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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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Gov. to interview fifth judge final noms. on Dec. 14

Newton and Walton counties inched ever closer to getting a permanent fifth Superior Court Judge last week as Gov. Sonny Perdue scheduled interviews for the three finalists on Dec. 14.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Merry Christmas from Newton Medical Center

Christmas wishes: Six-month-old Ansley Grace Beam and her big brother 4-year-old Dayton Beam sat with Santa in the Newton Medical Center lobby Thursday evening. Ansley asked Santa for her two front teeth and Dayton asked for a little dog for Christmas.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Food fight

In an effort to fight hunger, General Mills is donating 4.4 million boxes of cereal to food banks around the nation, beginning in Covington.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


12-year-old killed while playing with gun

A 12-year-old boy was killed when a gun he was playing with accidentally went off Saturday evening.

December 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District 5 a growing area in a state of constant flux

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts, with the county commissioners as his guide, to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. In this fifth and final installment, Commissioner Tim Fleming, by far the county's youngest elected official, takes us on a tour of the second largest district.

December 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 4

This week's donors: James and Nan Bohannon, Fred and Teri Jones, Stephen and Mary Smith, Harry and Janice Curtis and BARD Medical Division.

December 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State seeks death penalty for Maldonado

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has announced that they intend to seek the death penalty for 22-year-old Pablo Fernando Maldonado, the man authorities consider the ringleader in the murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements.

December 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC wants new chamber contract

The Board of Commissioners decided they needed to see a new written contract, spelling out a budget and expectations, before they would commit to investing more money in the Chamber of Commerce.

December 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Christmas Parade around the corner, rain plan announced

Wonderful entertainment will begin the Lion's Club Christmas Parade festivities at 10 a.m. Saturday at the stage in front of the Historic Newton County Courthouse. Entertainment will continue until the first float arrives on the square around 11:10 a.m. Some Covington IDOL winners and the three Newton County high school marching bands will perform.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Polar Express comes to the county library

The fourth annual Polar Express Train Raffle held by the Kiwanis Club of Covington is currently on display at the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. This year's Polar Express train layout is the last one built by Kiwanis Club member and avid Lionel modeler and collector Richard Rawlins. The train and its layout will be on display in the Covington Branch Library's children's room until Thursday, Dec. 17, the date of the drawing. The raffle raises funds to support the Newton County Library System and the Kiwanis Club's Joe Croom Scholarship fund. Raffle tickets are ...

December 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary awards volunteers

Newton Medical Auxiliary members honored hospital volunteers at their monthly December meeting Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

December 02, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


City mourns Harris

Walker Harris, a mainstay in the local business community, died Sunday at the age of 88.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lack of jobs and amenities plague much of District 4

Commissioner J.C. Henderson takes his job as a representative seriously. He spends much of his day driving around District 4 talking to people in Covington and Oxford. As the only fully retired county commissioner, Henderson has the time to seek the pulse of his community on a daily basis.

December 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hunt still on for 2 in Taco Bell robbery

One man is behind bars and the search continues for two others who authorities say robbed the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 Saturday night.

December 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pillar of local business community dies

Walker Harris, former owner of the local Chrysler dealership has passed away. Visitation will be held at Caldwell and Cowen Funeral Home tonight from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The funeral for Walker Harris will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at First Baptist Church.

November 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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