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Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO and Crime Stoppers seeks help identify suspects in armed robberies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) seeks assistance from the public to identify two suspects believed to be involved in two separate armed robberies ...

October 07, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Officials table decision for relocation project

The Newton County Board of Commissioners tabled entering into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for road repairs at Alcovy Trestle Road and River Cove Road.

December 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


An artistic view of 2013

While some people may be planning to lose weight, travel more or save more money with in the 2013 New Year, one Covington artist looks to begin a new journey and open a new business.

December 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton Countians win environmental awards

When it comes to keeping Newton County clean and promoting environmental friendliness, there are a handful of local superstars who lead the charge, and a few of them got some extra recognition this year at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation awards ceremony.Keep Covington-Newton Beautiful volunteer Lee Aldridge won the state's woman of the year volunteer award, while the county's landfill manager James Peters won the Public Works Employee of the Year award and Newton County 4-H took second place in the waste reduction recycling category.

December 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stories that shaped 2012

1. Baxter coming to Covington: Baxter International broke ground in early August, bringing Newton Countians hope of a local economic recovery.

December 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New Year, New You?

Statistically, 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions. Of that, only 8 percent actually keep those resolutions, according to the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology. The most common is, of course, to lose weight; another popular one is to fall in love. Every year I resolve to drink more water and usually end up only drinking more coffee and wine.

December 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Honey Boo Boo in the house

Honey Boo Boo, aka Alana Thompson, of TLC's reality show spin-off "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," came to Conyers with her family and a TLC film crew on Thursday for a little holiday fun. Thompson took a spin on the ice at the ice skating rink at the Olde Town Pavilion as onlookers and fans watched from the sides. Gina Hartsell, Conyers-Rockdale's Camera Ready Liaison, said TLC producers called that day looking for places to stop by for holiday activities. The episode with the ice skating scenes might air sometime in January or February, she said.

December 29, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Desert Storm commander Schwarzkopf dies

WASHINGTON (AP) - Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname.

December 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ewing says farewell after 12 years

Mort Ewing has been an advocate for serving the community and others to best of his ability.

December 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Thanks for the memories

The dedicated public servant leaves behind a legacy of being the voice of reason in tough situations and the father-figure of Covington who makes important decisions in helping to move the city forward.

December 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime: A Good Samaritan gets beaten

A woman attempting to help out a stranded pedestrian instead was beaten on Dec. 23.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield man killed in Afghanistan

Mansfield resident Joseph Griffin, 49, was killed on Christmas Eve in Kabul, Afghanistan by a policewoman who reportedly shot him when she decided her plans to kill the governor, police chief or an investigator would be too difficult.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pittman: Proceed with care in '13

As most people are aware, because I remind them regularly, I'm pretty awesome. I have handled this whole single mom thing like a champ. Christmas, however, was a lot harder than I thought it would be. It was hard to keep up the whole Elf on the Shelf, baking cookies, looking at lights (to whoever had the huge light display on Forrest Drive, thank you!), happy time that my son is used to. At least this first Christmas as a single mom/divorcee (almost) is over, and I am bound and determined that 2013 will not suck like 2012 ...

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AMBER Alert issued for two missing boys

An AMBER Alert was just issued on behald of the Roswell Police Department for two missing boys, ages 9 and 7.

December 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carpenter named Mo. superintendent

Newton County School System's Deputy Superintendent for Operations, Dennis Carpenter has been named superintendent of the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, Mo.

December 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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