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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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Several people arrested, more wanted for fraudulently obtaining federal funding

Maureen Francois and Lamonitrias Smith have been arrested and six more people are wanted in Newton County for fraudulently obtaining federal funding for affordable housing.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 1

The Lady Tigers get a pep talk before beginning their second set against Ola in Tuesday evening's volleyball match.

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

September 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested after threatening to cut the throat of ex-wife's boyfriend

A Covington man was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly threatening to cut the throat of his ex-wife's current boyfriend.

September 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jim Marshall holds town hall meeting in Porterdale

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited the city of Porterdale Friday to hold a town hall meeting to field questions from concerned citizens. Marshall has been on a town hall meeting tour in the last couple of months as he seeks reelection in November.

He began the meeting explaining the critical nature of the current economic climate.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Review: Last Exorcism livens up fall movie doldrums

August is B-movie month, where movie studios' leftovers are rolled into the multiplexes, giving us rubbish like "Pirahna 3D," "Vampires Suck" and last week's "The Switch." "The Last Exorcism" is no exception. What's surprisingly different about this late summer horror flick is it actually tries to make you think.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


A new hope for Nelson Heights

As he snipped the red, celebratory ribbon, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially opened the Nelson Heights Community Center, completing a dream several years in the making.

"Most people know that even though it's been appointed as being my idea, it's not. It's really your idea," Henderson told the assembled crowd that packed the new center. "When we first started thinking about the 2005 SPLOST, we wanted to go out to people who lived in the community and ask for your ideas, your opinions. What do you want? What's your vision?"

September 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Aug. 31

Newton High School's Markea Sheppard smacks the ball to centerfield during Monday evening's softball game against Grayson.

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

August 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Fire department budget doesn’t allow for promised pay increases

Some firefighters are wondering if a 2 percent pay increase promised for becoming EMTs will ever happen. According to the county fire chief it will, but not until the county fire has more money budgeted for the department.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lendmark, BB&T donate more than $6,000 to shelter

The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter aims to be Covington's safety net, the place that prevents those who have lost everything from falling through society's cracks.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No honor among alleged thieves

A woman whose car was overheating thought she was being assisted by three good samaritans Tuesday morning. Instead, those three are accused of stealing her cell phone.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community center at Nelson Heights celebrates grand opening today

The grand opening of the long-awaited Nelson Heights Community Center will take place today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, located at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FBI releases report on BB&T Bank Robbery

ATLANTA-Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian D. Lamkin, FBI Atlanta, requests the assistance of the public in identifying and locating the individual believed to be responsible for the following armed bank robbery at Covington, Georgia:

August 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for terroristic threats for behavior at church

A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after statements he made and behavior he exhibited at First United Methodist Church in Covington caused several people to become concerned.

August 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


News deliverywoman to retire after 36 years

One of Newton County's most loyal delivery drivers will be making her final run this Sunday.

August 27, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Nuclear knowledge

The nuclear power-producing Plant Vogtle is surprisingly calm for the middle of a weekday, a constant hum providing a static backdrop. There's fairly little activity, though a number of bullet-proof guard towers and a barbed wire fence exterior belie the apparent serenity.

August 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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