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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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Social Circle in Top 10 GA cities for young adults

Georgia's "Greatest Little Town" recently gained big-name status as one of the best cities in Georgia for young adults looking to relocate after graduating.

May 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Worldly conquests

Newton High School's valedictorian and salutatorian represent a range of interests and academic paths, but they both blazed their way through high school and are knocking on a dorm door.

May 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Last week to vote early

This is the last week for early voting before the 2014 Primary Election Tuesday, May 20.

May 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Donors sought to develop Legion Field

The Covington City Council wants to turn Legion Field into a public park and entertainment center, and it wants the creation of the park to be a community-wide project.

May 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Serving gas, winning awards

Social Circle, along with Covington and Madison, was honored for its partnership to serve natural gas to Stanton Springs.

May 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Older American’s Month in Newton County

Newton County's senior citizens are in the spotlight in May for Older Americans Month, and Newton County Senior Services is hosting multiple events to provide education on topics and provide a good time.

May 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Sunday car show to aid son of fallen firefighter

County officials continue to rally around the son of a recently fallen Newton County firefighter.

May 13, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


Newton Co. closing in on two industries

Business activity is picking up in Newton County as eight industries, totaling 2,000 jobs, are considering locating in Newton County, industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said Friday.

May 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield Elementary School (video)

Mansfield Elementary School plants tree in memory of Newton County school bus driver Barbara Schemmel

May 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Celebrating Newton's Special Olympics

The 2014 Newton County Special Olympics officially kicked off Monday at Sharp Stadium, showering its athletes with adoration with the opening Parade of Athletes.

May 10, 2014 | Matt Smith | LOCAL


Michelle Nunn visits Porterdale

Michelle Nunn, widely expected to be the Democratic candidate for the vacant U.S. Senate seat this November, stopped by Porterdale Sunday for a fundraising event.

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


VIDEO: Jason Carter speaks in Newton

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter gave the keynote speech at the Newton County Democratic Party's Paint the Town Blue Affair, a fundraising dinner.

May 10, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Crowell Road I-20 interchange could get fix in 2016

The Crowell Road I-20 interchange can confuse drivers because there are two stoplights – the one for the I-20 ramp and the one for the Access Road – separated by barely 100 feet, and it's led to some traffic backups and safety issues over the years.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County hires grant writing firm

Newton County officials hope to get more state and federal money next year after hiring a grant writing firm.

May 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau is NCSS Partner of the Year

NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey (far left) and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall (far right) presented the Newton County Farm Bureau, represented by Crystal Powell-Hyatt and Keith Mitcham, with the Partner of the Year award at the Partners in Education breakfast May 7 for working the Middle Ridge Elementary School, represented by Principal Michael Forehand (second to right).

May 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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