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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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Plein Aire Paint Out

Splendid afternoon: Southern Heartland Art Guild recently held their annual Plein Aire Paint Out Picnic at the home of Susan and Bill Wahl in Social Circle. In addition to guild members from Newton County, art guilds from Madison and Monroe were among the invited guests. Artists set up easels, and Susan Adams, an instructor from Southern Heartland Gallery on the square, brought students from two of her oil painting classes - most of whom had never participated in this painting method.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


FSA targets funds for socially disadvantaged Ga. farmers

The Georgia State Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the availability of $9.5 million in direct loan funds for Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) individuals who want to purchase or operate a family-size farm in fiscal year 2010.

In Fiscal year 2009, which ended September 30, 2009, Georgia Farm Loan Programs made 116 direct SDA loans totaling more than $7.3 million.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett case ends in deadlocked jury

After more then five hours of deliberation that stretched into two days, a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision in the murder case against 19-year-old Jamaall Pridgett, resulting in a mistrial Thursday afternoon.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC denies group home request

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued its historical trend against approving permits for group homes that don't have full community support.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council: $30,000 too much for strategic planning

After everything was said and done, the city of Covington only spent $2,325 on the three-day elected officials' strategic planning retreat that took place in March.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bestowed blessings

Two weeks before Barbara Hunt was scheduled to retire she decided to get eyelid surgery on a droopy eyelid that had gotten worse as she aged. She never expected to be faced with a battle for her life.

April 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett case ends in mistrial

The murder case against Jamaall Pridgett ended in a mistrial. Jurors were unable to come to a unanimous verdict.

April 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Snapping Shoals EMC celebrates Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, Snapping Shoals EMC is raising awareness about the importance of nourishing a clean, sustainable environment by providing area elementary schools and educating customers about energy conservation. Planting trees encompasses the spirit of Earth Day, as it is a day for actions that enhance the environment and trees naturally help improve air quality, conserve water and save energy. All elementary schools that the co-op serves received a 6-foot Autumn Blaze Maple for planting on school grounds.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Oxford College to unveil solar-panel project

Oxford College will observe Earth Day by focusing on the sun. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at April 22 at 12 p.m. on the lawn of Lil's Dining Hall at Oxford College on Pierce and Wesley streets.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: First Solar Power being generated in Covington

Solar Power is now being generated in Covington for the first time in the city's history, just in time for Earth Day.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber to use eco-friendly water filtration system

Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce officials recently pledged to stop drinking and supplying bottled water, because, frankly, all that plastic is not good for the environment.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber Of Commerce says “yes” to shredding

Today, April 21, the Covinton-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsor member Newton Federal and member A Cut Above Shredding, will offer local residents and businesses the opportunity to bring documents for shredding and recycling at no charge.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


LNC asking community for food donations

The 2009-2010 class of Leadership Newton County, sponsored by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, is asking the community for assistance on a service project they have organized during the last week in April.

April 21, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival returns to Chimney Park May 1

Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library is being turned into a magical fairyland for the second annual "Fairy Houses at Chimney Park" from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. on May 1. Last year's debut event, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Newton Parks, drew some 1,500 attendees of all ages - many in winged costumes - to Chimney Park, a protected urban woodland right in Covington where plans are being made to create an outdoor park experience for people of all ages and abilities.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington not to pursue railroad purchase

The City of Covington will not purchase the Norfolk Southern railroad, nor have anything to do with it. The council voted 5-1 to end any city involvement in the purchase of the railroad. Councilwoman Janet Goodman was the only member opposed.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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