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Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL


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


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Yo Gabba Gabba stars are coming to the Mall at Stonecrest

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Mall at Stonecrest, the cast of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" make an exclusive appearance direct from the hit Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Meet Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon. Bring the kids, bring the camera and meet the stars of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" up close and personal like never before.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 represent Georgia horse competition

If 4-H'ers are challenged to start a revolution of responsibility, three Newton 4-H'ers are leading the revolution on studying hard and working as a team.

October 03, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County, school to talk local redistricting

Now that the state and federal districts have been redrawn, local redistricting is beginning in earnest.

October 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after fighting niece

A family fight in front of his 94-year-old mother led to the arrest of 58-year-old Willie Rogers Pitts Thursday night.

October 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tiger in a Tiara

Kate Palo was crowned Homecoming Queen of Alcovy High School Friday night when the Tigers beat Ola High School.

October 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy ends up in shootout

A Newton County deputy was shot at Saturday morning while assisting the U.S. Marshall's in apprehending a man wanted out of Ohio.

October 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 30

Robin L. Jones, violation of probation, revoke two years to prison.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman found dead in Newton County Jail

A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Robber quickly apprehended

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended just 30 minutes after robbing a gas station on Crowell Road Thursday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for registration approaches

This year's municipal elections could have a large affect on the future of Covington and Porterdale as both mayoral positions and six council seats will be contested.

September 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 30

Juan Luis Vega-Vazquez, 28, 1891 Access Road, Covington, Sept. 20. Open container, affixing tint to windows. License required (surrender of), improper lane usage.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Inside Worthington Manor

Benjamin Dameron has a sense of humor when it comes to his famous house.

September 30, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for needy families

The Tykes, Tots and Teens (TTT) Consignment Sale is looking to make one local family's Christmas much brighter by providing $500 in winter clothing and gifts for their children.

September 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Loyal Gas

It's all about propane.

September 28, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club holds Sept. meeting, presents service award

The Satsuki Garden Club held their September meeting at the Newton County Library on Sept. 12.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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