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GPTC students awarded gold, silver & bronze medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE: first public hearing on '15 millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Woman who left son in car wins custody

A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.

July 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Restriping to close I-20 EB lanes this weekend

After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.

July 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arrest made in Newton Co murder

A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.

July 10, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Film coming to Covington needs extras

Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.

July 09, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO conducting internal investigation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.

July 09, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Police look for hit and run driver

Conyers police are asking for the public's help finding a hit-and-run driver who left a man seriously injured on Interstate 20 early Sunday, July 6.

July 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Happenings around Newton County

Moore Street resurfacing construction finished

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Organizer: Fireworks bigger, better in 2015

Mayor Ronnie Johnston estimates that up to 10,000 people watched Saturday's Fourth of July fireworks show, with as many as 2,000 packed into Covington's Square. Monday night, Johnston and the city council credited Robert Foxworthy for making it possible.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Yellow River to be established as official water trail

Kayakers and Porterdale residents alike should soon be able to call the river running through their town an official water trail.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Grade-level CRCT scores released

School- and grade-level Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education Tuesday, showing positive increases in both elementary and middle school results for the 2013-2014 school year.

July 08, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NCSO to hold annual school supply drive

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Washington Street Community Center, the Salvation Army and the A.K.A. Sorority Inc. for its Annual Back to School Supply Drive.

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Camp Meeting schedule

Friday, July 11

July 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City to consider fire code options

Old buildings might not meet new fire codes. But city officials are considering ways to ensure that doesn't mean those buildings have to close their doors.

July 08, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Ga. State Patrol warns of summer heat dangers

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers this week that now is the time to make sure your vehicles are ready for the summer driving season. Col. Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said that as temperatures rise across the state, Georgia State Troopers see an increase in the number of vehicles with mechanical problems on Georgia roads each year.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Governor’s Office gets grant to help CLASS

The Newton County Juvenile Court received a $75,000 state grant to set up a daytime educational program to help reform suspended students by changing behavior and keeping them out of trouble.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rotarian of the year

Service recognition: Covington Rotary Club President Doug Bolton, right, presents club member Jim Tudor with the local Rotarian of the Year Award.

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honored for their work

The Covington auxiliary of the local Lodge 1806, the Elkadettes, had the largest group in the state to attend the recent convention of the Elks. The convention was held June 4 through June 7 in Jekyll Island. The auxiliary also won several awards, including being honored for its work with the Conyers Elks-Aidmore Children's Home. Attending the convention and pictured are (front row) Audrey Owens, Anita Denny, Eleanor Haney (back row) Debbie Woodruff, Peggy Lassiter, Miriam Wheeler, Peggy Hudgins, outgoing State Auxiliary President Ruth Hall, Covington Auxiliary President Patricia Pippin and Miriam Hall. Not pictured but also attending the ...

July 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lovejoy UMC women make caps for chemotherapy patients

The women of Lovejoy United Methodist Church have begun a service project to assist those who have been affected by cancer.

July 05, 2009 | Molly Lundy | LOCAL


'Be There' program encourages parents to become involved

Parental involvement has always been stressed by the Newton County School System, but board members are looking at a way to encourage parents even more by considering the adoption of a program called "Be There."

July 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington passes $120M budget

The City of Covington didn't face a budget crisis like Newton County, but it did share in the new experience of having to significantly cut back expenses after years of burgeoning growth.

July 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for lying about gunpoint robbery

A woman who reported that she had been robbed at gunpoint was later arrested for false statements last Friday.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fight after fishing lands man in jail

Near midnight on June 20, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Emory Street in reference to an open line 911 call and ended up arresting a man for battery.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham pleads guilty to giving false statements to BOE

The case against Don Gresham ended Thursday morning in court when he accepted a negotiated guilty plea.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - July 3

o John Kennedy Bell, 22, 75 Shadowbrook Road, Covington, June 19. Driving while license suspended or revoked (first offense), felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, alteration of license plates, improper license plate.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn one of 9 to reach finals for high court

Alcovy Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is one step closer to becoming a Georgia Supreme Court Justice, after he beat out 29 other candidates to become one of nine finalists. The Governor's Office released its short list Wednesday after the Judicial Nominating Commission finished interviewing the original 38 finalists.

July 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents help homeless in D.C.

Members of Rainbow Covenant Church and Ministries decided that helping the homeless in Newton County wasn't enough, so they traveled to Washington, D.C., to help the homeless there.

July 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Barnes dies in prison

Lanny Perry Barnes, the man convicted of killing 2-year-old Avery Nicole King in 2006, died June 24 at Augusta State Medical Prison - nearly three years to the day when the attack on the Casola and King families took place outside the McDonald's restaurant on U.S, Highway 278.

July 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC sends students to D.C.

Snapping Shoals EMC is sending two local students from its service area to Washington D.C., as part of the Washington Youth Tour. The two students for 2009's tour are Marilyn Dyess and Mack Parnell. SSEMC sends students to the U.S. capitol for the program annually.

July 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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