Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), along with event co-host, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, unveiled to an audience of industry executives, public officials and potential students, GPTC's new Design and Media Production Technology (DMPT) and Recording Arts Technology (RART) programs and facility. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, held at the DeKalb campus, provided guests the opportunity to meet students and learn first-hand of the cutting edge academic programs as they toured the Mac Lab and the television and production studio.
Every public school in the county was empty Monday morning, but that's not to say teachers and employees weren't preparing for the first day of school.
After four public hearings and scores of pointed questions about the 2050 Plan, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is calling for help. County Chairman Keith Ellis told the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon that a citizens' panel will soon be formed to delve into the intricacies of the plan.
The City of Covington will present some amendments to its fire code ordinance at Monday's city council meeting after reaching a consensus on it in a work session Tuesday.
When kids are asked what they want to be when they grow up, how many actually become the firefighter or astronaut or professional football player they claim destined to become? As one local teacher sticks decorations on her classroom walls, arranges textbooks and clears students' desks, she is doing exactly that.
The Porterdale Yak Club sold out last weekend, and a worldwide trending hobby – that is not kayaking – may be part of an explanation.
Tonight's 2050 Plan public hearing will have a format far different than the previous three hearings on the 200-page plan.
Newton Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting a Uniforms & Scrubs Sale Monday, Aug. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 7 a.m. to noon.
There are several ways to familiarize yourself with the history of the iconic flying machine of the Vietnam War, the Bell Helicopter Co. UH-1 "Huey."
Newton County 4-H member Flannery Peay (on right) represented Northwest District at State 4-H Congress this week at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Atlanta. She competed in Performing Arts Instrumental, one of the largest projects in the state, and finished in fourth place. As part of the competition, Peay completed a year's portfolio work including performing arts work, leadership and service, then also arranged her own four-minute old-time fiddle piece. She was accompanied by County Extension Agent Terri Fullerton.
Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens, Georgia has something for everyone. A short drive from Newton and Rockdale counties, this zoo offers a wide variety of wild animals. Here you can find a owls, bears, an American bald eagle and a reptile house with a variety of snakes and alligators. Volunteers educated on each of the animals are on hand to answer questions and offer a hands-on visit with some of the wildlife. The Bear Hollow Zoo is free for all visitors. Zoo hours are 9 to 5 seven days a week. For more info, call 706-613-3616.
Nancy Harvill said people have been asking her why so many City of Covington employees are walking around town recently.
One local school principal will have his schedule full with the opportunity to make a step toward the future of Georgia's education.
About 1,357 Snapping Shoals EMC members turned out for the 76th annual shareholders' meeting at the Georgia International Horse Park Thursday, July 24.
Business activity is picking up in Newton County as eight industries, totaling 2,000 jobs, are considering locating in Newton County, industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said Friday.
Mansfield Elementary School plants tree in memory of Newton County school bus driver Barbara Schemmel
The 2014 Newton County Special Olympics officially kicked off Monday at Sharp Stadium, showering its athletes with adoration with the opening Parade of Athletes.
Michelle Nunn, widely expected to be the Democratic candidate for the vacant U.S. Senate seat this November, stopped by Porterdale Sunday for a fundraising event.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter gave the keynote speech at the Newton County Democratic Party's Paint the Town Blue Affair, a fundraising dinner.
The Crowell Road I-20 interchange can confuse drivers because there are two stoplights – the one for the I-20 ramp and the one for the Access Road – separated by barely 100 feet, and it's led to some traffic backups and safety issues over the years.
Newton County officials hope to get more state and federal money next year after hiring a grant writing firm.
NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey (far left) and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President Hunter Hall (far right) presented the Newton County Farm Bureau, represented by Crystal Powell-Hyatt and Keith Mitcham, with the Partner of the Year award at the Partners in Education breakfast May 7 for working the Middle Ridge Elementary School, represented by Principal Michael Forehand (second to right).
Newton County officials are turning to social media to try to get citizens more involved in government and community initiatives.
Former, longtime Mansfield mayor Bill Cocchi died early Friday morning after complications from heart surgery, leaving behind a legacy of caring passionately about Mansfield and its people.
A heavy equipment seller and maintenance company is opening a location in Atlanta, a move that industrial recruiter Dave Bernd said will provide high-wage jobs and provide a boost to local sales tax revenue.
Music, music, music!
When Bobby Weaver rescued his dog, King, the second time, he promised he would never let anything happen to him again.
Local professionals, volunteers and residents gathered between walls and under the sun to commemorate small-town history and celebrate future opportunity in Porterdale Wednesday afternoon.
Update: I-20 was not closed this weekend because of the weather. The lanes will next be closed beginning May 16.