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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


Live Oak teachers prepare for the 1st day of school

When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.

July 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | 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


2050 Plan hearings change format

Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.

July 29, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NMC hosts uniform, scrubs sale

Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.

July 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment up in Newton

State statistics show local unemployment numbers increased slightly in June, the latest month reported.

July 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Flying history

There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."

July 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Middle Ridge principal selected for leadership network

One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


It’s SSEMC meeting time

About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington teen missing, information sought

Fourteen-year-old Jordan Aaron has been reported missing to the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State releases Student Growth Model

For those parents, students and teachers who want to see a different form of explanation regarding students' test scores and what they mean, other than lists of numbers throughout the years, they may want to check out a new tool.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested in prostitution sting

Conyers police are turning their sights to deterring prostitutes, instead of just johns, from coming to Conyers with a recent undercover sting that arrested two women for prostitution and one man for drug possession.

July 26, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City employees join wellness challenge to walk around the world

Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.

July 26, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


4H Forever: State 4H Congress

Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.

July 26, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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Gun drawn in parking lot fight

Two men were arrested last week after an altercation at Newton Medical Center led to one man allegedly pulling a gun on the other.

February 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County faces $5.3 million shortfall

It is highly likely that Newton County will have to layoff some of its employees in the next budget cycle in order to balance a projected $5.3 million deficit.

February 01, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Getting ready for the big game

For the fans: Five O'Clock Somewhere Bartender Melissa SanFelice hangs Super Bowl themed balloons and streamers over the pool tables Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Super Bowl party hosted by the local Covington establishment. The big game will be featured in surround sound on the 106" theater screen at Five O'Clock Somewhere and a free buffet will be available starting 4 p.m. Sunday.

Porterdale Bar and Grill is also hosting a Super Bowl BBQ Party and two-year anniversary celebration starting 1 p.m Sunday. Customers eat for free.

January 31, 2009 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Unemployment soars in Newton County

 Newton County's unemployment rate climbed to new heights in December to 10.4 percent, according to figures released by the Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Smurfit-Stone files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

 Smurfit-Stone Container Corp., the largest producer of cardboard box materials in North America and a large manufacturing employer in Covington, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

January 30, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Donated car stolen

An attempt to register a recently purchased vehicle proved fruitless when a Covington man realized the car was still owned by someone else who thought she had donated it to charity.

According to reports, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a location on Washington Street in reference to a stolen automobile. When they arrived, they spoke to the victim who reportedly said he had purchased a 1994 Saturn station wagon from a man named "Ray" at a gas station on Washington Street and Flat Shoals Road. According to reports, the man told officers he paid "Ray" $700 ...

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies assist in speedy car chase

 An Augusta man was arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading deputies from several counties on a high speed chase for more than 50 miles.

January 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Beautiful Works

Young artists: Jamal Street, 18, (above) and Zae Jackson, 11, (below) of Social Circle stand next to their works, titled "A Man's Strength" and "Hippo in the Round," respectively. Theirs were among the 76 works selected out of 359 submissions in a variety of media, such as painting, printmaking, sculpture and collage, to be exhibited in the Boys and Girl's Club in Atlanta as part of the Youth Art Connection. More than 10 students from the Social Circle Boys and Girls' Club were selected. The students were recognized in a ceremony on Jan. 8. The works will be ...

January 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recycling economics

 Even without looking at the headlines, a passerby can tell there's been a slowdown in the world's economy just by looking at the yard of the Newton County's landfill.

January 27, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Many leery of 2-year college proposal

 The recommendation made to Gov. Sonny Perdue by the Tough Times or Tough Choices working group to merge two-year colleges and technical schools has both educators and students in Newton County leery of what their educational future may hold.

January 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

January 26, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Home Depot to cut 7,000 jobs, close Expo chain

CHICAGO - Home Depot Inc. plans to eliminate 7,000 jobs while closing four dozen stores under its smaller home improvement brands as the recession continues to batter the nation's housing market. Its shares climbed more than 5 percent in morning trading.

The nation's biggest home improvement retailer said Monday the cuts will affect about 2 percent of its 300,000 workers and cause the Atlanta-based chain to record a $532 million pretax charge, most of which will be recorded in the fourth quarter.

January 26, 2009 | By Ashley M. Heher AP Retail Writer | LOCAL


Report draft recommends closure of GPC

Georgia Perimeter College and all other two-year colleges could close and be absorbed into the state's Technical College System if Gov. Sonny Perdue decides to adopt the recommendations of a working group he formed last summer with the task of researching ways to create long-term, comprehensive education reform.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Reservoir levels back to normal

A little over a year after the county's reservoirs reached unheard of low-levels, water-levels have returned to nearly full levels.

January 24, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store's back wall to gain entrance.

January 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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