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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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Oxford City Clerk retiring

Oxford City Clerk Carol Poole is retiring, effective Feb. 28.

February 09, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Fleming hired by Secretary of State

Tim Fleming knows a thing or two about elections. He won the 2008 race for county commissioner and recently served as campaign manager to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who won his race last year.

February 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Highway memorials possible for fee

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation says it will permit signs along federal and state highways memorializing people killed in traffic accidents.

February 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Small aircraft maker considers Covington

A sporting aircraft manufacturer is considering a site near Covington's airport for a manufacturing plant.

February 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian tunnel closed

The Turner Lake Road pedestrian tunnel is closed as workers reseal and paint its walls. Sealants failed to adhere and paint was peeling so workers had to close the tunnel for sandblasting and reapplications of the materials, said Covington Transportation Manager Billy Skinner. Weather has delayed the work, which was supposed to have been completed by Feb. 4.

February 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


95-year-old rides a Harley for birthday

For her 95th birthday, Wynelle Wyatt didn't want jewelry, or a silk scarf, or anything quiet like that. The only thing she wanted was to ride Harley. And she got her wish.

February 07, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Injustice Served: Remembering Mr. Wright

The story of the 1965 R.L. Cousins team is as compelling if not more than the exploits of the 1964 state champion Rams. But it wouldn't be fair for me to tell it because I wasn't there. But 11 young man and one steady coach were. And so I felt it right to leave the storytelling to team captain Johnny Johnson, who is now a retired teacher and coach himself living in Pennsylvania.

February 07, 2011 | by Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


Sometimes righting a wrong takes longer than it should

In 1964, Covington residents embraced Ron Bradley and his freshly crowned state champion Newton County basketball team. Droves of Newton County residents poured out to honor him and the team on the square downtown. The team was showered with love and Bradley was presented with a brand new Plymouth station wagon. He and the Rams were on top of the world.

February 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wright was a beacon of light at a tumultuous time

On Tuesday, February 2, an icon of Newton County and a bulwark of Covington's African American community was laid to rest. Henry James Wright, III, Coach Wright, as he was affectionately called by all of those who had witnessed that contagious smile, felt the love and discipline that signaled that he truly cared and listened to his words of encouragement and followed the direction in which he attempted to channel each one of us is now departed. As a star passes out of our sight but it presence is indelible written in our memories.

February 07, 2011 | By Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week

1. Rethink the flower purchase. Everyone is going for the roses, so why not go with something unique and wonderful just for your honey? You can choose from white, peach, and pink in a variety of other (less expensive!) flowers that are sure to please because they come from YOU!

February 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


County to retain stake in Main Street

Newton County will not give up its half share in Main Street Covington, the non-profit organization that oversees development of Covington's downtown.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn mayor hit by car, is OK

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan was hit by a car last week, but managed to escape without any major injuries, he said Saturday.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeowners sought for Walker’s Bend

Covington is looking for homeowners for the Walker's Bend neighborhood as it continues efforts to revitalize the half-finished subdivision.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. will serve on Monday in place of Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias to hear the appeal in Brown et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1343) and McGinnis et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1345).

February 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The smile that doesn't stop

This story is the first in a series of Black History Month profiles The News will be featuring during February and also marks the beginning of our efforts to expand our video and multimedia coverage. Please visit covnews.com/reflections to see a video interview with James Hamm, owner of Town House Café. Look for an upcoming video interview and profile of community staples T.K. and Louise Adams.

February 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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