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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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New NHS on schedule

The replacement school for Newton High is beginning to resemble the finished product. While it might be several more months before students enter those hallowed halls, work on the school is right on schedule.

The 117.7 acres on Crowell Road north is a few miles from the current NHS. Construction began in spring 2011 and the school is scheduled to open officially at the start of the 2013-14 school year. The Newton County Board of Education accepted the low bid of $42,603,500 for the construction of the replacement for NHS. Part of the current five-year facilities plan ...

January 12, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Jones leads prayer breakfast

Good leaders are selfless, bold and trustworthy, and they lead their communities by their actions as a lighthouse leads ships to safety.

U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones shared that message with elected officials and business and community leaders at Friday's annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast at the Turner Lake Community Center.

January 12, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Child playing with lighter likely started fire

Investigators concluded that a child playing with a lighter caused the Conyers house fire that killed four children on Tuesday.

January 12, 2013 | Kathy Hooks | Local


County approves board appointments

A number of individuals were appointed to several boards during the Newton County Board of Commissioners first meeting of the year on Thursday.

January 11, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


BOC split at first meeting of 2013

The Newton County Board of Commissioners' first meeting with its new board members on Thursday night had its moments of controversy as the board disagreed over who to appoint to the Joint Development Authority and new Chairman Keith Ellis had to cast a tie-breaking vote in his first meeting.

January 11, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Clark Street crash kills one

A Covington man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a wreck that blocked traffic on Clark and West streets around 4:20 p.m.

Johnnie Delmar, 44, was killed after being knocked off his motorcycle. According to a press release from Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright, Delmar was driving a 1998 Kawasaki ZXE motorcycle northbound on West Street heading toward Clark Street. A 2010 Dodge Caliber being driven by 65-year-old Irene Stanford was on West Street at Clark, facing south. She began to turn left and then stopped partially in the northbound lane of West Street after seeing the motorcycle ...

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Staff supports local for superintendent

A group of Newton County parents, teachers and residents converged on the monthly work session of the board of education Tuesday in order to offer their support, and a list of signatures, to the board in favor of promoting Samantha Fuhrey, current deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction, to the position of superintendent.

Lynn House, an instructional coach with the Newton County School System (NCSS), addressed the board with a prepared letter and a list of signatures, many of them from NCSS employees.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


School board lists preferences for job

The Newton County School Board is one step closer to its search for a superintendent after the board unanimously approved a list of qualifications and preferences it wants in its next top official.

Current Superintendent Gary Mathews announced late last year his plan to retire June 30, at the end of the school system's fiscal year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Cookie Time

The holidays may be over, but you may not want to start your weight lost programs just yet as cookie lovers will be pleased to know that the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta have kicked off their cookie sells.

Girl Scout troops around Atlanta and in Newton County have begun accepting pre-orders for boxes of their cookies for 2013. Membership specialist Lisa Wust who represents Newton, Rockdale and Butts counties said the organization kicked off their cookie sales on Jan. 4 and will be accepting orders until the last week in January. Cookies will be delivered on Feb. 8, which ...

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Main Street board talks next steps with plan

The Main Street board chimed in on a review of their program and is positive in working with the city to possibly incorporate some of the ideas.

January 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Celebrate Recovery for the New Year

Christmas and the holiday season can bring hope, joy and peace. For some however, it can also bring sadness, regret and turmoil. All too often, we remember the past year or years of poor choices, broken relationships and missed opportunities. If we admit it, we've all at one time or another hurt ourselves, hurt someone else, and others have hurt us.

January 10, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield Baptist to hold graduations

After holding graduation at Sharp Stadium last year for Newton, Eastside and Alcovy high schools, the school system will move back Rockdale County County's mega church in Rockdale County this year.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Chair, vice-chair to be chosen

The Newton County Board of Education will choose their new chairman and vice-chairman for the year at their monthly meeting Tuesday.

January 10, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Dees: Youthful Passion

Last week in Atlanta, 60,000 college students met to worship God and to fight slavery. Yes, I said slavery. Right now 27 million people across the world are enslaved. These include men and women in eastern Europe who have been forced into labor, young girls who have been kidnapped in Africa, and women who are a part of the prostitution industry in downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Dome was filled last week with college students who are serious about the gospel, and serious about putting an end to this injustice. These students gave more than $3 million to put an ...

January 10, 2013 | Jason Dees | Local


Burnham: say “what?”

"What?" You know you've done it; we all have. You heard what was said and answered "What?" anyway. The problem is, we do this to God more often than we would like to admit. We hear God speak, but we act like we didn't. Sometimes it isn't so much that we are rejecting what God is saying as maybe who or what he is using to say it. He may use his word, or a child. He may use a friend or a sermon.

January 10, 2013 | William Burnham | Local


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