Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.
The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.
Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.
The stories seem to follow a pattern.
Tommy Gregory Sr. told the crowd gathered at Nelson Heights Community Center that summer was the season to celebrate two of America's independence days.
As a child, he waited tables in his mother's restaurant. Since then, John Nissan, 25, has worked every station in food service, most recently as a server at Cheddar's Casual Café in Columbus; Locos Grill and Pub in Athens; and Buffalo Wild Wings in Kennesaw.
COVINGTON- Today marks the Juneteenth celebration for many members of the Newton County Community.
A Porterdale mother of four erupted with excitement, having picked up a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Kimberly Little, 43, matched the first five winning numbers of the June 13 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
COVINGTON- A suspect wanted for the burglary and attempted burglary of Metro PCS stores in Conyers and Covington was caught by Rockdale deputies and U.S. Marshals on Tuesday, June 17.
COVINGTON- Elections for the position of Covington mayor and three of the city's council seats may not be until November, but the first political salvo was fired at Monday night's council meeting, some five months before the Nov. 3 election day.
COVINGTON- Taking its place on the square, near the obelisk memorializing Newton County residents who had given their lives for their country, and the Civil War monument with its soldier turned to face west, symbolizing the fading of the Confederacy, a sign marking the passage of Sherman's Army through Covington was dedicated on Wednesday morning.
COVINGTON- Commissioner John Douglas said it was time to "cut the cord" with Green Hill P3 and explore a "good, local solution" to the county's solid waste problems during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Form of Government committee agreed to forego recommending an independent comptroller in favor of supportive language advocating for increased training and resources for the finance department.
A Covington Police Officer patrolling Brown Bridge Road using a license plate reader was alerted when a Hyundai Santa Fe drove by into a Chevron gas station at Brown Bridge Road and Turner Lake Road shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.
The Georgia Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting and fishing licensing.
One of the first items on Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's agenda for the 2015-16 school year was filling the vacancies led by South Salem and Porterdale elementary schools principals Holly Dubois and Dr. Lizella Dodson, respectively.
Newton County faces some tough decisions for next year's budget with the Sheriff seeking a $6.2 million increase and county employees impatient for raises.
Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of May 4- May 7. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015 (child must have been born on or before September 1, 2010) to register for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.
The Kroger on Salem Road is celebrating racing and its customers today during Fan Fest from 3-7 p.m.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners did not conduct a vote or public business following an executive session to discuss personnel Wednesday.
The Covington Rotary Club held its 50th annual Top Ten Reception and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening.
The citizen committee reviewing Newton County's form of government is closing in on a final draft report as it continues to wrestle with fundamental questions of structure and accountability.
The Covington Police Department is searching for three females who allegedly attempted to purchase food at Zaxby's with stolen credit card numbers.
As a result of the passage of House Bill (HB) 91 in the Georgia General Assembly, former Newton County School System (NCSS) students who did not earn a diploma due to failing one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation test or the Georgia High School Writing Test now have the opportunity to petition the Newton County School System to receive their high school diploma.
Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.
A Newton County Sheriff's deputy responded Sunday to a call about an animal problem at a residence on Highway 212.
As the county approaches the budgetary event horizon, the Board of Commissioners will face tough decisions as department heads compete for resources and county employees grow increasingly impatient for raises.
A standoff is brewing over the purchasing policy committee with Commissioner John Douglas backing Commissioner J.C. Henderson's last minute attempt to appoint a vendor to the committee seeking to tighten oversight of county spending.
It seemed appropriate that Daniel Pittman wore a T-shirt with the word "Hope" emblazoned on it.
When you pass by the entrance to the FFA-FCCLA Center, have you ever thought what in the world happens there?