled all the way from Washington.

Formo made the cross-country trip because she spent a few years of her childhood here on a 70-acre farm. She remembers skipping school and hiding in the honeysuckle with her best friend Anne.

October 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to try to qualify for pilot program

Newton County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to try to qualify for participation in a pilot program to protect the integrity of agricultural areas in the county.

If selected, Newton County will receive help from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission staff through its Local Agricultural Protection Guide Pilot Program.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Digest Drop

Newton County governments might have to slash budgets by another 12 percent to 15 percent next year because of zero growth and a new state bill designed to have property tax assessment valuations reflect actual sales prices on homes.

Newton County Chief Tax Assessor Tommy Knight said Tuesday that a natural decline in property values will account for about 5 percent of the drop. An additional 7 percent or 8 percent decline will be caused by S.B. 346, which requires local governments to appraise property at the price it was sold, including foreclosures and short sales.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington declared Camera Ready

State officials said Thursday that they view Covington as the model of a film-friendly community and will be promoting Newton County more aggressively than ever as the state seeks to increase its entertainment market share.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkins now available at church patch

The star attractions are in and available at the fourth annual Great Pumpkin Patch at Covington First United Methodist Church, 1113 Conyers St.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First-hand knowledge guides 4-H for 106 years

By 1910, a Newton County innovation was catching on across the country.

October 08, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Career Fair today

A career fair featuring 17 employers will be staged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 387 W. Hightower Trail in Social Circle.

October 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson requests new trial

Nearly a year after his first trial, convicted murderer Franklin Elliott Benson on Thursday went before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. to request a new trial, citing ineffective assistance of council and inefficiency of evidence.

Benson, 50, was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, whose body parts were found off Georgia Highway 212 on Oct. 30, 2007. Williams' head and torso were never found.

October 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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