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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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Pumpkin Party

Fall Fun: Three Pre-K classes at Live Oak Elementary School participated in a fun pumpkin party Thursday morning. Around 60 students, teachers, and parents took part in Halloween activities, including pumpkin and cookie decorating, a ring the pumpkin game, a bean bag toss game and facepainting.

October 30, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Middle school student brings knife to school

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to Liberty Middle School after a student told his teacher that his classmate had brought a knife to school.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Oct. 30

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Your Candidates: Newborn Town Council

Wanda Cummings (incumbent)

October 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy Scout nature center dedicated to a distinguished local volunteer

Distinguished Eagle Scout John S. "Jack" Langford, a Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Georgia, was honored Saturday during a dedication for the newly built nature center at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. Langford was and continues to be an important leader for the Boy Scouts of the Atlanta area. As a cornerstone of the newly renovated Camp Bert Adams, the Nature Center will carry on Langford's legacy as it helps to meet the growing needs of the thousands of Scouts and their leaders that attend the camp every year.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brett Bennett named Covington YMCA volunteer of year for 2009

The Covington Family YMCA is recognizing Brent Bennett as its 2009 volunteer of the year. Bennett will be honored at the Metro Atlanta YMCA annual volunteer recognition dinner Nov. 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Health care town hall meeting on Thursday

The Newton County Democratic Party is holding a health care town hall meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the jury panel room at the Newton County Judicial Center at 1132 Usher Street.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man stabbed in chest after fight

A man was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital Sunday night after a fight left him with multiple stab wounds in his chest.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman steals mans wallet and blames him

A woman was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly stealing a wallet and blaming the theft on the victim.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County revenues for 1st quarter appear steady

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had their first quarterly financial review Tuesday and the collection figures were better than last year, but the second quarter will be more telling because that's when the county will begin to collect property taxes.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Phantom Folklore: Souls locked inside the Old Jail

Built in 1901, the old jail was home to many of Newton County's criminals until 1983 - and according to some, one person was even hung there. And although the jail is currently gutted, the ghosts of those who once called the cells home, still wander the crumbling hallways.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Golf tournament to benefit local scholarships, youth endeavors

 Members of the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation again have organized a golf tournament to benefit the foundation's efforts. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Indian Creek Golf Course.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GWA Marching Band wins championship

This past weekend, George Walton Academy's Marching Bulldog Band won first place in the 6 Open Division at the United States Scholastic Band Association Championship held in Chattanooga, Tenn. and finished 1st out of 25 bands from around the Southeast to become the overall Southern States Champion. George Walton Academy is the first private school to win the championship.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington attorney assists state bar YLD service project for domestic violence victims

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia recently joined with the Savannah Bar Association YLD and the Macon Bar Association YLD to assist the Savannah Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Shelter during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puppet power

The Covington Elks and Elkadettes applied to Snapping Shoals REA for a grant for $5000 three years ago. Using the funds, they prepared a puppet show for elementary school age children on drug awareness. The first school that saw the productions was East Newton Elementary in the Spring of 2007.

This year they will touch the lives of over 6000 elementary children in grades kindergarden through second with their drug awareness puppet show. At the end of the show the kids may ask the puppets a few questions.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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