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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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New laws coming July 1

The start of the month marks the enactment date for a slew of new state laws in Georgia. Here's an update:Among the laws set to take effect July 1:

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Odds are good for rain for Tuesday

There's a 50-50 chance for rain after 2 p.m. today in Newton County, with the National Weather Service saying we could receive a quarter-to-half-inch of precipitation this afternoon.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Body of drown victim found in Lanier

BUFORD - The body of a 33-year-old swimmer missing in Lake Lanier has been found.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woodstock man dies in kiddie pool

WOODSTOCK - Police are investigating how a man died in a plastic kiddie pool outside a Woodstock home.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Atlanta Foster mom wins $300,000

ATLANTA - A longtime foster mother has won $300,000 from the Georgia Lottery.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - June 26

Take advantage of low cost fresh fruits and vegetables by freezing and canning now. Strawberries, peaches, and onions are all at their lowest price point, so you can store these for the coming fall and winter months when prices will increase. Be sure to follow proper guidlines for canning and freezing so you'll have high quality, safe foods to eat this winter. For more frugal living tips, visit www.OneFabulousMama.com.

June 26, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Celebrating Freedom

Newton County Events

June 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carter to shape policy for Georgia cities

Covington Mayor Kim Carter will have a major role in shaping public policy for Georgia's cities, after being named to the board of directors for the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Back 2 School Block Party needs sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the annual Back 2 School Block Party, which provides school supplies to needy students.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Search continues for Castillo killer

Nearly a month after his death and the search for the killer or killers of Manuel Samano Castillo continues.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CJ Orchards still peachy after 30 years

Taking a bite out of a peach from CJ Orchards is like biting into a water balloon; the explosion of flavor upon the first bite will send a sweet river of juices down your shirt.

June 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Comparing Covington's electricity costs

Covington uses profits from electricity sales to subsidize other government operations; that's no secret. But, how does that affect residents' bottom line, and do they pay more for power than other Georgians?

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trooper in fatal shooting back at work

The Georgia State Patrol trooper who shot and killed a man who was allegedly threatening his life is back at work.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rough Times

If you play The Oaks Course often enough, chances are you'll eventually run into Landon Cheek working in the pro shop. Cheek is a Newton graduate and currently a student at West Georgia.

June 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Man chokes woman after accident

A report of a car accident resulted in an arrest for simple battery and cruelty to children Tuesday afternoon.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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