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Georgia Tech, Covington, Newton County partner to offer free LEAP online courses

COVINGTON, Ga. - The City of Covington and Newton County have partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology to provide a pilot program to help spur growth ...

June 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Outdoor grill safety for the summer

Grilling during the summer time is a fun and exciting activity, but we should not forget about fire safety. Agent Tina Barrick of Newton County ...

May 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Learning some tips from Hollywood

Local officials traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to learn about the film industry out west in preparation for Three Ring Studios breaking ground locally.

May 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Newton County remembers Sam B. Hay Jr.

COVINGTON, Ga. - A pillar of the community, Sam B. Hay Jr.'s calm and steady presence will be remembered for his role on the Newton ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Lions Club celebrates 100 years

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Lions Club celebrated 100 years of service Thursday night. In the celebration, Newton County Chairman Marcello Banes proclaimed June as Lions ...

May 26, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Newton High teacher killed in accident

COVINGTON, Ga. – A Newton High School teacher was killed in a two-car collision Thursday morning on Brown Bridge Road.

May 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Chamber hires new Main Street Director

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce announced today that Lauren Singleton has been hired as the new Main Street Director.

May 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Pictures of Progress: Crossfit Unyielding cuts ribbon

Crossfit Unyielding, located at 80 Piper Road, joined the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the gym. Crossfit Unyielding prides ...

May 14, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


House fire reported in Oxford

UPDATE, May 12, 3:20 p.m.: The scene of the house fire has been cleared and traffic is free to travel as normal.

May 12, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local




Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


BD to acquire Bard

COVINGTON, Ga. – BD (Becton Dickinson and Company) has announced an agreement under which it will acquire C.R. Bard, Inc., according to an April 23 ...

May 03, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Covington Highway 142 widening shifting traffic

COVINGTON, Ga. - A Georgia DOT contractor will begin traffic shift setup Monday on the State Route (SR) 142/Industrial Park Boulevard widening and bridge project ...

May 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rep. Jody Hice visits Rotary

U.S. Congressman Jody Hice (R-GA) paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Covington during its April 25 meeting to update the club on ...

April 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


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Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Local


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | Local


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


Y keeps kids healthy

Spring break camp registration is going on at the Covington Family YMCA for children ages 5-12. The cost is $95 a week per child or $25 a day. The camp will run April 2-6. There is a $35 program membership fee if applicable. Financial assistance is available based on need.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | Local


Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | Local


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