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Woodlee’s Christian Academy to shut down

The private school located on Ga. Hwy 162 walked its final group of graduates this year as school directors made the difficult decision to close the school after four graduating classes.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield youth killed in dirt bike crash

A Mansfield youth died after being ejected from his dirt bike in Jasper County Thursday.

June 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


We ride to provide (video)

The annual "we ride to provide" was held in Porterdale Georgia Saturday.

June 06, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Pests, trash and mold found in hotel

Pests, dirty mattresses and no hot water were just a handful of complaints from guests of Covington Lodge, an extended stay hotel located at 9161 City Pond Rd in Covington.

June 05, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Knee deep: School in the wetlands

From mud angels to learning about leaves, a group of area teachers and students gained hands-on experience in Georgia's wetlands to better their education and teaching abilities.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls in-home daycares, catering licenses

County officials are going to consider re-allowing in-home day cares and allowing caterers to serve alcohol in the county at special events, after two residents brought up the issues at the May 6 meeting.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The dance will go on

From the heartbreak and frustration recently surrounding the closing of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale and its owner's sudden cancellation of a dance recital and failure to refund fees finally came a bright note.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


BOE adopts 2015 budget

Even though summer just began, the people working behind the school scenes are ready for next year to begin with a full wallet, doling out more than last year to teachers and other public school employees.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Charges pending for dance studio owner

While some parents just want to move on and begin to heal from the sudden closing of Starbound Dance Studio, another group of parents feel they cannot do so until the receive retribution for money the studio's owner, Valerie Odom, as of yet, has failed to refund.

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: Ringo processional

Covington Police Department's fallen K-9 Ringo will be escorted from the Porterdale Police Department to Covington Police Department today between 1:30-2 p.m.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More I-20 road work this weekend

The right lane of I-20 eastbound between mile marker 92-95 will be closed for bridge deck demolition and setting precast panels Sunday.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Severe storm advisory

Severe storms are blowing through the area tonight until 9:15 p.m. with winds and wind gusts of 40 mph.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Conyers ruptured gas line closed

UPDATE: The ruptured gas line has been shut off and residents and employees can now return to their homes and businesses, according to Conyers Police.

June 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salvation Army to hose June 22 car show

The Covington City Council didn't have its regularly scheduled Monday meeting because it didn't have a quorum - the number of members needed to have a majority vote.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime: drano bombs; airplane lands illegally

Airplane down

June 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Christmas magic at Chimney Park

For the first time in what is hoped to become an annual holiday tradition, Newton County families can enjoy Christmas lights and figurines in the woods at "Twilights at Chimney Park" on Sunday, Dec. 7.

December 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chat with Valdora Roachford

Below is a transcript of the chat with Valdora Roachford from Monday morning. The Roachford family was featured in the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," which aired this past Friday.

December 05, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New home day cares no longer allowed in county

A number of home businesses will now be illegal under new zoning regulations approved by the Board of Commissioners which now bars day cares in residential districts and home occupation hair salons and barbershops.

December 05, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


One dead in College Avenue blaze

A fire Saturday morning claimed the life of one Covington man, according to Covington Fire Department Captain Rob Christopher.

December 05, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A day in her shoes

Covington resident Valdora Roachford had no idea what she would be up against when producers from the television series "Wife Swap" drove her to a home in the suburbs of Chicago last summer.

December 03, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | LOCAL


Books on parade

Mansfield Elementary School Principal G.W. Davis Jr. drives a tractor pulling a float filled with front office staff dressed as farm animals during the school's 16th Annual Book Parade on Friday. The front office staff themed their float after the book "Click, Clack, Moo, Cows that Type" by author Doreen Cronin.

December 03, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Vince Dooley visits Covington

December 02, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lighting of the Courthouse

December 02, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Shots fired at home

A home on Gum Creek Trail was shot several times Nov. 13, and investigators are looking for help from the community to find those responsible.

December 01, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton emergency radios now connected

After years of labor, an idea for a better way of communicating between different agencies that began after the public safety disaster that was 9/11, was officially completed and welcomed into the county.

December 01, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Roll into the holidays with Bunco

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting an evening of Ladies' Big Bunco at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Center on Washington Street. Players don't need experience or skill to play: roll three dice, add your points to your partner's, and move to the next table. No gambling, just lots of laughter and conversation with friends and new acquaintances.

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tis the season

Church Street Antique Market vendor Holly Frank places a butterfly ornament on one of the many Christmas trees on display at the local store Tuesday. Frank was hard at work placing the finishing touches on the store's Christmas display to prepare for Santa's arrival to Covington and the Lighting of the Courthouse on Thursday evening. The wide variety of collegiate themed ornaments and nutcrackers carried at the local store seem to be the most popular holiday items this year, according to Frank. Church Street Antique Market, along with many of the other stores in the downtown district, will ...

November 29, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guns, drugs netted during arrests

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were able to get several guns off the streets after two arrests on two different dates this month.

November 28, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Citigroup to cut another 53,000 jobs

NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. is cutting approximately 53,000 more jobs in the coming quarters as the banking giant struggles to steady itself after suffering massive losses from deteriorating debt.

The plans, posted on the company's Web site, are being discussed by CEO Vikram Pandit at the company's town hall meeting in New York Monday with employees.

November 28, 2008 | Madlen Read AP Business Writer | LOCAL


Queens for a day

Ageless beauty: The 2008 Ms. Senior Newton County Pageant was held on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Olive Swan Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. The audience was entertained and amazed by the talents of the contestants. Participants from left to right: Ms. Agnes Frederick, Mrs. Rockie Butts (Second Runner Up), Ms. Mary Ellen Horne (2008 Ms. Senior Newton County), Mrs. Doris Campbell (Third Runner Up) and Mrs. Jeanette Fraser.

November 26, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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