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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


NCWSA plan may not include Bear Creek

When discussing the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority's plan to purchase the county's water infrastructure, Hopkins said the topic of the proposed ...

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


WSA and county to move forward on water initiative

Newton County elected officials this week heard a plan that could help the county out of its financial woes.

October 08, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Lloyd Kerr appointed county manager

Lloyd Kerr was officially named Newton County's Manager Tuesday.

October 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Student reportedly found with alcohol

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A Scout's life

Jerry Aldridge loves teaching and few in Newton County have helped as many boys develop into young men as the former educator and current scoutmaster.

September 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSS to have early release Friday

Students will be released early Friday for teacher professional learning activities, and also will be the upcoming week (Sept. 24-28) for fall break.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man crashes into 2 power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Order of Eastern Star donates clinic supplies

Members of the Order of Eastern Star Madison Chapter recently donated much needed clinic supplies to Mansfield Elementary School.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Manning, Yankees and Star Wars

Gas prices fell by 8.7 cents in the Covington area last week, and, according to AtlantaGasPrices.com, prices in Covington range from $3.69 per gallon to $3.79 per gallon.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Taste of Newton draws a crowd

Almost 300 people sampled some of Covington and Newton's restaurants at the Taste of Newton event hosted by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man crashes into two power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Local shares love of Civil War

The fifth-grade classroom at Heard-Mixon Elementary School gazed in awe, as they were shown numerous artifacts from the Civil War. Some chimed in, while the teachers called out classroom rules of using your inside voice, while others sat, not confused or uninterested, but waiting to see what would be shown next.

September 15, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Yellow River unveiled as Atlanta gem

Dozens of enthusiastic canoeists, kayakers and paddlers took to the Yellow River in Porterdale Saturday morning to help clean up the river, learn some of its history and enjoy a lazy day cruising down the river.

September 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slanderous letter sent about BOE member

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education, reported that someone delivered several slanderous letters about her to homes on Village Drive Thursday.

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 16

Woman attempts to steal breast pump, car battery

September 15, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More than skin deep

Most children would learn from a spanking, and Beth Rockmore is no different. She learned, but not the lesson her mother had hoped. She learned that no matter what happened, her art was worth fighting for.

September 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for voter registration, Oct. 9

Secretary Brian Kemp joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in reminding citizens that September 2012 is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Kemp is working with government and election officials across the state to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the Nov. 6 General Election, as well as promoting state resources to help with the registration process.

September 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD searches for would-be robber

Covington police are searching for a man who allegedly attempted to rob a customer at gunpoint at Don's Superette around 2 p.m.

The victim was pumping gas at the service station. When he got into his vehicle to leave, a slender black male in his 20s, wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and a ball cap pulled low over his face, jumped into the passenger side of his vehicle and told the victim to drive, according to Capt. Ken Malcom.

September 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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