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Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Lions’ Share

On Thursday, June 24, the Covington Lions held their New Officer Installation Banquet.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Insurance Program resumes issuing policies

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friends of WSCC pledge $3,000 in donations

The Friends of Washington Street Community Center continues to grow and 36 donors have pledged more than $3,000 in 2010.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia hosts peanut butter and jelly food drive

Bank of North Georgia will host its third annual Back-to-School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit 27 local food pantries that are located near the bank's 43 branches. The drive will be Monday, July 12, through Saturday, July 31, during normal banking hours.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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