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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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Officers take “plunge” to kick off Special Olympics fundraising

Law enforcement agencies around the state raised $800 to kick off their annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics with a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Lake Lanier.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies arrive

Special delivery: Sisters Charlotte and Sarah McCauley of Girl Scout Troop 20319 in Atlanta collected 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during their annual fund raiser to send to our deployed troops. With the help of Operation Sandbox and National Guard soldiers, the boxes were delivered to the National Guard Armory in Covington Wednesday morning in preparation to be sent overseas.

February 25, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The champs take the Capitol

Special recognition: The state-champion Piedmont Academy football team, coaching staff, managers, ball boys and cheerleaders were invited to the golden dome of Georgia's state capitol by State Rep. Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Sen. Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title and completing an undefeated, 13-game season.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teacher on probation, fined for duct-taping student

CANTON. - Authorities say a Woodstock High School teacher accused of duct-taping an autistic boy to a chair and confining a girl under a desk has been sentenced to six years of probation and $2,000 in fines.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle man charged with child molestation

A 25-year-old Social Circle man remains in the Newton County Jail on charged of child molestation.

February 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Savannah students make gold teeth video

SAVANNAH, Ga. - With their principal's encouragement, a group of Savannah High School students wrote a song about a fixture in hip-hop culture - removable gold teeth known as grills.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thundershowers likely tonight

There's a 90 percent chance of rain and thundershowers after midnight in Newton County, but any severe weather likely will be confined to northwest Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Children killed in meth fire buried

DALTON, Ga. - More than 100 people attended the burial Wednesday of three young children killed in a suburban Atlanta house fire.

The mourners wept as the three tiny white coffins - adorned by floral sprays of white roses and white carnations - were lowered into the Georgia red clay.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pollen count soaring

Experts say warm weather has ushered in high pollen levels in Georgia, and the peak season hasn't even arrived yet.

WSB-TV reports that the higher temperatures in recent weeks have led to a surging pollen count.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mary Arnwine is volunteer of the year

Mary Arnwine volunteers at so many places she has trouble keeping track. She works with the Sunday school and Stephen ministry groups at First United Methodist Church, delivers flower arrangements to nursing homes, bakes cookies for the library, is involved in the Covington Women's Club and is a fantastic mother.

February 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

The winners of the 50th anniversary Little Mr. and Miss Newton pageant held at Alcovy High School on Saturday were:

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 23

o James Turbyfield, violation of probation, revoke 2 years; theft by taking, 10 years probation, 2 years confinement, $1,000, stay away order; simple battery, 12 months probation concurrent, $500; hindering emergency worker, 12 months probation concurrent, $500, stay away order, anger management class.

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


K-9 sleuth a Hometown Hero

Pete the bloodhound has been described as many things. Not only is he stubborn, but he is hard-working and dedicated. He's also a hero, at least to one little girl who was lost in the woods.

February 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber makes economic development hire

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has hired its economic development leader.

February 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9-1-1: By the numbers

Covington/Newton County 911 has released its annual report and calls have exceeded the 110,000 mark for 2010, increasing 4 percent since 2009, but without an increase in staff.

February 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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