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Covington approves rezoning at Highway 142 and Alcovy Road

COVINGTON - The Covington City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request for a retail shopping center on the corner of Ga. Highway 142 and Alcovy Road. The action came at the council's Sept. 18 meeting. Southpoint Land Company LLC of Buford made the request to rezone 5.48 acres from M2 - heavy


Vehicles entered and damaged at Covington hotels; 2 guns stolen

COVINGTON, Ga. -Investigators with the Covington Police Department (CPD) are looking for the person or people responsible for breaking into several vehicles at a local hotel overnight Tuesday. Two handguns were reported stolen. According to multiple CPD incident reports, officers responded to the Ha

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Piedmont Academy music class visits Covington concert

COVINGTON, Ga. - The High School Music Appreciation Class, taught by Mrs. April Allen, took a field trip to the Covington Square to watch a free concert. A joint venture with The Newton County Arts Association and Main Street Covington, the"Live at Lunch Concert" series is on the square every Thurs

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Hundreds attend regional job fair in Newton County

Hundreds of people are attending a regional job fair on the main campus of Georgia Piedmont Technical College Wednesday, looking for employment with more than 40 businesses. (Staff Photos: Larry Stanford) Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) is greeting applicants as they enter. Hice coordinated the region


Confederate statue likely topic at Monday town hall meeting

COVINGTON - Newton County commissioners will hold a town hall meeting Monday to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from their elected officials. One of the topics likely to be explored is whether or not the Confederate memorial statue on the historic Covington Square will


Newton Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Sharonda Tarplin, math teacher at Cousins Middle School, is embraced by her mother after she was named one of Newton County's three finalists for teacher of the year. (Staff Photos: Joe Adgie) Sharonda Tarplin, math teacher at Cousins Middle School, is congratulated by Newton County superintendent S


New movies this week: Kingsman, Legos and social-media horrors

Channing Tatum and Halle Berry star in the action-movie sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," opening Friday in theaters. Giles Keyte/Twentieth Century FoxPhoto Credit: Giles Keyte/Twentieth Century Fox The Kingsman crew meets the Stateman staff, the Lego Movie Universe expands and a horror flick fo


Andy Serkis remembers 'incredible' Carrie Fisher

Andy Serkis feels privileged to have got to know the late Carrie Fisher because she was such an "incredible human being". The 53-year-old actor plays Supreme Leader Snoke in the new 'Star Wars' trilogy and although he didn't get to shoot any scenes with Carrie - who passed away last December - for '


Domhnall Gleeson wants big screen reunion with Margot Robbie

Domhnall Gleeson wants to work with Margot Robbie again. The two actors have worked together on two movies - 'About Time' and 'Goodbye Christopher Robin' - and are set to star alongside each other in the upcoming 'Peter Rabbit' film, and Gleeson hopes their working relationship "continues over the y


Jaeden Lieberher wants Ewan McGregor as Bill in IT sequel

Jaeden Lieberher wants Ewan McGregor to play an older Bill in the 'IT' sequel. The 14-year-old actor stars as the leader of The Loser's Club in Andres Muschietti re-imagining of the Stephen King 1986 novel, which follows a group of youngsters who are faced with their biggest fears when they square o


Gal Gadot in talks to star in Deeper

Gal Gadot is reportedly in talks to star alongside Bradley Cooper in 'Deeper'. The 32-year-old actress is wanted to appear alongside the Hollywood star in the new thriller movie, which has been penned by Max Landis. The film is being produced by Landis and David Goyer, and if a deal can be closed be


Taron Egerton promises 'dark' Robin Hood movie

Taron Egerton says 'Robin Hood: Origins' will be "grittier and darker" than previous film adaptations of the classic story. The 27-year-old actor is set to take on the role of the titular heroic outlaw, and has promised that the action adventure feature will be "less Robin Hood-y" than the 2010 movi


Piedmont Home Health opens new facility

Piedmont Home Health hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, in partnership with the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate the opening of the new home health location on the Piedmont Newton Hospital campus. The addition of this service means that Piedmont Home


This week in art-house cinema: Tommy Morrison, 'The Warriors' and 'Wall Street'

Classic movies, cult movies and specialty documentaries fill a busy week in specialty films on Tulsa's movie screens. NEW AT CIRCLE CINEMA "Tommy": A special preview screening of ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary about Oklahoma boxer Tommy Morrison, including a discussion with the filmmakers, the boxer


Movie review: 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' still irreverent comedy, but it's missing a few pieces

Most animated films based on mass-produced toys have been direct-to-video flicks, and there's a reason for that: They have often served as video-babysitters to keep the littlest ones calm for a short time. Barbie, My Little Pony, Care Bears - some parents are far too familiar with their exploits. Wh


Social Circle Fire, Shire partner for training

Shire and the Social Circle Fire Department have formed a partnership that's providing safety support for Shire's operations while providing the Fire Department with tens of thousands of dollars of specialized training and equipment that will have broader impact across the community. Shire employees


Child's Voice to aid other child advocacy centers damaged by hurricanes

A Child's Voice Child Advocacy Center Inc., a non-profit working in the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, has made a donation to the child advocacy centers serving Houston, Texas, and plans to do similarly for those affected by Hurricane Irma in Georgia. A Child's Voice is an accredited member of the Nationa


Newton Board of Education approves 2018-19 calendar

COVINGTON - The first day of school for Newton County students next year will be Wednesday, Aug. 1. The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved the new calendar at Tuesday evening's meeting. The calendar was one of two choices offered to members of the public in a survey in August. Acc


Costley Mill Park Open House Oct. 7

CONYERS - Rockdale residents are invited to an open house at Costley Mill to see the county's newest park. The official grand opening is spring 2018, but citizens can tour the grounds, learn about planned improvements, speak one-on-one with members of the Board of Commissioners, and meet the Parks a


Dwayne Johnson 'dies' in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Dwayne Johnson dies more than once in 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'. The 45-year-old wrestler-turned-actor stars as Dr. Smolder Bravestone in the new Jake Kasdan reimagining of the 1995 movie 'Jumanji' - starring the late Robin Williams - and revealed that all the characters undergo multiple, ons