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Fans of Vampire Diaries, Heat of the Night descend on Covington

On Friday night, Oct. 21, fans of things that bite in the night will congregate in the Downtown Historic Square for the premiere of the ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Tourists flock to Newton’s filming locations

Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Text-to-9-1-1 now available at county emergency call center

At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls ...

October 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Piedmont Newton, a year later

A year after dignitaries stood outside of Newton Medical Center and watched as a tarp was pulled from the top of main entry way, the ...

October 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Social Circle Rotary Club fair benefits local projects

The Social Circle Rotary Club fair will be held Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 18 through 22 behind the Social Circle High School on Alcova Drive.

October 17, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Newton Campus Dean Johnny Jones and GPTC part ways

Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I ...

October 16, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL

Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | LOCAL

Flapjacks for 4-H on coming this month

Members of the Newton County 4-H group are flipping flapjacks on Oct. 29 to earn money for 4-H camps and service projects.

October 16, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL

Literacy is an important attribute for the entire community

Literacy is one of the primary skills needed to graduate high school, earn a college degree or land a decent job, yet, according to Newton ...

October 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Newton County extends trash center tag purchase deadline

Newton County extended the deadline to purchase vehicle tags for its trash collection convenience centers to Tuesday, Oct. 25.

October 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

A savory celebration

Thousands attended the annual Taste of Newton at the Porter Memorial Gym Thursday night.

October 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

State Route 142 widening contract awarded

A $13.6 million contract has been awarded to Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, to widen and reconstruct additional lanes on State Route 142 ...

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Christmas parade marches on Dec. 3

The Covington Lions' club Christmas Parade is one of Covington's richest Christmas traditions, and those interested in being part of the event can register ...

October 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Georgia Piedmont Technical College to host law enforcement career fair

A career fair for aspiring deputies and officers will be held at the Law Enforcement Academy of Georgia Piedmont Technical (GPTC), 8100 Bob Williams Parkway ...

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

NCSS offers free workshop for families of special needs students

Newton County School System (NCSS) offers "Come Together! Workshop for Families of Special Needs Students," featuring a presentation entitled, "Get Ready Now: Graduation Requirements."

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

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Four men in ‘meth murder’ re-arraigned

The four men charged in the 2009 murder of 38-year-old Andrew Nichols have been re-arraigned on charges against them by District Attorney Layla Zon, in an effort to keep the same core charges but make the indictment tighter.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

NMC hopes for more birth business

Birth care centers are often young women's and couples' first introduction to a hospital, and if the experience is a good one, a hospital can benefit from repeat business down the road.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Morgan to seek chairman re-election

After months of deliberation about whether to run under a revised form of government, county Chairman Kathy Morgan said Friday she will seek re-election in an effort to move the county forward as the economy begins to improve.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

GPC campuses won't close, cuts possible

Though no final decisions have been made, interim Georgia Perimeter College president Rob Watts offered good news, no campuses will be closed, and bad news, personnel cuts are likely, during a Friday speech.

May 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Quadriplegic out of jail because of cost

The charges against one of the men charged in the shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks in the summer of 2009, has received a dead docket, meaning the case will not move forward at this time.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Man’s best friend saves lives

A parade of motorcycles rolled down the streets of Porterdale with flags attached to the back waving, bearing the names of police dogs that fell in the line of duty this past year.

The fourth annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride raised money through an auction for the purchase of safety equipment for K-9 police teams in Georgia. The fundraiser auctioned off police and dog related items like a gun cleaning kit, dog leashes and dog treats.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

Blakeslee: Using the census to find relatives

During this past Mother's Day Sunday, did you record some fascinating stories told by your relatives at your gathering this weekend? Do you have any questions about one of my top 13 free sites? Were you able to talk about the site,, with relatives?

Let's talk this week about the next three free websites on my list:

May 19, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL

More than 50 injured in school bus wreck

More than 50 adults and students were checked for injuries at local hospitals Saturday after a chain collision involving six school buses and a passenger car on I-20 Westbound near mile marker 98.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

New Open Records Laws

In light of sweeping changes to Georgia's Open Records Act, county officials have had to quickly adjust to new rules that have expanded transparency within Rockdale's governmental bodies. Yet the changes could pose some risks and challenges to county employees who have to comply with the state's revised law.

May 19, 2012 | Kelly Petty | LOCAL

Motorcycle ride will benefit K-9 officers

Porterdale police Lt. Jason Cripps and his wife Holly, will host the 4th annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride tomorrow in Porterdale.The ride will raise money for the purchase of safety equipment for K9 teams/police in Georgia.

May 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

Crime briefs for 5/17/2012

When a Newton County officer arrived at the scene of a family fight, Cleshawn Jackson approached him. The officer observed a white female crying and screaming with blood on her left cheek.

May 17, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL

High school graduation is bittersweet

Graduation is a happy time in every young person's life. It is something that everyone looks forward to, and when first entering kindergarten, thirteen years seems like a long time away.

When I started my journey thirteen years ago, I thought I had forever to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.

May 17, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL

The perfect time for strawberry picking

The first time I ever picked strawberries I was with my boyfriend. He's now my husband. So it only made sense that something we enjoyed so much together would become a family tradition when we had our son.

The first year we all went, Colin was about 6-months-old. There are pictures of me grinning manically while he squished a strawberry in his little hand and drooled on my shoulder.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Adirondack shelters for rent in Conyers

Rockdale County parks and recreations offers great amenities and with the recent construction of the South Rockdale Community Park of East Fairview and soon to be completed Lorraine Trailhead, there's more reason to explore the new trails and get a little closer to nature.

The South Rockdale Park, which officially opened last September, features three Adirondack shelters that are available for rental year round.

May 17, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL

Man ticketed for dog feces in mailbox

Community leader Bob Furnad was ticketed for littering after being caught on camera placing feces in the mailbox of Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller, owners of Worthington Manor.

May 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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