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Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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BOE approves tech updates

Several schools will see technology updates soon after the Newton County Board of Education approved the updates - most of which will be paid for out of E-rate funding.

Director of Technology and Media Services Dr. Gary Shattuck presented a proposal to the Newton County Board of Education in their June meeting, outlining the schools that are eligible for reimbursement, as well as first and second priority schools that have not had technology updates for many years.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students win big in national competition

Seven Georgia Piedmont Technical College students spent last week in Kansas City, Mo., at the National Leadership and Skills Conference. Jayson Holland competed in the Motorcycle Service Technology category, accompanied by academic adviser Mike Sachs. Jacquelyn Williams, Precious Bright and Cotina Howard competed in Tech Prep Showcase-Business, Management and Technology, accompanied by their adviser Chrisine Hardin Hamilton. This group won the gold medal in their category over competitors from Manatee Technical Institute in Bradenton, Fla., and Rolla Technical Institute in Rolla, Mo. Humberto Fragoso, Rodney Williams and Shana Baker won gold in the Tech Prep Showcase - Industrial and Engineering Technology ...

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flanagan edges out Schulz in online poll

Tony Flanagan, the Democratic challenger in the District 3 Newton County Board of Commissioners race, edged out Democratic incumbent Nancy Schulz in The News' online poll.

Flanagan captured 114 votes (52 percent) to Schulz's 104 votes (48 percent). Poll results are completely unscientific.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD Chief Cotton named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County moves forward with museum

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved forward with the restoration of the historic Brick Store building and approved several grants at Tuesday's meeting.

The board unanimously approved spending $189,000 of a previous $250,000 state grant for the restoration Brick Store, located on U.S. Highway 278 about half a mile east of the intersection of Ga. Highway 11. The low bid came in from John W. Spratlin & Son.

July 19, 2012 | Jared Williams | LOCAL


Forgotten stadium lights to cost $539K

The Newton County School Board approved a change order for athletic field lighting Tuesday, after forgetting to add the $539,143 needed into the bid for the replacement Newton High School.

The cost will be paid out of capital project funds and the proposal, submitted by the same contractor that is working on the rest of the replacement high school, and was comparable to the cost of lighting at both Alcovy and Eastside High Schools previously.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three men charged with molestation

Charges have been brought against three men in separate cases of child molestation.

Donta Quintrell Johnson, 26, is being held without bond on charges of parole violation, criminal damage to property, cruelty to children, rape, aggravated child molestation and aggravated sodomy.

July 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police chief named Rotarian of the Year

Covington Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton received the 2012 E.G. Lassiter Rotarian of the Year Award from the Rotary Club of Covington.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See historical spec sheets for mill houses

Much of Porterdale's housing was built by the former Bibb Manufacturing Company for the people who worked at its textile mill.

July 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found in missing man's car

A missing Covington man's vehicle was found engulfed in flames with a dead man's body in the trunk, according to Atlanta Police officials.

July 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Teen who claimed rape now being charged

A teenage girl who claimed to be the victim of a rape is now being charged with making the whole thing up.

July 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Last days of music and dance

The sound of musical medleys resonates through the Porter Auditorium of Newton High School. Girls and boys of the Arts Association of Newton County's Musical Theater Camp practice for their performance on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

July 17, 2012 | Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Smart Growth hosts forum Thursday

One of voters' last chances to hear from county chair, commission and school board candidates before the July 31 primary election will take place at Smart Growth Newton County's forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Washington Street Community Center.

Because of the large number of candidates expected to attend, 18 or 19, Smart Growth President Jonathan Paschal said there will be no formal question-and-answer session, but each candidate will instead be given five minutes to speak and there will be time to mingle and speak to candidates one-on-one afterward. Paschal said he expects the forum to last ...

July 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to increase

Average gas prices in Atlanta will be rising this week. The average retail price for gasoline has risen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.31/gal on Sunday.

The national average this week stands at $3.45/gal, 3 cents higher than a few days ago, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

July 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis seeks re-election as coroner

For almost three decades, Tommy Davis has been in the funeral business, as deputy coroner since 2003 and coroner since 2009. The 44-year-old is running once again, all because of his love for Newton County.

"This is a position that I truly enjoy serving in and serving the people of Newton County," he said. "I am truly devoted and dedicated to the position. I work hard every day to ensure that the people of Newton County are represented professionally."

July 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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