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Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3rd Annual Spring Fling Saturday

The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 3rd Annual Spring Fling this Saturday at the Porterdale Ball Park.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$150K to be allocated for jail sewer system repairs

In addition to approving raises for the Fire Department and Sheriff's Office, the Board of Commissioners took care of several other items of business at Tuesday's meeting.

April 12, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis pulls Craig critic from purchasing policy committee

County Chairman Keith Ellis has rescinded his invitation to local citizen Ann Neuhierl to serve on the committee seeking to reform the purchasing policy, telling her that "the original candidate is now available."

April 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Porterdale puts brakes on landfill traffic

The City of Porterdale passed a new ordinance Monday banning vehicles from using compression and engine brakes except in emergencies in an effort to prohibit large garbage trucks from passing through the town as the county weighs a deal to expand and privatize the landfill.

April 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC approves raises for Sheriff's office

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.

April 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New group works on Newton planning

In Newton County's past government groups worked separately, so when the water authority heard that the school board was working to build a high school down Hwy. 36 it was a bit of a surprise.

April 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lions Club hosts 43rd BBQ Chicken sale

For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.

April 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Hundreds participate in GPC Day of Service Events

to participate in events for the MLK Day of Service. Volunteers did everything from painting the Clarkston Community Center to digging up periwinkles at Stone Mountain Park to sprucing up a garden for a food pantry in Newton County.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Fund Now Accepting Nominations for Pat Patrick Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is looking for the most outstanding volunteer in the community for the fourth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits as well as individuals and other community-based organizations are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in the county through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the winner of the award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice.

January 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD unveils new software participation

The Covington Police Department is going one step further to combat crime in local neighborhoods by using a free app available on smart phones that will deliver tips to officers in real time while allowing tipsters to remain completely anonymous.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zon named special prosecutor

Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon has been tapped as a special prosecutor in the Clayton County case against former sheriff Victor Hill, who is accused of committing multiple thefts while in office.

January 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kiwanis club honors long-serving members

The Kiwanis Club of Covington honored its longest-serving members Thursday, giving Legion of Honor awards to members who have been in the club for more than 25 years.

January 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Optimist club hosts essay contest

The Newton-Rockdale Optimist Club is hosting an essay contest. It is open to youth up to 18 years old as of Dec. 31, 2011 who have not graduated high school or the equivalent. Those who are interested are to email NewtonRockdaleOptimist@gmail.com to receive an application and full contest rules.

January 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learn about mentoring at Porter library

January is National Mentoring Month and local nonprofit Newton Mentoring is hosting a recruitment reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

January 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porter library celebrates one year

The Porter Memorial Branch Library is having a one-year anniversary celebration from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

January 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grease fire at Cook Road home

IN BRIEF: Rockdale County firefighters responded to a house fire at 3:03 p.m. Friday at Cook Road. Four engines, one rescue unit and mutual aid from Henry County responded to this location, according to Rockdale County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Sharon Webb.

January 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


Accident on Smyrna and Highway 212

IN BRIEF: A two-vehicle accident was reported near the intersection of Smyrna Road and Ga. Highway 212, around 1 p.m. on Friday. A 1996 Plymouth Breeze that had turned left off of Smyrna Road onto 212 was reportedly hit by a GMC Savannah van on Ga. Highway 212 heading towards DeKalb County. The female driver of the Plymouth Breeze was extracted from her car and transported by ambulance to Atlanta Medical, according to Rockdale County Fire Department spokesperson Sharon Webb. No other passengers were reportedly in the vehicles.

January 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


Hospital execs have 100-plus combined years at Newton

While many executives spend an average of five years in one place, Newton Medical Center finds itself in the rare position of having four executives who have been with their hospital a combined 100 years.

January 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves contract without bid

County Commissioners Tuesday night voted to approve a five-year contract for lawn care without bidding for price in a repeat of a split over recycling services two months ago.

January 20, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Dog helps man escape house fire

One Newton County man's dog proved he really was man's best friend, when his incessant barking helped save his owner from a fire in his bedroom early Thursday morning.

January 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Attorney to run against Chief Judge Ott

Local defense attorney Stephanie R. Lindsey has announced her plans to run for superior court judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

January 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber exec put on college board

A local economic development specialist was selected to sit on the board of directors of the Georgia Piedmont Foundation, a move that fits into the technical college's greater inclusion of Newton County.

January 20, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


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