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Porterdale City Hall making termite repairs

There's nothing a termite likes more than a damp, dark place rich.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Extent of chemical contamination at SRG Global plant unknown

The Board of Commissioners is preparing to vote on whether to allow SRG Global to carry out testing around its Covington plant to determine the extent of chemical contamination after a 2013 test revealed trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton legal fees spiral out of control

A new proposal to cap county attorney fees at $800,000 could help bring the county's legal spending within the upper range of other Georgia counties, but it would also be a significant budget increase at a time of severe financial constraints and is already facing pushback from critics.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Concerts in the square return in May

The strains of '80s and '90s classic rock will be heard over lunch in downtown Covington beginning Thursday, May 7, with the launch of the 25th season of Concerts on the Square.

May 03, 2015 | | LOCAL


Judge Johnson serves as President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Covington, became President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges on Friday, and his term will run through April 30, 2016.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newman, Warfield named new principals

One of the first items on Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's agenda for the 2015-16 school year was filling the vacancies led by South Salem and Porterdale elementary schools principals Holly Dubois and Dr. Lizella Dodson, respectively.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Budget discussion heats up

Newton County faces some tough decisions for next year's budget with the Sheriff seeking a $6.2 million increase and county employees impatient for raises.

May 02, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Kindergarten round-up this week

Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of May 4- May 7. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2015 (child must have been born on or before September 1, 2010) to register for the 2015-2016 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.

May 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kroger to host racing theme Fan Fest

The Kroger on Salem Road is celebrating racing and its customers today during Fan Fest from 3-7 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No vote from BOC after executive session

The Newton County Board of Commissioners did not conduct a vote or public business following an executive session to discuss personnel Wednesday.

April 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary Club celebrates top 30 students

The Covington Rotary Club held its 50th annual Top Ten Reception and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Form of Government Committee grapples with structure, accountability

The citizen committee reviewing Newton County's form of government is closing in on a final draft report as it continues to wrestle with fundamental questions of structure and accountability.

April 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


CPD looking for 3 women in credit card "fraud"

The Covington Police Department is searching for three females who allegedly attempted to purchase food at Zaxby's with stolen credit card numbers.

April 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS procedures for HB91 petitions for diplomas

As a result of the passage of House Bill (HB) 91 in the Georgia General Assembly, former Newton County School System (NCSS) students who did not earn a diploma due to failing one or more portions of the Georgia High School Graduation test or the Georgia High School Writing Test now have the opportunity to petition the Newton County School System to receive their high school diploma.

April 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CARE benefit raises money for scholarships

Come Saturday, May 2, the Tiger Bragg Band will play a benefit concert at the Porterdale Memorial Gymn, 2201 Main Street, to raise money for the Community Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) scholarship fund.

April 28, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Kelsey’s Courage

Randy and Kelsey Upton are more than just father and daughter, they are a team, standing up and telling Kelsey's story in hopes of changing somewhat antiquated laws.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State revenues continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues are continuing to show signs of life.

State money managers reported Tuesday that tax collections rose 26 percent in February from the same month one year ago.

March 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Garbage service privatization could save Oxford money

Privatizing garbage and recycling collection service could save the city of Oxford

March 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cleanup volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Covington's Great American Cleanup Event, to be held Saturday, March 26.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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