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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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Return to Vietnam

Hubert L. Townley began his military career in March 1955 and retired from the U.S. Army more than 20 years later in November 1979. In January 2013, Townley will travel to Vietnam on a Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored tour, "Return to Vietnam," which will last for two weeks during Jan. 3 through 17.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Teen charged after pointing gun

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday after reportedly having a muzzle loader that officers believe was stolen from a car earlier in the week.

December 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Don’t let your holiday cheer go up in smoke

The holiday season is the time of year when most people are thinking about shopping for gifts, office parties and spending time with family and friends. Sadly, this is also the time when home fires peak. State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak said, "Approximately one-third of home fires and home fire deaths occur during December, January and February."

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Girl Scout troop 50 years later

Girl Scout Troop 1062 reunited 50 years after receiving their curved bar badges for a fun lunch celebration. The gathering was also in honor of their Scout leader Ruth Moseley's birthday as well as the 100th year of Girl Scouts.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Piedmont Academy earns SAIS accreditation

Piedmont Academy is now an accredited member of SAIS and Advanced Ed. To earn accreditation from SAIS, Piedmont Academy complied with quality standards, was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals, and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school's mission which is, Piedmont Academy educates, encourages and develops students in a safe, Christian environment where faculty and staff partner with families to guide students into opportunities that build character and prepare them for success.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


The Covington Y gives back

The Covington Y LowImpactForEveryone (LIFE) class enjoyed a delicious lunch together on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Presents were brought by all for less fortunate children, and after wrapping them, the gifts are ready for delivery. The Y invites you to join their family of friends.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Gas prices drop as motorists prep for holiday travel

Motorists get the gift of falling gas prices right before the holiday travel season begins on Dec. 22. Pump prices are forecast to decrease even more as millions prepare to take their holiday road trip.

December 18, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Horton honored at council meeting

Citizens, family and friends gathered at city hall on Monday night to honor city manager Steve Horton as he attended his last council meeting as city manager.

December 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | Local


Not-so-merry Christmas for ornament shoplifter

A Covington woman was arrested at Wal-Mart Saturday after she allegedly tried to shoplift 131Christmas decorations and 30 tree ornaments.

December 17, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | Local


GPTC’s longest serving employee retires

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's longest-serving employee Julian P. Wade, who most recently served as the school's dean of operations, has retired after a 43-year career with the school.

Wade began his career in higher education working at the College (then named DeKalb Area Technical School) in 1969 as a part-time evening instructor, teaching accounting. He later became a full-time instructor, teaching in the Data Processing Technology program (today called Computer Information Systems).

December 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Flu activity rising, officials urge residents to get vaccinated

A trip to the doctor and a package of Tamiflu are probably not on anyone's Christmas list.

December 15, 2012 | Rachel Goff | Local


Farm Bureau recognized at state level

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 75th Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 2-4 on Jekyll Island.

December 15, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


Conn. town mourns its loss

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20 year old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

December 15, 2012 | Associated Press | Local


AMERICAN TRAGEDY

In the wake of the tragic shooting that claimed 26 people's lives, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn. Friday, communities across the nation weep for those lost and hold their own loved ones closer. But the questions also begin and one rises above the others: Is Newton County prepared to respond to such a tragedy in its own backyard?

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


Tenants’ rent checks stolen

Several occupants of Magnolia Heights apartments had their rent money stolen from the night deposit box last week.

December 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | Local


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