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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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Breaking down the SPLOST

The Board of Commissioners continues to work toward putting together a 2011 SPLOST list to present to the voters at a March 15 referendum. Below are brief descriptions of all county-wide projects included on a proposal created by Commissioner Mort Ewing, which the board supported through informal consensus. The list and dollar amounts are subject to change, as the board will vote on a finalized list at its Dec. 21 meeting.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


“O Come Ya’ll To Covington”

An original community Christmas musical, "O' Come Y'all to Covington," will be staged at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Covington.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation department cuts seven

The Newton Recreation Commission cut seven part-time employees this week to save about $35,000 during the rest of the fiscal year and prevent a budget deficit.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


At Home with The Ramseys

Who: Sam and Becky Ramsey; Prince, purebred Maine Coon cat, and Miss Opal, pastel calico cat

December 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Cities make final SPLOST requests

Newton County's five cities made their final SPLOST requests Friday afternoon with little fanfare, though Mansfield, Oxford and Porterdale asked for additional monies above their pro-rate share.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Southern Folk Advent Saturday in Oxford

Traditional folk hymns of the South are combined with a modern liturgy and presentation of the Biblical Christmas story as Meridian Herald presents its 17th annual Southern Folk Advent at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Old Church at Oxford College.

December 03, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Festival of Trees tonight and Saturday, Twilights at Chimney Park on Sunday

You can see Santa and enjoy themed Christmas trees at the inaugural Festival of Trees at 6 tonight and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the event hall at 1138 Monticello St., next to Plain Nuts Catering.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman takes plea for vehicular homicide

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year pleaded guilty to second degree homicide by vehicle in Newton County Superior Court on Nov. 23.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District Attorney hires assistant DA

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has gained another assistant district attorney, Jillian R. Hall.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interesting ink

Michael Mills is a paraplegic, wheelchair marathoner and racer, but when most people pass him on the street, all they see is a heavily tattooed man. That attention is both a blessing and a curse.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Come join us for cider on the square tonight

The Covington News would like to invite everyone to come and join us for a cup of hot cider on the square this evening. We are set up directly across the street from Scoops in the former Teacher's Toolbox store.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced for vehicular homicide in 2009 death of child

A Newton County man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in connection with the death last year of a 6-year-old after the child was struck by his SUV.

December 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Legislator of the Year

State Sen. John Douglas was honored Tuesday as Legislator of the Year by Georgia firefighters and fire chiefs.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sex charges draw pleas from former professor

A former Georgia College and State University professor is awaiting court sentence after pleading guilty on Nov. 18 to charges of obscene Internet contact and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Woodlee’s Christian Academy

When John and Daisy Woodlee opened Woodlee's Christian Childcare Center on Old Salem Road in Conyers in 1970, they had no idea it would grow to be the school it is today.

December 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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