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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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Live: May 20 primary election results

Today's primary election races will determine several local, state and federal races.

May 20, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What is #BringBackOurGirls ?

Ever since the radical militant group "Boko Haram" seized and kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls on April 15 in Nigeria and has continued to hold them hostage, there has been an enormous uproar of activity within the United States and across the globe.

May 19, 2014 | Zach Lang | LOCAL


Small town, big plans

Both of Social Circle High School's top-honored students have big plans for their future, and although they may be from a small town, their plans are as big as the world.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Vote today for the 2014 Primary Election

What: The 2014 Primary Election is today, May 20. There are Newton County, Georgia and U.S. races on the ballot. Voters must choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries; they can also vote in the nonpartisan primary, but that will only include nonpartisan races.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


S.C. firefighters face Navy SEAL-designed obstacle race

Two Social Circle firefighters are gearing up for a muddy challenge that will test their physical and mental strength at the end of the month in Conyers.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Land owners around railroad seek payment

The Norfolk Southern railroad corridor continues to lie in limbo, but regardless of its future, local landowners whose properties the rail line cuts through believe the federal government owes them money for their property.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Summer activities for 3rd grade and up

If you think 4-H is busy during the school year, you should see us all summer!

May 17, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Hashtags in high schools

A high school's 2014 Teacher of the Year is demonstrating why she deserved that distinction by bringing social media and international current events into the classroom in an educational and effective lesson plan.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound near Salem Rd

IN BRIEF: Two left lanes are closed on I-20 EB at Salem Road due to crash; one overturned vehicle. Additional crash at same location, according to Conyers Police. http://t.co/CVU0dfOD3m

May 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford police chief to be honored

The only Oxford police officer to be killed in the line of duty will be honored for his service on Monday.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flint Hill Elementary makeover

Airport Road improvements at Flint Hill Elementary School gained the go-ahead vote to make accessing the school easier and safer at the May 15 Newton County Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Thankful thoughts

Sitting in a conference room at Alcovy High School, joking about cereal and favorite actors, two students graduating with the school's top honors seem to have the perfect combination of youthfulness and maturity.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Avoid I-20 this weekend

Drivers are again asked to avoid using I-20 eastbound in Rockdale and Newton counties, unless they want to risk getting stuck in long delays.

May 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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