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DOE offers free digital textbooks

As the 2014-2015 academic year begins, teachers, school leaders, parents and students should be aware they can access free, interactive digital textbooks through the Georgia Department of Education's website.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO dep. restores heartbeat to boy

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy may have saved the life of a minor who was not breathing after drowning.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man subdued by Taser

After a call concerning an intoxicated male riding his bicycle into a trash can, police officers had to subdue the suspect by deploying a Taser.

September 02, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legality of Henderson’s check questionable

There's a clause in the Georgia constitution that says governments can't give money without receiving a "benefit" in exchange. It's reiterated in numerous handbooks for local governments.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Family to move to CO for med. marijuana

It may be their last resort, but the Hopkins family is making a big move with full hopes they will find sanctum for one of their daughters in Colorado's medical marijuana. Still, they'll be packing their family minus one.

September 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


New pavers to honor longtime businesses

Covington City Councilwoman Janet Goodman wants to honor the handful of families who have maintained their businesses on the Square for 50-plus years.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Weather, granite delay Square’s reopening

Don't get blue, the jazz concert set for Thursday on the Covington Square will still happen – just not on the Square.

September 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) - An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading by the Islamic State group of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in Syria last year.

September 02, 2014 | ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | LOCAL


Hit-and-run driver strikes child in stroller

A Conyers driver who struck a Covington woman and a 2-year-old and then tried to flee the scene was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

September 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home on the Range (video)

A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Legion remembers fallen soldiers

American Legion Post 32 of Covington held a Memorial Day ceremony on the Covington square.

May 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves FY2010 budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010 on Wednesday night, which will keep the millage rate at 9.73 and will cut approximately 16 jobs.

May 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Democrats to counter rally

Before the commissioners debate next year's budget in the Historic Courthouse at 7 p.m. tonight, Newton County's political parties will take to the square to give their thoughts on property taxes and county jobs.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County aid coming for Fairview Estates

Newton County will attempt to revitalize the Fairview Estates subdivision by spending $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and bank-owned properties. Fairview Estates is located off Fairview Road near its intersection with Salem Road.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Memorial Day's accident numbers

Memorial Day festivities ended in one fatality and multiple arrests in Newton County over the holiday weekend.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


25 new cougars on the prowl

On Saturday morning, Piedmont Academy held its 39th commencement exercises and awarded high school diplomas to 25 graduates in the school's gymnasium. The procession was lead by Headmaster Dr. Michael Rossi, the school's Board of Trustees, the school's faculty, junior class ushers and senior class mascots to "Largo" by Handel and "Pomp and Circumstance" by Elgar.

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bidding begins for gas providers

As the price of gas continues to rise, Covington is trying to save money and gain supply stability by purchasing in bulk. In April Covington joined the North Georgia Fuel Cooperative, a 16-local-government-agency cooperative that is pooling its fuel needs in an effort to secure less expensive gas prices.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future scholars of the arts

During the Southern Heartland Art Guild May 21, 2009 meeting, Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. awarded Cardinal Fund scholarships to 3 college-bound seniors, who are pursuing degrees in the visual arts. The Cardinal Fund was established in memory of James Hayes, with donations made by his wife, Lisa Hayes, of Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc. Susan Adams, SHA, Inc. Chairperson, presented checks to Alexandria Lester and Crystal Howell of Newton High and Malaceo Ivey of Alcovy High.

May 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Republicans to rally against taxes

Before the county's final budget work session at 7 p.m. today, the Newton County Republican Party will rally against a property tax increase at 6 p.m., today on the Square.

May 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local pastor honored for 22 years of service to Habitat

Tuesday the Rev. Billy Wade was honored for his 22-year tenure on the board of directors for the Newton County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

May 27, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


The Food Depot

Food Depot's believes in providing its customers with cost effective and quality groceries. The store has a weekly coupon circular that can be picked up in The Covington News or printed online at myfooddepot.com.

May 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

o Shernika Monique Jenkins, 26, 4308 Carroll St., Covington, May 12. Obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

May 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Republicans to hold rally against a property tax increase tomorrow

Before the county's final budget work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Newton County Republican Party will rally against a property tax increase at 6 p.m., tomorrow on the Square.

Elizabeth Christian, 1st vice chair of the local republican party, said the party opposes both increasing property taxes and cutting any public safety jobs. Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Newton County GOP Chairman Ester Fleming will speak at the rally.

May 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Commissioners weigh in on automated call

Newton County residents received automated phone calls Wednesday night opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects.

The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.

May 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jump for joy

 With Alcovy High School's graduation less than a week away, valedictorian Kimberly Rary and salutatorian Mary Wright are positively giddy at the thought of giving their speeches and accepting those hard-earned diplomas. The girls, who say they are good friends, have enjoyed their time in high school but are ready to move on and make their mark at their respective universities.

May 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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