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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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Fatality motorcycle accident on Stone Road

A fatality accident involving a motorcycle occurred near the recycling center on Stone Road around 4:30 p.m.

November 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local communities to honor veterans on Thursday

Ceremonies will be held in Covington and Social Circle on Thursday to mark Veterans Day.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heroes by Happenstance

Two Snapping Shoals EMC employees are being honored for their bravery Monday by receiving Life Saving Awards from Georgia EMC. If not for Farron Head and Ken Ellington, two Newton County residents may have lost their lives this year.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Baby attacked by raccoons remains critical

A 9-month-old baby remains in critical condition and will have to receive rabies vaccinations after being attacked in her crib by two raccoons early Wednesday morning.

November 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Erosion and sediment control plan reviews protect Newton County’s environmental resources

The Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District strives to protect soil and water resources in Newton and Jasper Counties. While Jasper County remains predominantly rural, Newton County has become more urban in nature. Considering the potential environmental impacts from land disturbing activities to Newton County's streams and stream buffers and possible Federal Clean Water Act violations, a thorough review of the erosion and sediment control plans is important. The Newton County Board of Commissioners contracts with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission on behalf of the county and the soil and water conservation district to fund ...

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More filming projects looking at county

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

A horror movie is looking to film in Newton County's rural southern portion, an area that recently served as a desolate backdrop for the TV series "The Walking Dead", which is playing currently on AMC.

November 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A quiet day at the library

A novel way to spend a weekend: Saturdays are always nice, relaxing days at the Covington library.

November 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Classic hunter

A successful hunt: This spike was killed by Jeannine Marchesseau on Oct. 22 in Newton County. It was taken using a one-piece, self-made bow. The arrow was made of bamboo with a flint tip.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scouts’ service

The pack provides: Cub Scout Pack 163 from Shiloh United Methodist Church donated 2,018 cans to the food bank on Oct. 26. Top row (l-r): David Miller, Melvin Green, Tammy Laan, Greg Bryan, Debbie Kittle, Billy Kittle. Middle row: Christopher Kittle, J.D. Coltharp and Lee Chriswell. Front row: Matthew Hire, Cam Bryan, Jackson Mcintyre, Justin Jenkins and Gavin Mcann.

November 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man violates probation when found with gun

A 23-year-old man violated his probation and picked up a new charge late Thursday night after his probation officer reportedly caught him with a gun.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO receives COPS grant

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has received a grant that will allow them to hire two additional deputies and pay their salaries and benefits for three years, according to Sheriff Ezell Brown.

November 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two more film projects consider Newton County

Two more movie projects are looking at sites in Newton County as the area continues to be a hotbed for filming.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Roundabout on hold pending lighting installation

Construction is mostly complete on the Turner Lake Road roundabout project, but it will remain closed pending installation of streetlights.

November 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant remains in critical condition after attack by raccoons

The 9-month-old baby attacked by raccoons in her crib early Wednesday remains in critical condition. Authorities are investigating to see if the parents were keeping the animals as pets.

November 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn swears in son as lawyer

David Ozburn placed his left hand on the same Bible that his father did years ago and raised his right hand. Judge Samuel Ozburn then administered the lawyer's oath and welcomed his son into the legal profession.

November 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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