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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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Accident victim remembered

They say you should live your life so there's standing room only at your funeral, and that was certainly the case for one Covington man.

More than 600 people turned out for Milford Dale Hefton's visitation on Friday evening, and between 200 to 300 people showed up for his funeral the following day.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Progress slow for Bear Creek Reservoir

Nearly a year after the county applied for a permit to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to build the Bear Creek Reservoir, progress on the long awaited and still somewhat controversial project is slow and plodding.

January 03, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Little Drummer Boys

James Cruikshank, 5, takes drum lessons at McKibben Music on the square. He can play the beat to the theme song of Scooby Doo. James has a simple reason for deciding to take up the drums.

"Because I wanted to," he said.

January 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Dare to be Different

Approximately 110 students from East Newton Elementary School graduated from the anti-drug and anti-violence DARE program Dec. 19. Pictured are Newton County Sheriff's Deputy Nikki Benton, left, Outstanding Self-Esteem Award winner Noah Quick, the official DARE mascot Daren and Outstanding DARE Student Award winner Reilly Walker. The DARE program equips children with the tools necessary to resist pressures to use drugs and to stay away from violence. The program is taught in all 13 elementary schools in Newton County by a joint effort between the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

January 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspect caught near Oxford

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Department arrested fugitive Tony Fantauzzi Dec. 17 at a residence on Boogers Hill Road in Oxford. Fantauzzi was wanted for a 1987 rape and murder of a woman at a mall in St. Petersburg, Fla.

January 03, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


US warns Russia against selling missiles to Iran

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials say they want answers from Russia on whether it is selling advanced surface-to-air missiles to Iran. The U.S. insists such a move could threaten American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

January 02, 2009 | By Lolita C. Baldor Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Man shoots burglar in 2 fingers as perpetrator fled scene

 A Covington man shot a burglar in his home Dec. 28, sending the perpetrator to the hospital, where officers with the Covington Police Department arrested him.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Sen. to introduce sexual offender legislation

 Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) has pre-filed legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Auto break-ins increase over holidays

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a string of auto break-ins Dec. 24 – 26 in multiple neighborhoods around the county.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Auto break-ins increase over holidays

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a string of auto break-ins Dec. 24 – 26 in multiple neighborhoods around the county.

January 01, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State Senator to introduce sexual offender legislation

 Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) has pre-filed legislation that would make it illegal for a registered sex offender to run for office on local school boards.

January 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Oath of office

 Before a packed courtroom and to rousing applause, the county's first black sheriff and first female county chair were sworn into office Wednesday afternoon.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Family fight ends in multiple arrests

What should have been a peaceful family gathering Sunday turned into a melee ending with officers with the Covington Police Department arresting a man, his brother-in-law, his wife and her mother. James Cruikshank was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and battery; his brother-in-law, Matthew Roberts, was charged wtih obstruction and disorderly conduct; his wife, Gigi Cruikshank, was charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; and her mother, Peggy Capes, was charged with public drunkenness.

December 31, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Area restaurants receive low health scores

In the last month a number of popular restaurants in Covington have received very low scores from the Newton County Health Department.

December 31, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


7 workers released in Atlanta bridge collapse

ATLANTA - Federal investigators were working through the weekend to start determining what caused a pedestrian bridge being built high above an Atlanta park to collapse, killing one man and leaving 11 other workers hospitalized, seven in intensive care.

December 31, 2008 | By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


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