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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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County to hold SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

Newton County residents will vote next year on whether to approve a special local option sales tax that would last until 2015.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 28

Trisha Baker, a four-year survivor of breast cancer, will have her portrait, along with approximately 55 other breast cancer survivors' portraits, featured on the square this Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Portraits of Hope portion of the Pink on the Square event as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 28, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


SPLOST meeting to be held 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Courthouse

In 2011, the first time in five years, Newton County residents will vote on whether to have another special local option sales tax. However, before a ballot is formed, the Newton County Board of Commissioners must select a list of projects to put to a referendum.

September 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman dies in wreck Sunday evening

A Covington woman died and two people were injured in a two-car collision Sunday evening on Georgia Highway 20 at Buckingham Drive.
Kayla Quinnisha Ward, 20, was killed in the wreck, which occurred about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
It was raining at the time and the driver apparently lost control of the car, according to Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis. Ward died at the scene of blunt force injuries suffered in the wreck, Davis said.
According to the State Patrol:
Ward was southbound in a Honda Accord and attempted to pass another vehicle ...

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security hearing office recently opened in Covington, and had its grand opening today at 10 a.m. at the office, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road next to Patrick's and across from the Indian Creek Golf Course. Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue gave brief remarks at the event.

September 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oak Hill, Ga. 212, called ‘death trap,’ to get traffic light

A traffic light is still coming to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, but it might not be completed until September 2011.

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to install the traffic signal; the money comes from previously allocated federal stimulus money. Chairman Kathy Morgan said in a Thursday e-mail that the contract calls for completion prior to Oct. 1, 2011.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The menace of Cyber Bullying

When Leslie first moved to Newton County from her small Midwestern hometown, her biggest concern was leaving the friends she had grown up with. She never guessed that finding friends here would be as much heartbreak as it has turned out to be.

"I have zero friends," the 15-year-old, whose last name was withheld to protect her from further bullying, said in a telephone conversation earlier this month. "And it's not like I had these friends and we got into a fight or anything. I just have never had them here. Kids make fun of everything about me."

September 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ride for the CURE

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


USDA announces surveys

Over the next two months, vegetable growers in the United States will have the opportunity to provide first-hand information on their production practices when they participate in the Vegetable Chemical Use Survey, conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

"This survey will give 160 Georgia vegetable producers the opportunity to explain how they use agricultural chemicals and manage pests to produce a safe, high-quality food supply," said Doug Kleweno, director of the NASS Georgia Field Office. "The data will help support the policies and programs that protect the health ahnd safety of agriculture producers, workers and consumers alike."

September 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 27

The Eastside High School Marching Band provided music during halftime of Friday night's game against Spalding as the homecoming court was introduced on the field.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 26

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, held its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 25

Nancy East was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of Eastside High School's Friday night game against Spalding.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 25, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb police helicopter crashes at Covington airport

A DeKalb County Police Department helicopter crashed and caught fire about 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Covington Municipal Airport.

According to Capt. Rob Christopher of the Covington Fire Department, two DeKalb County officers were working on maneuvers when the helicopter crashed. The officers sustained minor injuries and were transported to Atlanta Medical Center

September 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the day - Sept. 24

A Bricton Farm cow takes a break from eating to curiously look at the camera Friday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 24, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Defendants in Nichols murder case go to court

Security was enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center Thursday because of motion hearings for several men accused on multiple charges in the murder of Andrew Nichols late last year.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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