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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on ...

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


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Court to hold parents accountable

Newton County is kicking off a program that has become a popular alternative to jail for Georgia parents who are behind on their child support responsibilities.

January 15, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


BBB tells scam of the year

The Better Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year, and this past year launched two websites to help consumers figure out which offers are real and which ones are possibly frauds:

January 15, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Parents join brawl at Alcovy bball game

What should have been a Saturday enjoying basketball games turned into a fight at one high school and an all-out brawl at another school.

January 15, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Hospital budget back in the black

For the first time since the 2008 calendar year, after years of budget deficits, Newton Medical Center finally expects to get back into the black thanks to increasing revenues and virtually no increase in expenses.

January 15, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Local piano tuner gets training tune-up

Most piano owners are aware that their piano should be tuned every so often (every six months according to most piano manufacturers). They may not be aware, however, that pianos require other services such as regulation and voicing in order for the instrument to perform at its maximum potential.

January 15, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Flying the All American

Mention All-American in Tuscaloosa or the remotest corner of Alabama and you'll hear names like running back Eddie Lacy or quarterback A.J. McCarron, two of the numerous young athletes instrumental in the Crimson Tide's most recent National Championship. Another young athlete, by every definition an All-American and 23 years old at the time, flew into aviation history on Feb. 1, 1943 as pilot of the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber named All-American.

January 15, 2013 | Pete Mecca | Local


Annual MLK awards, celebration next Sunday

The annual 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Program will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Porter Memorial Auditorium at Newton High School.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Covington resident named to Leadership Ga.

Michael Geoffroy, partner in LaMalva, Geoffroy & Oeland PC, has been named to the Leadership Georgia class of 2013.

Leadership Georgia is a prestigious 40-year-old organization of community and state leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state. Past participants include a number of influential state and national leaders ranging from former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn to University of Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley.

January 12, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


BOC chair has to cast tie-break vote

The Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting with its newly elected board members on Thursday night had its moments of controversy as the board disagreed over who to appoint to the Joint Development Authority and new Chairman Keith Ellis had to cast a tie-breaking vote in his first meeting.

January 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Newton reps in favor of lobbyist limits

The Georgia legislature is considering a couple of different measures to tighten lobbyist rules, and the state representatives for Newton County are in support of the efforts.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Kimble: Project portfolios wins highest percent increase

What an incredible, exhausting, exhilarating week!

We made a list and we checked it twice. (Or maybe 12 or 13 times.)

January 12, 2013 | Terri Kimble | Local


Eastside High opens ‘Footloose’ play

Next week, the Eastside High School Drama Department will present "Footloose." The show will open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday evening, followed by another performance on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

"Footloose" is a musical about the young and spunky Ren McCormack, a Chicago native who has been forced by his mother to relocate to the small town of Bomont. When he arrives in Bomont and enrolls in school, he quickly learns from his classmates that dancing of any kind is outlawed within city limits. "Footloose" will ...

January 12, 2013 | Hayley Williams | Local


Celebrating 127 years of worship

Early Hope Ministries is looking to change lives and teach the message of Christ to everyone in the community and has done so for more than 100 years with its five generations of members.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


County approves several board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting of the year on Thursday.

Though the meeting became controversial as the board had a split decision on who should be appointed as the citizen representative to the Joint Development Authority, the board unanimously approved several other appointments to a number of boards that would represent the county.

January 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


New NHS on schedule

The replacement school for Newton High is beginning to resemble the finished product. While it might be several more months before students enter those hallowed halls, work on the school is right on schedule.

The 117.7 acres on Crowell Road north is a few miles from the current NHS. Construction began in spring 2011 and the school is scheduled to open officially at the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Newton County Board of Education accepted the low bid of $42,603,500 for the construction of the replacement for NHS. Part of the current five-year facilities plan ...

January 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


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