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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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Man charged with bestiality

A 37-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with bestiality after several witnesses allegedly saw him having sexual intercourse with several horses.

June 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National FFA scholarship awarded to local student

The National FFA Organization recently awarded a $1,000 Rose Acre Farms scholarship to Jacquelyn Leissa, a graduate of Putnam County High School and formerly of Newton High FFA. Leissa plans to use the funds to pursue a degree in animal science at Berry College.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How to prepare your family for summer weather

Summer in Georgia brings camping trips, cookouts and afternoons by the pool. Unfortunately, the warm weather also brings severe storms and other heat-related hazards that can turn summer fun into summer threats.

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Affordable homes could be built in Walker’s Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority continues its efforts to remake Walker's Bend and has reached an agreement to sell 28 lots to private developer Affordable Equity Partners to build 32 single-family homes.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zombie sighted near Mansfield; residents urged to flee for lives

When the zombie apocalypse comes, even the small town of Mansfield might not be safe. Crews filmed for three days earlier this month along Highway 11, shooting footage for the pilot episode of "The Walking Dead," a six-episode series on AMC.

"The Walking Dead" is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics ; Kirkman is also helping produce the television series.

June 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officers take charge

Meet the officers: The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2010-2011 Officer Installation Ceremony June 17 at First Presbyterian Church of Covington. Officers are President - Ann Brooks; President-Elect - Mary Barnes; Vice President - Theresa Shields; Treasurer - Ann Phillips; Recording Secretary - Terry Ziemer; Corresponding Secretary; Directors - Cynthia Spearman, Sharon Leduc, Eleanor Scarborough. Pilot International is a global organization of executive, business and professional leaders working together to improve the quality of life in local communities and throughout the world. The Pilot Club of Covington, founded in 1958, has many projects to help the citizens of Covington and Newton County. They include holding ...

June 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Department of Driver Services announces dates of July closings

All Georgia Department of Driver Services licensing and testing centers will be closed on Saturday, July 3. Customer Service Centers statewide will reopen to serve customers on Tuesday, July 6th. (All DDS customer service centers statewide are always closed on Monday).
DDS Administrative Offices in Conyers - including the customer service telephone lines - will be closed on Friday, July 2. These administrative offices (and the contact center) will resume operation on Monday, July 5th.
The days following any closing are typically very busy days, so please plan ahead. DDS launched new hours of service statewide - opening earlier and staying later to ...

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire destroys home on Crowell Road

A home on Crowell Road between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20 was a complete loss after a fire Monday afternoon sent ferocious plumes of black smoke high into the air.

June 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fast thinking by citizen nabs three suspects in burglary

Fast thinking and keen observational skills by a neighbor nabbed three burglary suspects last week.
According to reports, a man called 911 around 1:48 p.m. June 16 and reported that three men were burglarizing a home off Dearing Road. The man reportedly gave excellent descriptions of the three suspects while speaking with dispatch operators as well.
Deputies arrived and after speaking with the witness put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for all three suspects. By the end of the day the men - 18-year-old Marcellus Nipple, 23-year-old Lorenzo Moore and 18-year-old Jelani Forde - had all been arrested ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man gets robbed after meeting woman from chat line

Two people were arrested in connection with a June 4 robbery that occurred after a man met up with a woman he spoke with on a chat line.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the man spoke with a female calling herself "Apple" on Quest Chat line, and after speaking with her for several days, set up a meeting at a clubhouse in the Neely Manor subdivision. When he arrived, she got into his car, and shortly thereafter two black males approached the vehicle, one pointing a gun, and demanded his belongings. The victim ...

June 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father knows best

Fathers carry a heavy load. For centuries, if not since the beginning, men have juggled the roles of manhood and fatherhood. Some fathers walk that carefully balanced walk; others simply fall off, most accepting themselves for what they are: men first, father second.

June 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Woman claims robbery to score more Xanax

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Wednesday morning after falsely reporting a robbery in order to get more prescription medication.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juvenile on probation beats mom, brother

A juvenile girl already on probation was arrested Wednesday after reportedly beating up her mother and brother.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Men break into Silos house, smash car windows

A group of men, armed with baseball bats and guns, forced their way into a Newton County home in The Silos around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Beer box stuck in car door tips off officer

An officer on patrol was alerted to a possible DUI early Thursday morning, after the driver of a Honda Civic Del Sol reportedly drove for several seconds with a Miller High Life box hanging outside his car door.

June 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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