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Georgia releases 2014-2015 CCRPI results

The Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) for the 2014 through 2015 school year was released Tuesday by state school superintendent, Richard Woods.

May 10, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Unemployment rates drop in Newton County

While Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in February dropped one-tenth of a percentage in March, the decrease in unemployment claims in Newton County was three-tenths ...

May 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Restoring a historic home one project at a time

After all the contracts were signed, he stood in a state of shock and wondered what he had just let himself in for, he said.

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington council approves employee benefits package

As the Covington City Council prepares to meet to go over the first draft of the 2017 budget, council members used Monday night to approve ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Rep. Dave Belton named chair of base realignment student

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) recently appointed State Representative Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) as the Chairman of the House Study Committee on Base Realignment and ...

May 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State to match Newton funds for Agriculture Center

A Newton County Agriculture Center will be built and operated in partnership with the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center, pending approval from the Newton County Board of ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Commission candidates talk planning ahead of primary voting

Voting for the 2016 election is underway with a little over 800 people visiting the Newton County Administration Building to cast a ballot for either ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County will have a new form of government come January

The county's enabling legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, according to Rep. Dave Belton, who informed Newton's Commissioners ...

May 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Department heads make case for new city personnel

Four City of Covington department heads and the E911 Call Center Director made the case for their 2017 budget and staffing requests to the city ...

May 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NCCA holds fourth student film festival

The Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) held its fourth student Film Festival in the evening of May 5 on campus. It was a small ...

May 09, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Newton Federal Bank named 2016 NCSS partner of the year

Newton Federal Bank was named the 2016 Newton County School System Partner of the Year Wednesday.

May 05, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Rotary Club honors Class of 2016’s top students

The Rotary Club of Covington saluted Newton County School System students Monday in its annual Top 10 reception.

May 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County's form of government signed by Gov. Deal

Newton County will have a new form of government come January.

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City grants incentives to possible new manufacturer

The Covington City Council approved an incentive package for Project Box, which the Newton-Covington Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Department brought to the city.

May 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton man dies after being struck by school bus

Charles Petersen, of Oxford, died after being struck by a school bus on Hwy. 278, at the intersection of Alcovy Road, around 7:15 a ...

May 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Today's weather: High near 86

Today's weather forecast from The National Weather Service calls for patchy fog before 9 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 86 and calm winds.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grand jury examined Cook Road project

The Newton County Grand Jury investigated Chairman Kathy Morgan's actions in the 2011 Cook Road resurfacing project, and its findings, which were released last week, recommended a change in the policy for road projects and the shifting of the public works department away from the chairman's control.

September 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elem. school student murdered

Livingston Elementary School second-grader Ethan Israel Martinez died from blunt force trauma Sunday, and the father to his baby sister, and mother's live-in boyfriend David Mann Jr., is in the Newton County Jail, facing charges in the murder of the 7 year old.

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SAT scores rise, but still below average

SAT RESULTS for the Senior Class of 2012

September 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Things to do while the leaves fall

As Newton County residents begin to feel autumn's cool breezes, the county's fall calendar heats up with a bevy of events sure to keep the family busy during the season.

September 25, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia going green

In a press conference, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed hopes that an effort to expand the curbside recycling program in Atlanta makes not only the city of Atlanta greener but transforms the state of Georgia into the leading state in the nation with the smallest carbon footprint.

September 25, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


County to study where water is used most

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the county, the city of Covington and the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority to fund a supervisory control and data acquisition system at their Sept. 18 board meeting.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Facebook threats leads to stolen phone

A parent of an Indian Creek Middle School student reported her child's phone stolen and that the unknown person who stole the phone was posing terroristic threats on the Internet.

September 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local recalls gruesome Vietnam War

On Sept. 24, 1970, Bobby Gayton stopped drinking and gave his life to Christ. He's been preaching ever since, and our country should be grateful he wasn't required to give his life in Vietnam.

September 25, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries shoots in Olde Town Conyers

IN BRIEF: Parts of Olde Town Conyers are being transformed into New Orleans as the CW's show "Vampire Diaries" shoots scenes for its fourth season. The shoot, scheduled to run until Friday in Olde Town, will be mainly at night and will shut down parts of some streets at night. Traffic will also be directed during a few times in the day, according to Main Street Conyers' Monica Coffin. Much of the indoor shooting will take place at the Celtic Tavern. Some of the main stars of the hit television show will reportedly be on set for these scenes.

September 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Vehicle fire blocks WB I-20 lanes near exit 98

A vehicle fire on I-20 westbound near mile marker 97 has blocked off all but one lane.

September 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local artist featured in Atlanta gallery

His walls were covered with art - a few of his paintings mixed with the works of others - and several pieces were lined up in the foyer, an appropriate look for an aspiring artist and single man.

September 22, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Newton Medical saves $2.1 million

Newton Medical Center was able to trim costs by $2.1 million over the past four months by switching to generic drugs, shopping more competitively for products and streamlining internal processes.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Where does the Fuzz Run money go?

The annual Fuzz Run is one of the top 5K races in the state. Wrapping up its 29th year, it is also one of the longest-running annual races in the state, with funds going to the Police Who Care fund. Now a popular race for thousands of runners, the Covington Police Department is making enough on the race to focus on really helping those who need it.

September 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOE, water authority settle fee dispute

A long-lasting dispute over sewer tap fees at the new Newton High School, which is under construction on Crowell Road, was finally settled this week between the Newton County Board of Education and Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority.

September 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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