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NCSS SAT scores up, still below state

Newton County School System students showed an improvement in SAT scores in 2014 compared to the previous year.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Voter Registration deadline is today

If you're planning to vote in this year's general election and runoff, today is the last day you can register.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pistol cash stolen from parked car

A weapon and cash was removed from a car parked in Willow Creek Court Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

October 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Battered: a look at family violence

He held a weight bar behind his back as he walked out the back door, in no rush but staring hard. Approaching the car, he veered the bar behind his head and swung as hard as he could. The blow shattered the windshield but just missed its mark as it failed to connect with human flesh or bone.

October 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Video: CRB takes to the stage Saturday

The Newton Arts Association brought music alive to the audience's ears a week ago, kicking its 2014-15 arts series off with an organ concert. This week, music will come alive through visuals as the Covington Regional Ballet (CRB) Company performs its III: Contemporary Dance Repertory Show.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Surviving breast cancer

6 tips to reduce breast cancer risk

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heroes against breast cancer

Throughout her nine-year career, Dr. Amanda Bauer has read thousands of mammograms. But she never gets jaded about the importance of her task, because she knows something that most other radiologists don't: what it feels like to be a breast cancer survivor.

October 04, 2014 | Dr. Amanda | LOCAL


Farm Bureau collects donations to help hungry

Many Georgians are still struggling to provide food for their families. Newton County Farm Bureau understands the significance of helping our neighbors, which is why we are participating in Georgia Farm Bureau's annual Harvest for All Campaign.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crashes on I-20 EB in Rockdale

A crash between a tractor trailer and a minivan briefly shut down Interstate 20 eastbound in Rockdale Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m. Minor injuries were reported in that crash, which occured near Ga. Hwy 138.

October 04, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS names Teacher of Year finalists

After tense deliberation, three Newton County School Systems teachers are a step closer to being named the 2015 Teacher of the Year.

October 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Vacation' reboot filming in Covington

Twelve Oaks has been the backdrop to many film and TV scenes, but the iconic historic building that most associate with "Gone with the Wind" transformed into something completely different for three days this week: a sorority house in Tennessee, littered with red cups, partying college students and a few A-list movie stars.

October 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Backup on I-20 westbound

IN BRIEF: Traffic is backed up on Interstate 20 westbound, before the West Avenue exit in Rockdale County. The backup extends at least to the Parker Road bridge. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes. Check back for more later.

October 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Strong storms moving through Newton, Rockdale

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for Rockdale, Newton, Walton and Henry counties until 10:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

October 03, 2014 | | LOCAL


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CFD recognized for sprinkler education efforts

The national nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has named the Covington Fire Department a "Built for Life Fire Department" for its efforts to help Covington citizens understand the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

The HFSC established this new designation with federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding, as part of a national campaign to increase the number of fire sprinkler systems in homes.

June 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man arrested for exploitation of teen

A 26-year-old Jonesboro man was arrested and charged after chatting with an investigator that he believed was a 13-year-old girl.

Walter Alexis Semidey was taken into custody by Newton County Sheriff's Office investigators Tuesday and charged with sexual exploitation of children and computer pornography. According to a statement released by the NCSO, Semidey reportedly began communicating with the "girl" via the internet and had been doing so over a two-month period.

June 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"I've lived a good life"

With census workers beginning to creep into the county to gather information for the 2010 census, many wonder what demographics numbers will reveal about the county at present. However, few have as much insight into the history of our county as centenarians born and bred here do.

June 24, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man robs Walgreens, caught within minutes

An 18-year-old Ohio man was arrested Monday afternoon minutes after he reportedly robbed a drug store employee at gunpoint.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Extra officers on the road for July 4 holiday

Law enforcement officers have started an increase in patrol a little early this year in anticipation of a busy Fourth of July weekend.

June 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant owners discuss string of low grades

After months of complaints about failing restaurant inspection scores, several Newton County restaurant owners finally sat down with local health officials on June 18 to air their grievances and get some answers.

June 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for forging prescription

Christina J. Gray was arrested Saturday at the Kroger Pharmacy on Ga. Highway 20 in Covington. Gray was charged with prescription fraud in reference to a forged prescription sent to the Kroger Pharmacy on June 13.

Pharmacy Manager Amie Anderson contacted authorities around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and explained to the officer that she had received a prescription for 10mg of the narcotic Loritab. Anderson also stated that the prescription was sent in by a Dr. Charanjit S. Shijh, M.D., and that Gray was suppose to be in to pick up the prescription shortly.

June 24, 2009 | By Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Program offers children meals during summer

A square meal is hard to come by for many poor families, especially in the current economy. Free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches help cover the gap in children's diets, but during the summer those resources aren't available and children go hungry.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Returned to glory

Looking at Puddy Bullard's glimmering black '68 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS, car enthusiasts know he's put an amazing amount of work into it.

June 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County cuts more than 14 jobs due to budget strains

A sense of melancholy loomed over the historic courthouse and county administrative building this week as 13 county employees cleared out their desks and said goodbye to co-workers, friends and buildings they had called home for years.

June 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A noble nomination

Judge Samuel Ozburn pauses in concentration as he works his way back through his years of memories as a lawyer and judge.

June 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fireplace receives donation

Hearth and home: Covington Fire Department Capt. Tony Smith received a $1,000 donation from a local business Thursday for the CFD's Fireplace, a community-based fire safety house. Smith said he has collected approximately $60,000 in donations and in-kind services from local businesses and residents for the house but still needs around $5,000 to make the house operational. He said all ages will be served by the house from school children learning how to exit a burning house safely to seniors being instructed on the safest methods of cooking and heating their homes. To donate, call Smith ...

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County announces CRCT results

Test results for the county's Criterion Referenced Competency Test have been released by the Georgia Department of Education and the Newton County School System has seen increases in the majority of subjects in which they are tested.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Principals leave Alcovy, Eastside HS

Four local principals will be leaving Newton County before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, leaving Eastside and Alcovy High School without principals as well as Veteran's Memorial Middle School and Middle Ridge Elementary School.

June 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets $1.75 million for transportation

Newton County has still not received any stimulus road funding from the Georgia Department of Transportation, but it will receive $1.75 million in stimulus transportation money from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

County Engineer Kevin Walter said he didn't know how the county would spend the money, but he said the money from ARC can be used more flexibly than money that comes from GDOT, because the GDOT project approval process is more strict.

June 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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