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Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


NCSO detention officer fired

A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.

August 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Ellis' letter about Henderson check

Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lorraine Elementary evacuation ends after sweep due to possible bomb threat

A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.

August 29, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 construction postponed

Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


GPTC hosts healthy choices fair

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lunchtime concerts set for Thursdays

A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.

August 28, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student plans fundraising walk

Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


NHS student arrested for pot, knife

A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.

August 28, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Middleton career reaches end

The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.

August 28, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County cuts Henderson pay advance

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.

August 27, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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Woman attempts to rob bank

Covington Police officials are looking for a woman who attempted to make off with funds from the United Bank in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 on Thursday morning.

June 11, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Rotary awards Lassiter

Outstanding Rotarian: Mike Lassiter, member of the Rotary Club of Covington, received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award at the Rotary District 6910 Conference held at Jekyll Island in April. The award is presented annually to a Rotarian providing outstanding service in promoting the Rotary Foundation. The most significant project of the Foundation has been the eradication of Polio throughout the world. Mike has served as Foundation Chair of the Covington Club for 10 years. Covington has been one of the top Foundation Fund raisers in District 6910 with over 55 Paul Harris Fellows awarded in the past two years ...

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Moving work in house could save 21 county jobs

The county could save as many as 20 jobs, by cancelling its service contract for the county's recycling centers and reallocating existing employees to take over that work.

June 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tournament at the Oaks raises money for Miracle League

Fore! The Charter Charity Classic, was held at the Oaks on Wednesday and raised between $18,000 and $20,000 for the Miracle League in Newton County. The first place team was National Bank Products, with team members Brandon Slade, Stan Gann, Gordon Slade and Shaw Blackmon. Charter took second place, team members were Terrance Lewis, Rusty Lehman, Philip Lehman and Patrick Harrell. Conyers Flower Shop placed third, team members were Scot Ward, Alan Sherrill, Chuck Groover and Paul Dailey.

June 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


NSCO on the hunt for burglar

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is searching for a burglary suspect and is asking residents to be on the lookout as well.

June 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Melbert Ray Ford executed

Melbert Ray Ford Jr. took his last breath on June 9 at 7:27 p.m., more than 24 years after the last breaths of those he murdered. He ate most of his last meal and declined a sedative as well as a prayer request from the prison chaplin at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. His last words were not ones of remorse for his crimes but thanks to his family, friends and loved ones.

June 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fire closes I-20 eastbound past exit 98

Two Newton County Fire Department crews are working a small brush fire on Interstate-20, between exits 98 and 101, which has closed down eastbound traffic.

Deputy Chief Tim Smith said the crew hoped to have the fire put out and everything cleaned up before rush hour.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcome home

Handshakes, hugs and a few tears greeted the dozens of Covington-based National Guard troops who triumphantly returned home after a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Redevelopment Authority to buy additional lots

The Covington Redevelopment Authority is planning to purchase nine more lots in the Walker's Bend subdivision as it continues efforts to revitalize that area.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Project Adventure closing down

Project Adventure Kids, a non-profit organization focusing on the rehabilitation of at-risk children and teen-aged drug abusers and sex offenders, is closing down its 16 area group homes and treatment facility on Elks Club Road.

June 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2 accidents halt evening traffic on I-20 East

During the evening commute an accident with injuries 1 mile east of exit 90 on I-20 stalled traffic so that another accident occurred when a female driver slammed on her brakes and cut her wheel causing her to flip and strike another vehicle. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Anthony Washington, a passenger in the female driver's car was transported to Atlanta Medical Center by ground ambulance.

June 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman pushed from moving car

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Hannah Street Saturday afternoon after a 911 came in where a woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Dispatch operators reportedly heard a woman screaming, "I am not going with you," and, "I don't know where I am." The operator also allegedly told officers she heard a male voice yelling, "jump out of the car."

June 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC remains uncertain about the budget

Newton County simply won't have enough revenue to operate its proposed FY2011 budget at the current 9.73 millage rate, even if it cuts 100 jobs and raises various fees.

June 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County leaders graduate from econ. academy

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced Newton County graduates from the 2010 Region Five Multi-Day Training Program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators and social service providers from 12 counties in Northeast Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

June 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A range of colors

Hydrangeas can be found in white, pink, purple and blue - and shades in between. But where do those colors come from?

June 06, 2010 | By Ashley Bates abates@gainesvilletimes.com | LOCAL


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