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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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Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Diversity drives Newton’s growth

The 2010 Census results were unsurprising for Newton County and the rest of the region east of Atlanta, with four major trends:

March 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cushman: Focus on creating virtues for Lent

The Lenten season is a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation.

March 20, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | LOCAL


Relay for Life kicks off in Oxford

Starting the season: The 2011 Relay for Life season kicked off in Oxford Saturday morning with dozens of people showing up for a variety of money-raising activities. Events included a walk/run event, musical performances, a motorcycle rally and ride, and other events for children.

Proceeds from all Relay for Life events go to the American Cancer Society. According to the AMC website, the next Relay team meeting will be held at Eastside High School on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

March 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2012 transportation SPLOST in works

Newton County's SPLOST is set for the next six years, but the sales tax debate isn't going anywhere as the state prepares to overhaul transportation funding by paying for projects through an additional 1 percent sales tax.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman has stake in Vampire Diaries convention

Vampires continue to roam Covington, and local Jessica Lowery is making a killing. Profit wise that is; no wooden stakes are involved. At least, she didn't mention any.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - March 20

A No Spend Weekend is exactly what it sounds like, friends. It means not one single penny leaves your wallet via cash or credit for an entire weekend. No frappuccinos, no sticks of gum, no nothin'! Don't think you can do it? Get the whole family on board and you'll be amazed by how much you save.

March 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Why SPLOST passed and what that means

The 2011 SPLOST election on Tuesday turned out just about how officials thought it would, with a narrow victory.

March 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Murder trial of Cobey Lakemper continues

The first day of the murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper was an emotional one, but day two was all about the science of a murder investigation.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 2010 Census numbers released

Newton County's population is 99,958, growing by more than 61 percent during the previous decade, according to information released today by the U.S. Census.

March 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trial Calendar, Judge Benton (Beginning April 18)

o Antonio Bell: felony kidnapping, felony robbery by intimidation, felony false imprisonment, felony terroristic threats, misdemeanor hindering emergency telephone call.

March 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emotional start to Lakemper murder trial

The death penalty trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper began Thursday afternoon and emotions ran high, with tears shed on both sides of the case.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man found naked, beaten

Covington police said a man found early today bleeding and naked at a fast food restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 told them that he had been beaten and robbed.

March 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police arrest man for sex crimes

A Cumming man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly masturbating on a webcam with an undercover investigator that he believed to be a middle school-aged girl.

March 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment rate dips

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly last month.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the rate fell to 10.2 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in January. Georgia's jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in February 2010.

March 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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