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Standing tall: Student overcomes brain injury

When CJ Heard sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in ninth grade, many may have thought it would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on school, athletics and any hopes of college.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woodlee’s Christian Academy to shut down

The private school located on Ga. Hwy 162 walked its final group of graduates this year as school directors made the difficult decision to close the school after four graduating classes.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield youth killed in dirt bike crash

A Mansfield youth died after being ejected from his dirt bike in Jasper County Thursday.

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


We ride to provide (video)

The annual "we ride to provide" was held in Porterdale Georgia Saturday.

June 06, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Pests, trash and mold found in hotel

Pests, dirty mattresses and no hot water were just a handful of complaints from guests of Covington Lodge, an extended stay hotel located at 9161 City Pond Rd in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Knee deep: School in the wetlands

From mud angels to learning about leaves, a group of area teachers and students gained hands-on experience in Georgia's wetlands to better their education and teaching abilities.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls in-home daycares, catering licenses

County officials are going to consider re-allowing in-home day cares and allowing caterers to serve alcohol in the county at special events, after two residents brought up the issues at the May 6 meeting.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The dance will go on

From the heartbreak and frustration recently surrounding the closing of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale and its owner's sudden cancellation of a dance recital and failure to refund fees finally came a bright note.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts 2015 budget

Even though summer just began, the people working behind the school scenes are ready for next year to begin with a full wallet, doling out more than last year to teachers and other public school employees.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Charges pending for dance studio owner

While some parents just want to move on and begin to heal from the sudden closing of Starbound Dance Studio, another group of parents feel they cannot do so until the receive retribution for money the studio's owner, Valerie Odom, as of yet, has failed to refund.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: Ringo processional

Covington Police Department's fallen K-9 Ringo will be escorted from the Porterdale Police Department to Covington Police Department today between 1:30-2 p.m.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More I-20 road work this weekend

The right lane of I-20 eastbound between mile marker 92-95 will be closed for bridge deck demolition and setting precast panels Sunday.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Severe storm advisory

Severe storms are blowing through the area tonight until 9:15 p.m. with winds and wind gusts of 40 mph.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Conyers ruptured gas line closed

UPDATE: The ruptured gas line has been shut off and residents and employees can now return to their homes and businesses, according to Conyers Police.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salvation Army to hose June 22 car show

The Covington City Council didn't have its regularly scheduled Monday meeting because it didn't have a quorum - the number of members needed to have a majority vote.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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County millage hike would save 52 jobs

Without a millage rate increase, Newton County would have to cut 52 employees, Chairman Kathy Morgan told the board of commissioners Thursday.

May 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle Lions raise $12K

On a hot day in June 1998, June 8 to be exact, Phil Peppers and a group of regular friends were enjoying the day doing what they did almost daily, playing golf at The Creek at Hard Labor. Peppers, a retired City of Atlanta police officer, had been a fixture in Social Circle, the Lions Club and had just recently been elected on the city council.

May 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


I-20 westbound traffic backed up starting at Sigman Road

(May 28, 3 p.m.) Traffic is backed up on Interstate-20 westbound from near the exit at Sigman Road until past the exit at Ga. Highway 138, as of 3 p.m. Drivers are advised to temporarily find alternate routes.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol tips for holiday weekend

Plan carefully, use caution, and buckle up are the recommendations from the Georgia State Patrol for a safe Memorial Day holiday weekend. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend ends at midnight May 30. Hitchens said traffic will be heavy throughout the weekend as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travel will add to normal weekend traffic. "We anticipate a busy weekend on Georgia roads," he said.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Search on for convenience store bandits

Investigators with the Newton Sheriff's Office are searching for two men who they say were involved in an armed robbery this morning.

May 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle preps for SPLOST

Social Circle is prepared to allocate its $3.1 million share of Walton County's proposed $60 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

May 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hitting the road? Fill up before you go

If you're ready to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, you may want to fill up before you leave Newton County.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Porterdale water, sewer rates to rise

Water and sewer rates are going up in Porterdale beginning July 1 to compensate for an increase in rates charged to the city by Newton County.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Three killed by falling trees in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA- Authorities say storms blowing through metro Atlanta toppled trees, killing at least three people and knocked out power to about 200,000 customers statewide.

May 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Porterdale Explorers looking for recruits

Porterdale youth have an opportunity to receive a jumpstart on a career path in law enforcement.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Pantries struggling to keep shelves stocked

As summer begins, Newton County food pantries are struggling to keep shelves full to provide for families in need.

May 26, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for north central Newton County and central Walton County until 7:15 p.m.

May 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


"American Pie" sequel to film at Newton High

Newton County continues to attract movies, as "American Reunion," the fourth installment of the "American Pie" movie series, is scheduled film at Newton High School July 5 through July 20.

May 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale work session tonight

Porterdale City Council will meet in a called work session at 6:30 p.m. today in City Hall.

May 26, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


County to discuss budget gap tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark Street, Covington.

May 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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