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Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Theater dreams

Shante Ragin first caught the acting bug when she was just 8 years old at a summer drama camp. Now, she and her husband Kevin have decided to share their passion by opening the Dramatic Arts Productions Theater in Covington, offering not only acting classes, but also first-rate productions, like the one currently playing, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol."

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Asst. Chief ADA leaves

Newton County Chief Assistant Distract Attorney Anne Kurtz has left the Alcovy Judicial Circuit for the Attorney General's Office Medicare Fraud division.

December 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Outgoing BOC members honored Tues.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold a reception to honor BOC Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming.

December 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sheriff’s toy run collects 155 toys

The Newton County Sheriff's Office collected 155 toys, as well as money to purchase more, during their 14th annual toy run Saturday.

December 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accused sex offenders caught in Fla.

The two accused sex offenders on the run have been caught in Florida, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Tyrone Oliver.

December 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Win $1,500 in restaurant gift certificates

The Kiwanis Club of Covington is hosting its annual Christmas season raffle and this year, the winner will get around $1,500 worth of gift certificates from local restaurants.

The 2012 Restaurant Roundup Raffle is new this year, but club members have been soliciting donations from restaurants around the county and so far, around 30 restaurants have agreed to participate.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two roads to see drainage improvements

County officials at their Dec. 4 board meeting approved a new fee proposal for design of alignment and drainage improvements to Livingston Lane and Veal Road.

County engineer Tom Garrett made the recommendation to the board to replace the existing purchase order with Hatch Mott McDonald, which has a remaining balance of $135,759.06, with a purchase order to Moreland Altobelli Associates in the amount of $87,687.80.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


‘River of Words’ contest winners

"River of Words" poetry and art contest winners were recognized by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

The contest, which is sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, required local students to create art or poetry that must feature water.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A holiday classic

The Arts Association of Newton County continued its holiday tradition Saturday with its annual production of "The Nutcracker" at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Dancers let the audience's imagination take over as they led them through the fields of battle, the land of snow and finally into the land of sweet in the classic holiday favorite.

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County OKs Baxter loan

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a resolution and intergovernmental agreement for a $5.9 million GEFA loan that will help to fund a wastewater pretreatment facility for Baxter International.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


CPD earns eighth accreditation award

The Covington Police Department has earned its eighth accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. The award was presented at the recent conference held in Jacksonville, Fla. The program has 480 standards and the department is required to meet all applicable standards. The department was the first agency in Georgia to be accredited in 1985 and the 10th in the nation. Of the original 10 agencies, only four have remained accredited.

During the exit interview, the assessors said they were very impressed with the entire department and their obvious commitment to the accreditation process. CPD ...

December 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


911 Center receives third accreditation

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center has received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center attended the CALEA Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in November, where they received their Gold Standards accreditation, according to a release from the communications center.

December 08, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Festival of Trees raises $9,000

If this year's success is any indication, the annual Festival of Trees celebration is going to be a holiday mainstay in Covington for years to come.

December 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff's office hosts motorcycle ride Sat.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting its 14th annual Toy Run Motorcycle Ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Covington Kmart.

December 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shop with a Hero

Thirty-three local children received a special treat Thursday, after receiving gifts thanks to Walmart and the Covington Police Department, Newton County 911 Center, Georgia State Patrol and the Covington Fire Department during their annual Shop with a Hero event.

Previously called Shop with a Cop, this year expanded to include more city emergency workers.

December 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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