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'Burn building' to help train firefighters

Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.

July 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Shane Millwood to play benefit concert in August

Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Have we lost our minds?!

Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!

July 10, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arrest made in Newton Co murder

A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Film coming to Covington needs extras

Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.

July 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO conducting internal investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.

July 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police look for hit and run driver

Conyers police are asking for the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who left a man seriously injured on Interstate 20 early Sunday, July 6.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Happenings around Newton County

Moore Street resurfacing construction finished

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organizer: Fireworks bigger, better in 2015

Mayor Ronnie Johnston estimates that up to 10,000 people watched Saturday's Fourth of July fireworks show, with as many as 2,000 packed into Covington's Square. Monday night, Johnston and the city council credited Robert Foxworthy for making it possible.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Yellow River to be established as official water trail

Kayakers and Porterdale residents alike should soon be able to call the river running through their town an official water trail.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Grade-level CRCT scores released

School- and grade-level Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education Tuesday, showing positive increases in both elementary and middle school results for the 2013-2014 school year.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Martin challenges Whatley for council

Ronald Martin says he wants to bring another fiscally conservative voice to the Covington City Council and will challenge Mike Whatley for the Post 2 East council seat.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Atlanta school super apologizes

ATLANTA - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall apologized Friday to the people of Atlanta and their children for "any shortcomings," but says the educators involved in the district's cheating scandal bear the "moral responsibility."

July 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested in grandma beating

Officers on their way to a family fight found the offender lying in the middle of the road screaming.

July 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stocks plunge on weak hiring

WASHINGTON - Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month, raising doubts that the economy will rebound in the second half of the year.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Athens teen dies of pellet gun injury

ATHENS - The family of 15-year-old Jose Antonio "Tony" Rivera is donating the organs of the teen, who died after an accidental shooting left a pellet lodged in his brain.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Library will get reduced state funding

Update, Friday, 11:37 a.m.: The Newton County Library System will get state money this year, though that funding will be 16 percent less than last year.

July 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed by train in Douglas County

LITHIA SPRINGS - Authorities say a man lying on railroad tracks has been struck by a train and killed near Lithia Springs in Douglas County.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The history of the Campmeeting

This year's Salem Campmeeting, spanning July 8 to 15, will be the 183rd gathering of the faithful at the grounds off Salem Road for a time of spiritual renewal, revival and camaraderie.

July 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Listen to the animals talk

These days we don't use an alarm clock. Instead, we are shocked into consciousness by the frantic scratching by one of the cats at the bedroom door or the muffled whimper of Sonny the Border Collie, ready for us to get up and relieve him from the overnight company of the kitties. (We finally booted them out of the bedroom when their sleep patterns - mostly nonexistent - didn't match ours.)

July 08, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Newton residents receive $2,300 in disaster assistance

Newton County residents received $2,300 in disaster assistance following the county being declared a major disaster area on April 29.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC annual meeting is July 21

Snapping Shoals EMC's 2011 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Thursday, July 21, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road being repaired for new school

Flint Hill Elementary is scheduled to open Aug. 4, but Airport Road needs several improvements before it will be able to handle approximately 1,935 vehicles per day, including dozens of buses.

July 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight between brothers involved hammer

Two brothers were arrested after a fight involving a girl ended in blows, and with one brother wielding a hammer.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Armed robber dies

The man who shot himself after allegedly robbing a drug store on Wednesday died this morning.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fight over man ends in arrest

An argument over a man ended with the arrest of a 22-year-old woman for aggressive driving.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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