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New Children’s book takes imagination to a whole new level

"Imagination Interactive Counting Coloring Book" is designed to help children develop their imaginations and sense of personal accomplishment, according to the book's creator.

July 02, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


Square Perk closes

After almost six years of serving local residents coffee, lunch and community fellowship, Square Perk Café has closed its doors starting Friday.

July 01, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New airport terminal celebrated

State, county and local dignitaries turned out early Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new terminal at the Covington Municipal Airport.

June 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington’s Fourth of July celebration to be bigger, brighter this year

As the two grand finales of fireworks went off simultaneously during the 2015 Independence on the Square in Covington, some spectators staring up at the ...

June 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Independence Day celebrations across Newton County

Several cities in Newton County are hosting celebrations for the 2016 Independence Day holiday. Check below for events in Covington, Oxford, Porterdale and Social Circle.

June 29, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


NCSO announces SWAT Team graduates

Several Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team members of the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) have completed or will complete specialized training at Barrow ...

June 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Go-to site for entertainment’ coming to Covington

A "one of a kind, massive, film, TV, music and video gaming production site" is close to coming to Covington.

June 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Alcovy, Flint Hill eligible for school choice

Flint Hill Elementary School and Alcovy High School have been identified by the Newton County School System (NCSS) as potentially eligible schools for school choice.

June 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding alternatives to gangs

It may just look like someone got creative with a spray can of paint, but law enforcement sees graffiti as a possible sign of gang ...

June 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hampton Inn Covington awarded 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award

The Hampton Inn Covington has received a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Senior Services receives new shuttle bus

Newton County Senior Services is the proud recipient of a new shuttle bus that will soon hit the road to transport senior residents to and ...

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three Newton County deputies graduate from Georgia Public Safety Training Center

The 286th Graduation Class of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center-Athens Academy held their graduation on June 10 at the Winder Community Center.

June 26, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Learning the signs of gang interest

Newton County Sheriff's Office Captain Keith Crum suggested that if parents start seeing gang symbols on their child's school, the need to pay ...

June 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Memorial honors former El Charro manager in wake of tragedy

Since the death of Enrique Ramirez Trejo, the El Charro family has banded together to support the Trejo family and one another.

June 26, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


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Social Circle mourns loss of Lemonds

Social Circle is grieving the loss of a man who dedicated 26 years of his life to his beloved town.

June 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech updates requested for schools

If approved next month, several Newton County schools could receive technology updates. Thanks, in part, to E-rate funding available this year.

June 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farewell, Charles

Charles King was a man from many different times, times he remembered well and enjoyed sharing with others.

June 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cooper out of D3 race due to health

Andre Cooper, who previously announced a run for the District 3 board of commissioners' seat, never officially qualified to run because of health issues.

June 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 15

Arthur D. Hardeman, theft by shoplifting, nolle pross. Theft by receiving misdemeanor, 12 months probation, 2 days confinement, $500. Stay away order.

June 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPTC student best hope for a cure, marrow transplant

Jamel Lockhart, a student at Georgia Perimeter College and an assistant manager at McDonald's, was born with Sickle Cell Anemia. His best hope for a cure is a marrow transplant. But first, he must find a genetically matched donor. Jamel is African American and he will most likely match someone of his own racial background. Unfortunately, of the more than 10 million members of the Be The Match Registry®, only 8 percent are African American.

June 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dead body found at local motel

A dead body was found Tuesday afternoon at the Covington Lodge after law enforcement officials were called in reference to a cardiac arrest situation.

June 14, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Ethics commission to talk Deal complaints

ATLANTA (AP) - The state ethics commission is set to meet Friday and is expected to discuss complaints involving Gov. Nathan Deal that are now at the center of a pair of lawsuits by two former commission employees.

June 14, 2012 | ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press | LOCAL


BOC candidate eligible to run for office

Anthony Flanagan, a Democratic for the District 3 board of commissioners seat, is allowed to run for office, having had that right restored after being convicted of a felony in early 1992, according to the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle Ridge keeps attitude positive

Middle Ridge Elementary may have the highest free and reduced lunch rate in the county and 20 percent of its students may be classified as Students with Disabilities, but none of this keeps MRES from working hard to be the best they can be at everything they do.

"The combination of the highest Free and Reduced lunch rate in the county at approximately 88 percent, combined with a Student with Disabilities population that equals 20 percent of the school population for the last three years offers unique challenges," said Principal Alan Satterfield. "Those challenges have been met and student achievement ...

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doctor to run for Sen. District 17

Dr. Nelva Lee of Locust Grove is running for State Senate District 17, focusing her platform on small business development and improving education.

Lee has a three-step plan to revitalize small business in the district.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local residents to celebrate freedom

While all Americans celebrate July 4, for many black Americans the celebration of Juneteenth holds even more meaning as it commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Convicted murderers ask for new trials

Two murderers, convicted on separate crimes, are both petitioning the court for new trials this summer, each for different reasons.

June 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Official: City residents not double taxed

After a court in Gwinnett County recently ruled that the county double taxed residents for services like fire, many Newton County residents are questioning whether they are also being double taxed for services.

Covington residents pay a 8.20 millage rate on top of the 10.91 county-wide millage rate, confirmed Covington City Manager Steve Horton and Newton County Manager John Middleton.

June 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech schools talk future job market

America remains the world's dominant superpower, but leaders and educators are worried by trends that show the competitiveness of the American worker continues to fall.

Cynthia Edwards is the vice president of institutional advancement for Georgia Piedmont Technical College, formerly known as DeKalb Tech, and her role is to spread the word about an institution dedicated to helping Georgians get job and Georgia remain competitive in recruiting industry.

June 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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