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Governor attends ribbon cutting at FFA/FCCLA Center

COVINGTON, Ga. – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was one of many state and local officials on hand in Newton County Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ...

July 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


Newton County citizens hear about LEAP program

COVINGTON, Ga – Approximately 100 people were on hand at the Newton County Historic Courthouse July 10 to attend an informational session on the Logistics Education ...

July 16, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Local


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


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$8,000 in meth confiscated

The Porterdale Police Department made a meth bust Friday, netting approximately $8,000 of methamphetamine, according to Porterdale City Manager Bob Thomson.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Kiwanis hosts pancake breakfast

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Covington will soon be serving up pancakes and invites the community to have a stack and support its organization.

January 26, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Two cities unite to preserve their past

This week, I spent a good bit of time wading through a ton of material to learn about historic preservation. This was after learning that Social Circle has received its designation as a Certified Local Government. The CLG Program is a federal-state-local program to promote historic preservation at the local level. The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources assists local governments in applying for a CLG designation, which also requires approval by the National Park Service.

January 26, 2013 | Madeline Burgess | Local


Oxford Language Hall reopens

An original 19th century building in Oxford has had a full restoration fit with 21st century technology. Reopening for spring semester 2013, Oxford College's Language Hall is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county, built in 1874 by craftsmen believed to have been from Covington and Newton County.

January 26, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Ag scholarships available

High school seniors looking to attend college to study agriculture have an opportunity to earn extra money to do so with the assistance of the Georgia Farm Bureau.

January 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Alert issued for missing 16-year-old girl

Conyers Police have issued a runaway juvenile alert for a mentally challenged 16-year-old Conyers girl missing since Jan. 22.

January 25, 2013 | | Local


Gun shots fired into Covington home

The house of a resident in a north Covington neighborhood was shot into by four rounds from a gun, with three more rounds that didn't quite penetrate the house. The man was lying in his bed at the time of the incident.

January 24, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Local


Nonprofit seeks volunteer of the year

The Newton Fund is looking for an outstanding volunteer for its fifth annual Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. Local nonprofits, individuals and other groups are asked to nominate individuals who have made a measurable difference in Newton County through selfless endeavors. Along with recognition, the award winner will receive a $2,000 award grant to be designated to a charity of choice. The award, named in honor of the founding chair of the Newton Fund, will be presented at a special reception in late February.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


School system seeks input in super search

The Newton County Board of Education wants to hear from the community. In their search for a new superintendent, they have released a survey that they hope will help them figure out just what is important to Newton County in a new superintendent.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Tuskegee Airmen teach, entertain

"My grandmother used to tell me, 'love your teachers or I'll beat you to death,' so I loved my teachers!"

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Former mayor to donate fountain to city

A former mayor of Covington continued the spirit of giving by donating an outdoor fountain to the city, but there is not a set plan as to where it will go at the moment.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Forever 21 expands at Stonecrest

Clothing store Forever 21 is unveiling its new, larger location at a grand opening at The Mall at Stonecrest at 10 a.m., Saturday.

January 24, 2013 | Staff Report | Local


Making a dream come true

Bea Jackson loves children and her passion for their well-being keeps her striving for excellence every day as the executive director of the Washington Street Community Center. Jackson said if it was wrong to be too passionate about children, then she would be guilty.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


Bus driver could face charges in crash

Charges are pending against the driver of the school bus that was found at fault for the Tuesday crash that sent at least 40 people to local hospitals.

January 24, 2013 | Amber Pittman | Local


Merchants support Main Street review

An evaluation of the Main Street program has received support from several downtown businesses.

January 24, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Local


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