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Students tbe introduced to new testing system

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


View the 2050 public hearing No. 2

Here is a recording of the entirety of the second public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances and TDRs (in the related content section). The meeting starts at about the 14 minute mark of the video.

July 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Woman charged in ‘09 death of Larry John Marchesseau

The woman accused of causing the accident that killed a 67-year-old man last year was charged with vehicular homicide Friday.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ will face life in prison

One of the two men accused in the shooting death of Calvin Kentrell Banks in 2009 has could be sentenced to life in prison, though not for murder.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A wild time at Big Haynes Creek Festival

It's time to run, walk, slither, swim and fly into the fourth annual Big Haynes Creek Wildlife Festival on Aug. 28 and 29 at the Georgia International Horse Park.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyful jamboree

Investing in the future: On Sunday, Aug. 1, Covington was hosting two "Back 2 School" events. In addition to the one downtown, one was held at Trailblazer's Park on Clarke Street.

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

August 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Going for Eagle Scout

The final steps: High School Senior Nic Walter is trying to educate local residents about the value of the Dried Indian Creek wetlands and pier as part of his Eagle Scout project. He is planning to place signs by the wetlands explaining how the plants filter stormwater runoff and protect the area's other plant and animal life. In addition, he is planning to place signs on the pier describing and naming the various wetland plants. Walter is the son of Kevin Walter and Jean Fowler.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wire woes

Under the wire: A little after 3 p.m., a dump truck caught and tore down several spans of an AT&T telephone cable on Washington St. In addition to causing traffic jams while the damaged lines were repaired, it also caused lights to flicker throughout town as the wires collided and touched in the air. Businesses and homes along Washington Street and in downtown Covington experienced brief power loss.

August 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Little Miss Covington

The inaugural 2010 Miss Covington and Little Miss Covington Pageant was held Saturday morning at Eastside High School. Participants were judged on a 1 -10 scale, with 10 being the highest. Judges will make their decisions based on overall appearance, first impression, beauty, poise and personality. The winner (Queen/King) in each division received a rhinestone tiara/crown, monogrammed sash, flowers and a large trophy. The winners were:

August 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


DeKalb Co. fireman charged with public indecency on I-20

A DeKalb County fireman was arrested Friday afternoon, after he was caught allegedly masturbating in his car on Interstate 20.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Footloose’ looking for paid extras for filming

The Georgia Department of Labor's Covington Career Center and Woodridge Productions of Culver City, Calif., hope to recruit about 100 extras for the upcoming movie "Footloose" Thursday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeKalb Technical College, 16200 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zon sworn in as District Attorney

In front of a crowd of hundreds of friends and colleagues, Layla Zon was sworn in Friday afternoon, as the first female District Attorney for the Alcovy Circuit.

Zon's predecessor, Newton County Superior Court Judge Ken Wynne, welcomed everyone, and the Rev. Jason Dees with First Baptist Church of Covington gave the invocation.

August 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI Director receives GACP award

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) has named GBI Director Vernon Keenan as this year's recipient of the Special Service Award in recognition of his proactive contributions to his agency, to the GACP and to the state's law enforcement community. Covington Chief of Police and GACP President Stacey Cotton made the presentation at the organization's recent annual banquet in Savannah.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pizzas for the people

Pizza providers: The Covington location of Little Caesar's Pizza at 3602 Salem Road donates pizza to The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter at least three times each week. Little Caesar's owner Lyle Little hands boxes over to Clara Lett, Executive Director of The Garden of Gethsemane as Michael Moore (second to left) and Jeffrey Shubert (right) look on.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) will be hosting a silent auction and wine tasting fundraiser at St. Augustine Catholic Church Oct. 8. Over 60 businesses like Home Depot, Badcock Furniture, Fletcher's Jewelry and several local restaurants have donated a wealth of merchandise to aid St. Vincent toward their cause.

August 15, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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