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Mansfield resident to be parent representative in House committee

A Mansfield resident was appointed to a Georgia House study committee as one of three teacher representatives across the state.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cell tower back on council agenda

A rejected cell phone tower on Monticello Street is on the Covington City Council's agenda again Monday, but Mayor Ronnie Johnston says it's essentially to complete paperwork. He doesn't expect anything to change.

July 31, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSS transportation dept. wins EPD award

As the big yellow buses get ready to go round and round the county packed with students, they will be touting bragging rights for helping the environment.

July 31, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Out and about

The small rain showers that covered Covington Thursday afternoon didn't stop friends Hannah Bohanan, Morgan Conner and Lindsay Coker from getting out and enjoying an afternoon walk on the Square. When the rain came in they took the opportunity to take an ice cream break at Scoops on the Square.

July 31, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Briefs: man shot at taking out trash

Man shot at while taking out the trash

July 31, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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Five arrested after Monday armed robbery

An armed robbery of a weapon and a gaming system Monday evening led to the arrest of five people in the Oak Hill area. Police are still searching for a sixth person in connection with the incident.

February 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School system holds budget cuts forum

Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.

February 04, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County spent $45,000 to clean up snow, ice

Newton County spent more than $45,000 to clean up the county's major roads during January's winter storm, one of the worst in recent history.

February 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legislature creates redistricting office

ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.

Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

February 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Forum 6:30 tonight on school budget cuts

You can have your say and get additional information on proposed cuts to the Newton County Schools budget in a forum at 6:30 tonight at Alcovy High School, 14567 Ga. Highway 36.

February 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


11 NHS players earn football scholarships

Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.

February 02, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Lawmakers consider Sunday liquor sales

ATLANTA - The proposal to allow Georgia voters to decide whether they want to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays is headed to the Senate floor after breezing through a committee weighing the issue.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Top prep running back Georgia bound

ATHENS, Ga. - Isaiah Crowell, a top-ranked running back from Columbus, says he is signing with Georgia, giving coach Mark Richt the final piece of his "dream team" recruiting class.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia groundhog calls for early spring

LILBURN, Ga. - Georgia's famed groundhog, Gen. Beauregard Lee, is predicting an early spring.

The groundhog did not see his shadow this morning as he braved soggy, 44-degree weather at his home at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn.

February 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Committee boosts SPLOST

Elected officials by law cannot actively campaign in favor of the 2011 SPLOST list, but they've appointed a SPLOST committee of community leaders to carry the banner of support.

February 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to protect agricultural land

The Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday on their participation in a state pilot program that gives Newton County residents and farmers ways to protect their agricultural land.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington motorcyclist dies following crash

A 65-year-old Covington man died of injuries sustained when he was stuck while riding his motorcycle Thursday evening.

February 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Early voting begins for SPLOST

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election began today and will run through March 11.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State fees bring in less than expected

ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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