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Back in session

Teachers and administration welcomed parents and students to an open house at Porterdale Elementary School Wednesday, July 30 from 5-7 p.m., meeting youngsters for the first time and welcoming returning students moving to the next grade. Faces full of smiles filled the halls, from pre-K classmates playing with toys to parents and principals introducing themselves and beaming about the new school year, which began this morning across the Newton County School System. "We're all aboard the train of excellence, and we have a committed staff to do that," said Lizzella Dodson, who has been Porterdale's principal for ...

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Construction during sales tax holiday

Parts of Newton County's stretch of Interstate 20 will close to traffic this weekend, one of just a handful of road construction projects underway statewide to not be shut down for the tax free weekend.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Woodard tabbed Morgan superintendent

A pillar in the Newton College and Career Academy was named as the only candidate for Morgan County Schools Superintendent Thursday.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


State releases school-level EOCT scores

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2014 school-level scores for End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing where each of the three high schools in Newton County improved, declined, passed the state or fell below Georgia average pass rates.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man shot at while taking out the trash

A Covington man was shot at while taking out the trash Tuesday.

July 30, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Indian Creek student drowns in Albany pool

A local middle school student drowned last week in Albany, Georgia, at a neighborhood pool.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


GPTC unveils new media program and facilities

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.

July 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready, set, teach!

Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County forms 2050 panel

After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City to vote on code alternatives

The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.

July 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Geocaching comes to Newton County

The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Fun on the Fourth in Oxford

Fourth festivities kicked off Monday with a parade in Oxford.

July 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two plead guilty in food stamp fraud

ATLANTA - Two former Georgia employees have pleaded guilty to stealing about $600,000 in food stamps.

July 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: A fun but safe Fourth

Marquel Peters was 4 years old when a celebratory bullet came through the roof of a church and killed him. If Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has anything to say about it, such a tragedy isn't going to happen in Newton County.

July 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Georgia Wine Tour

The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.

July 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


How Fireworks Work

When Covington celebrates our nation's independence with a fireworks display tonight, there will be an unseen choreographer dashing about coordinating the display. Here's what goes on behind the show. Click here for a guide to Covington's display and to other Fourth festivities in the area.

July 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eyesore of the week - July 3

Watch your step: This eyesore is located on Conyers Street. A reader commented on the rusty barbed wire near the street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

July 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local chorus in France for Fourth

The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

July 02, 2011 | By Jessica Smith news@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Financial aid back on for youth sports

Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GSP ticketing for seat belt violations

The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Check out the Fourth festivities

The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.

July 02, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Nuke project could exceed budget

ATLANTA - Georgia Power says building two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta could take longer and cost more than expected.

July 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


No charges in Savannah dog attack

SAVANNAH - Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed after two dogs attacked children on a Savannah playground last month.

July 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three hurt as Buford home explodes

BUFORD - An explosion early today left three injured and flattened a home in Buford.

July 01, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Summer enrichment

For nearly 30 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church's Youth Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program has provided Newton County children with valuable social and educational skills.

July 01, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Black Masons celebrate 131 years in Covington

Local black Masons celebrated their 131st anniversary in Covington Saturday, and Mayor Kim Carter proclaimed June 25, 2011, as Friendship Lodge 20 Day.

July 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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