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Kiwanis Club gives $2,000 for scholarship endowment to Southern Heartland

The Kiwanis Club of Covington is Southern Heartland Arts, Inc.'s newest scholarship sponsor, as the Newton County arts organization celebrates its 11th year of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayor, CPD Chief to discuss safety on trails

The second of a series of walks in April sponsored by Newton Trails will feature comments by Covington Mayor, Ronnie Johnston and Covington Chief of ...

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Governor endorses local candidate

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes was in Newton County Monday, attending a reception for Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair candidate Phil Johnson.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Action Ministries benefits from Your Pie training event

Even before Your Pie opened on the downtown Covington Square, the owners knew they wanted to be more than just a restaurant.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Bread and Butter earns award

Kelley Johnston, right, of Bread and Buttery Bakery received an award for the best product of a week-long class at the University of Georgia's ...

April 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: We’ve adjourned Sine Die

The papers went flying and the confetti showered on the Chamber as the gavel promptly fell at midnight on Thursday, signifying the conclusion of the ...

April 10, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Bowls to hold beads of courage turned out by local woodworking club

Just as charms on a bracelet tell a story, beads in the hands of a critically ill child can trace his or her medical experiences.

April 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


High school student raising funds to build electric Beetle

If Grayson Eady reaches his goal, in just more than three years, he'll be driving an electric car north to the Massachusetts Institute of ...

April 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


VanNess: Update from the Capitol

The 2016 legislative session was filled with many changes that will impact lives in our District and across the State of Georgia. I look forward ...

April 09, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL


Belton: Newton County legislation wraps up season

First, while I do not speak for my fellow legislators, I feel I must address the new form of government for Newton County that will ...

April 09, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton’s Mental Health Court is getting the lost on the right path

On April 6, U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-Fourth Congressional District) visited Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn's mental health court.

April 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historic Conyers Street Gym temporarily closes

UPDATE

April 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


From school to civic center

For some, seeing the old gym demolished has been painful. Some are waxing sentimental about their time spent at the old Newton High School and ...

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Petition calls for traffic light at dangerous intersection

The petition was started after 67-year-old Curtis Douglas Baxter was killed trying to turn left onto Georgia Highway 212 from Butler Bridge Road on Feb ...

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Former Police Explorer sworn in as CPD officer

Kenyatta Davis-Barnes achieved his ultimate dream Monday when he was sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston as a Covington Police Officer.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


HOPE in Senate

ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is expected to take up a bill overhauling the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship this week.

The bill was introduced two weeks ago by Gov. Nathan Deal and has moved at lightning speed through the Legislature, gaining approval from the House last week. The full Senate could see the bill as early as Tuesday.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton loses to Valdosta

FORT VALLEY - Valdosta High School built a lead and held on late Saturday to top Newton High School 68-61 in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAAA playoffs.

March 06, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Chamber supports state film tax credit

Local officials hope the state continues to provide tax reductions to film companies in Georgia, because Newton County receives sales tax from a regular stream of filming projects and the thousands of tourists who come solely because of The Dukes of Hazzard, In the Heat of the Night and the Vampire Diaries.

March 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen strikes other with bat

An 18-year-old remains in the Newton County Jail after allegedly busting another teen's head open with a baseball bat in a fight over a girl.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, the 17-year-old victim was hanging out with friends at a neighborhood gazebo when a girl walked by. One of the teens exchanged words with the girl and the conversation turned ugly.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering Audrey Atkinson

Audrey Atkinson was the all-American girl. Blonde and bubbly, she could have been anyone's daughter, granddaughter, sister or best friend. But Audrey had a secret. The 19-year-old was being abused by her boyfriend.

March 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week -March 6

All the signs are there, friends – a bad economy, the desire to get healthy, and our awareness that going green really is good. Growing your own herbs and vegetables just makes sense. You pay pennies a pound for healthy foods for your family that you've grown with your own two hands. You have an abundant supply of vegetables during harvest and you can freeze and/or can the surplus. It's a win-win situation. If the thought of starting your own garden is a little daunting, consider attending an informational meeting about Newton County's Community Gardens at The ...

March 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 6

o Ashley Leatherwood, violation of probation, 90-150 days detention center, followed by intense probation.

March 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington celebrates its heritage

The inaugural Black History Program Saturday afternoon honored the late Coach Henry J. Wright, III and the R. L. Cousins men's basketball state runners-up of 1965. Music, dance and step performers entertained the audience between reflections and special remarks. Wright's family and the three attending members of his 1965 basketball team received keys to the city and Mayor Kim Carter presented a public proclamation in honor of the special guests.

March 06, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Croquet tournament March 12

The Heartland Woman's Club will hold its 20th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at 9:30 a.m. March 12 at Oxford College of Emory University.

March 05, 2011 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Three dead, two hurt in Highway 36 crash

Three women were killed and two others remain hospitalized after a wreck at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Ga. Highway 36.

March 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wet weekend ahead

Your weekend could be a washout, with heavy rain possible late Saturday.

March 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Melissa Ward a cancer crusader

Melissa Ward doesn't wear a cape and she has no super powers, but if you listen to her friends, family and co-workers at Oak Hill Elementary, the fourth grade teacher is a superhero nonetheless, having just survived a diagnosis of breast cancer and a double mastectomy in less than two months.

March 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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