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Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County finance director resigns

Michelle Kelly has resigned as Newton County's Director of Finance.

October 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New events for Christmas, New Year’s Eve highlight downtown lineup

When people gathered around the Newton County Historic Courthouse in downtown Covington for the lighting of the Square and Christmas tree and Santa's return ...

October 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Caldwell and Cowan embalmer completes advanced training

Christine Banks, embalmer at Caldwell and Cowan Funeral Home, completed more than 130 hours of specialized embalming and reconstructive training in Springfield, Missouri recently.

October 10, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Butterfly Garden dedicated at Academy Springs park

The Satsuki Garden Club hosted a dedication to Covington's new pollinator garden in Academy Springs Park, off Conyers Street and Legion Drive, Monday.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Students celebrate day of peace

Students at the Montessori School of Covington gathered around the school's peace pole to celebrate the International Day of Peache on Sept. 21.

October 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


FMA entertains while educating middle school students

Using hip hop, dance, film and comedy, Forces in Motion (FMA) Live! made Sir Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

The proposal could help Newton County out of its financial woes.

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jason Smith named Teacher of the Year

Jason Smith wept and hugged his wife and sons when he was announced as the Newton County School System's top teacher.

October 09, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Village completes community housing initiative

After three years, the Village of Porterdale completed the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing and Mayor Arline Chapman and City Manager Bob Thomson were part ...

October 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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No one runs for soil and water position

The election is over, but one local seat remains unfilled after no one qualified to run for the office.

No Newton County resident qualified for a vacant elected seat to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which seeks to protect both the quality of Georgia's soils and water resources.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Historic courthouse lighting

Residents flocked to the square Thursday night for Covington's annual Lighting of the Courthouse event, and Covington Councilwoman Janet Goodman, City Manager Steve Horton and seven longtime bus drivers for the Newton County School System were named this year's "Shining Lights."

November 15, 2012 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Walk for stomach cancer Saturday

Though most people are not aware, November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. Tomorrow, Nov. 17, the first Laps for Life event will be held on the tracks at Alcovy High School. The walk, Laps for Life, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Winston H. Kelly Sr. Memorial Foundation. All proceeds will be donated to stomach cancer research.

November 15, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Brick Store to have openhouse Sunday

Newton County residents are invited to view the county's oldest building as the historic Brick Store will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday so locals can see the repair work that's been done.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Teen pulls gun on mother

A Newton County teen was arrested for aggravated assault after reportedly pulling what turned out to be a BB gun on his mother when she was attempting to punish him for not wanting to go to school.

November 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heartscapes Art festival Saturday

Heartscapes Art Gallery & Custom Framing cordially invites residents to the second annual Heartscapes Holiday Market Festival this Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17-18 from 10 a.m. until 5p.m.

November 15, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


NHS students get international

The Humanities Department of Newton High School hosted its first annual International Festival Wednesday Nov. 14.

November 15, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Two deaths reported in Newton County

Two people were killed in separate incidents Thursday morning, but neither is expected to be the result of foul play.

November 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Can you hear me now?

A couple was arrested early Sunday morning, after trying to make a woman pay for a cell phone she had misplaced and they had found.

November 13, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Keep your beer to yourself

A Covington woman was arrested after reportedly throwing a beer on her neighbor after the woman told her to leave.

November 13, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Woman shoplifts at Walmart

A woman was seen tearing the tags off of several items that she had selected while browsing in the Covington Walmart. The woman continued through the store with her friend and when they proceeded to check out, the friend purchased several items, but the woman did not pay for any of the items of which she had ripped the tags off. The woman later attempted to leave the store with the following non-purchased items: one anklet, two toe rings and multiple clothing items. The total sum of the stolen items was $137.76 before tax.

November 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Recognizing the honor to serve

Jun Seok Choi is like most college sophomores at Oxford College. Just like the rest of the students, he is studying constantly trying to keep up with the campus' rigorous schedule. What sets him apart from the rest of his colleagues is that at the age of 22, he is already a military veteran.

November 13, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


$14M wastewater loan for Baxter

Board of directors with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority awarded the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority a $14 million Georgia Fund loan on Thursday.

November 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Douglas diagnosed with treatable cancer

District 1 County Commissioner Elect John Douglas has been diagnosed with treatable, Stage 1 prostate cancer.

November 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Explaining a confusing election night

Election night was a confusing ordeal locally as those watching the results come in at the Newton County Board of Elections got conflicting reports about which votes had been counted so far, how many precincts were reporting and what was left to tally.

November 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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