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Dance studio revival

Dancers and parents banded together for the grand opening of the Rhythm Elements Dance Studio Saturday morning in Porterdale in the space that was abandoned by the previous owner.

August 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Cell tower resurrected, approved

A lawsuit over the cell tower denied by the Covington City Council last month isn't something the city can likely win, Mayor Ronnie Johnston said. That's why he changed his vote at Monday's council meeting to break a tie and approve a shorter version of the tower than originally requested.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital struggling with uninsured, underinsured

A month ago, Newton Medical Center officials asked the county to up its millage from 1.2 to 1.5 to help care for ever-increasing numbers of under- and uninsured patients. The county dismissed it, citing a tight budget and a tighter timeframe. The $600,000 that the extra millage would have provided didn't come through.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor heads to Gwinnett

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


‘Project Honeycomb’ gets hefty offer from city

"Project Honeycomb" is a local company interested in re-locating within the city of Covington, investing millions in new equipment and expanding its workforce. That's all anybody not on the Covington City Council or with the Newton County Office of Economic Development knows at this point.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City demands seven seats on 2050 panel, but county overrides

The idea was for a 13-member citizens' panel to focus on the details of the 2050 Plan's minimum lot sizes and the proposed "transferrable development rights." But things are in flux.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


County denies city's request for more panel members

The Newton County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday dismissed the city of Covington's request for six more members on the planned 2050 citizens' panel, quickly reaching a consensus that 13 was the number of members originally agreed upon and there was no reason to change that.

August 05, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Company recaptures stolen tow truck in chase and crash

When a Loganville company's signature rollback tow truck - custom painted with blue streaks on red - was stolen in broad daylight, the employees of Leadfoot Transport took matters into their own hands.

August 05, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington cell tower approved second time around

The Covington City Council reversed a decision to deny a cell tower on Monticello Road at its Monday night meeting, voting 4-3 to approve a 169-foot tower rather than a 199-foot tower as originally proposed.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Covington asks for seven on 2050 panel

The Covington City Council decided to level the playing field or just not play when it comes to the 2050 Plan.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Chief assessor leaves county

Newton County Chief Assessor Tommy Knight will leave the job he's held for 18 years at week's end for a position with Gwinnett County.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police find missing teen

Missing teen Ryan Atkinson has been found and "is safe," according to Sgt. Cortney Morrison of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Police search for autistic teen

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a missing local teen.

August 04, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


No 2050 referendum: A legal view

An idea tossed around since the 2050 Plan was unveiled – to submit it to a voter referendum – just doesn't seem possible, attorney Jenny Carter of W M Thomas Craig Attorneys wrote in an opinion presented to the plan's designers and local elected officials.

August 02, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


New improvements

Students will see principals and assistant principals walking through classrooms more this school year as they complete requirements for the implementation of new teacher evaluations.

August 02, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Two youths charged after child hit with stick

Two juveniles were charged with battery Friday after reportedly attacking another juvenile with a stick.

January 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Family Y holds open house

Shaping up: Residents resolved to live healthier in 2011 attended the Covington Family Y's open house Saturday, where instructors helped them meet their fitness goals. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., residents toured the Y, used its exercise equipment and participated in a group exercise class. The Y is at 2140 Newton Drive. Classes were offered on the hour and included Zumba, BodyPump, yoga, pilates and cycling. Drawings were held for three-month memberships. See cvy.ymcaatlanta.org or call (770) 787-3908 for more information or to see a schedule of the exercise classes.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young hunters take on skills challenge

Young hunters from across the state gathered at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield on Saturday to participate in the annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge event.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jury duty “an important responsibility”

As the year begins, so do trials in the Newton County Judicial System. And although many cases can be handled without one, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.

January 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebration to honor MLK

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County aims to help underinsured

Newton County officials believe they could receive federal stimulus money to open a health center in the county that would be able to more efficiently serve residents who have Medicaid or are uninsured.

January 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools must reschedule games

Last week's winter storm caused havoc throughout Newton County. It has also put the county's basketball teams in a situation where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Alcovy and Newton.

January 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


MLK celebration Sunday

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y to hold open house Saturday

If you've been cooped up all week by the ice and cold, the Covington Family Y is staging an open house on Saturday that can help you get moving again.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer winter prediction falls flat

Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Work, services resume after roads clear

The cost of this week's winter weather won't be fully known until next week, but Covington has spent at least $26,718 this week on labor and materials.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scott positioned to rise in GOP ranks

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) has been making the national media rounds the past two weeks, sharing his views on the upcoming year after being voted president of the largest Republican Congressional freshman class in U.S. history.

January 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful wins $1K

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful has received $1,000 from Keep America Beautiful, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three recycling centers closing today

The county's recycling centers on Covington ByPass, McGiboney and Piper roads are all closing shortly because there is too much ice at those locations. They will reopen at noon on Friday, said Laurie Riley, with the Newton County Department of Development Services.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two dead in Ga. Highway 11 wreck

Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.

January 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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