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New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Honoring fallen K9s

The eighth annual K9 memorial was held Saturday in Porterdale Georgia. This event which honors fallen police dogs is hosted by "we ride to provide" A nonprofit organization founded by Holly Cripps this event which pays tribute to an officers K9 partner started in 2009. Officers and public from all over the nation filled the old gym in Porterdale Saturday. Highlights from this event included a K9 handlers and officers from Switzerland as well as a helicopter flyover provided by The Gwinnett and Dekalb County Sheriffs Office.

March 07, 2016 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Newton Trails hosts Everybody Walk Newton walks Community walks to benefit health, mind and soul

Newton Trails is hosting a series of community walks exploring health, safety, community-building and economic benefits of trails in Newton County.

March 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sorority alumni running collection for a cause

The Newton County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta alumnae is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of March to raise funds for organization's outreach programs.

March 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington puts love in award-winning chili seasoning

Clyde and Sherri Hutchison, creators of the Covington-based Backyard Safari, were named finalists in the UGA Taste of Georgia designation for Clyde's white bean chili recipe.

March 06, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


VanNess: Senate approves Van Ness sponsored bill

This week the Georgia General Assembly hit an important deadline, Crossover Day. All of the bills which originated in either the House or the Senate are now seeking the approval of the opposite chamber. The Senate voted and approved almost 50 different bills to send to the House on legislative days 29 and 30. There is much more work to be done in the remaining nine legislative days and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we debate and vote on important legislation.

March 06, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Jeffares: Only nine days left in legislative season

Crossover Day is now behind us as we wrap up days 30 and 31 of the 2016 legislative session. We had a short week, but that didn't stop us from passing a significant amount of legislation. We are also eager to begin working our way through bills passed out of the House, a task that will keep us busy for the rest of the session.

March 06, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House sent 50 bills to Senate on Crossover Day

Crossover Day was very long this year as the House passed nearly 50 bills. Unfortunately, most of those bills will probably not clear the Senate as they simply do not have enough time in 10 days to do the work we have done over the last 30 days. The Founding Fathers made it hard, not easy, to pass bills - in the hope that the laws we create will be good ones.

March 06, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton Fire Chief to be recommended to BOC

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is being recommended to hire Jeffrey L. Monroe, of Five Points, Alabama, as the county's new fire chief.

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County faces $4,000 in fines for EPD violation

Newton County has to pay a $4,000 fine and meet a list of conditions detailed in a consent order by the Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD).

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lyons speaks on the future of Perimeter College

Georgia State Perimeter College's Newton Campus celebrated renewal this week in two ways.

March 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Blinder marketing seminar coming this week

Mike Blinder, author of the book Survival Selling and one of the world's leading digital marketing experts, is giving a seminar on the secrets for small to medium businesses in multimedia marketing Wednesday, March 9 from noon-1:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. at The Center, 2104 Washington Street, Covington.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC names new Solid Waste Authority board

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) named seven out of the eight members to the Solid Waste Management Authority (SWMA) Board of Directors Tuesday.

March 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Read across America comes to Porterdale Elementary

Students at Porterdale Elementary School celebrated Read Across America and the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Suess, thanks to the Newton High School Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team from Newton High School Wednesday.

March 02, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart murder suspects arraigned in Newton County Superior Court

Stephanie Maria Rodriguez and Brandon Shawn Smith, suspects in a murder at Walmart on Nov. 16, were arraigned in Newton County Superior Court on Wednesday morning. A pretrial date has been set for May 25.

March 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County chooses Trump, Clinton

Super Tuesday was a big day for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Newton County.

March 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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