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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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It's time to enter Hometown Christmas Parade

Entries are being accepted for the Hometown Christmas Parade, which will be held downtown at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schools facing budget cuts for 2011-2012

Projected revenue losses for next year have the Newton County School System looking to trim $4.6 million to $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget, according to a release today from Superintendent Gary Mathews.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights sign and junk to be removed

Curtis Goss has removed many of the junk vehicles that littered his small lot at the corner of Puckett and Laseter streets, and residents say it's about time, though they wonder when it will be fully cleared.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Helping the CPD

The Police Who Care: Dr. Doug Gilreath of Covington First United Methodist Church presented Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton with a check for $750 for the "Police Who Care Fund." The money was collected during the Fuzz Run Weekend at the spaghetti lunch and dinner held at the church. The meal was free but donations were accepted.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live nativity

The coming of Christ: Covington First United Methodist Church will present a Live Nativity from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the church, 1113 Conyers St. Nativity and Christmas music will be played at the event. The Live Nativity is partnering with activities on the Downtown Square to open the holiday season with the Lighting of the Historic Courthouse and Candlelight Shopping.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Assembling the All Star Team

Ready for the big day: The Newton Rams All-Star Team, composed of the top 5 and 6-year-old players in Newton County, will play their first game on Nov. 19.

November 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The queen of clean

A sweet sendoff: Many of the county's most prominent faces, and cute ones, showed up to give Connie Waller a proper send off Friday at the Newton County Administration Building. Waller worked at the county for 28 years promoting recycling and litter reduction; she helped form Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful and served as its executive director for many years. Waller retired after suffering a stress-related heart attack and is looking forward to taking life easy for a while.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Child attacked by raccoons released from hospital

The infant that was attacked in her crib by two raccoons was released from the hospital.

November 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thornton denied motion for new trial

Convicted murderer Courtney Courtmentez Thornton was denied his motion for a new trial earlier this month by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Environmental steward retires

Connie Waller thought she was doing everything right. She ate a diet loaded with organic vegetables, exercised regularly and was productive at work. Turns out she was a little too productive.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hannah Thomas celebrates CD release tonight

Covington area singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas has a new CD out, "Acoustic Sessions."

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA looks to rezone 160 acres heavy industrial

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Industrial Development Authority to annex 160 acres of county residentially-zoned land along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road and rezone it to city heavy industrial.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cities finalize SPLOST requests

The county and its five municipalities have been trimming millions from their SPLOST lists, but more than $100 million in county requests and $21.5 million from the municipalities remain.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board votes to hold off on naming new elementary school until December

The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in Feb. fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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