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Federal marijuana bill gives hope to GA families

Mike Hopkins had given up on bringing his family back from Colorado to Covington this year, but a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday would effectively legalize cannabis oil on a federal level, removing a major barrier to getting his daughter, Mikayla, the treatment she needs in Georgia.

March 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Kelsey's law passes unanimously in House

Kelsey's Law, which was inspired by the story of a brave Oxford girl, passed unanimously in the state House Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton discusses legislation with school board

Georgia House of Representative Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, made an appearance at the Newton County School Board meeting Tuesday night to discuss a slew of legislation that will affect the Newton County School System.

March 11, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Georgia's First Lady visits Oak Hill Elementary

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Oak Hill Elementary School Wednesday morning as part of the Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that supports increased childhood literacy in the state.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless shelter receives $50,000 in merchandise

Virginia Tinsley, head of the North Georgia Methodist Homeless Council has known Rev. Clara Lett, and her good work operating the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless and Transitional Housing Center in Newton County since 2001. Rev. Lett's church and the Porter Memorial United Methodist Church in Porterdale worked together to support this ministry in Porterdale. It was moved to Covington after the Covington Housing Authority purchased three buildings at Turner Lake Circle in Covington in 2007.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Coming Up: The origins of Conyers' St. Patrick's Parade, safety against online predators, and more

Coming up, in the March 11 Wednesday Digital Edition: We catch up with the founding fathers of Conyers' World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade and hear how this beloved tradition started and how their spirit of irreverence endures; What parents should know about the world of social media, phone apps, texting and chatting when it comes to keeping kids safe from online predators. Also, Publisher Pat Cavanaugh interviews a special guest, Publisher T. Pat Cavanaugh. Click here on Wednesday to read more.

March 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Covington man meeting teen for sex arrested

A local man who believed he was meeting a 14-year-old female at a local gas station for a sexual encounter was instead met and arrested by RCSO investigators last week.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford resident Claude Sitton dies at 89

ATLANTA (AP) - Journalist Claude Sitton, who set the pace for reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday. He was 89.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County Budget Review Tonight!

The Newton County FY2016 budget review will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Services Headquarters on 278.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young Professionals group launches in Newton

A new group for the county's upcoming generation of workers is helping young people entering the workforce feel a little more established in Newton County.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County's The Voice contestant

Drew Parker delivered his singing talents to judges on NBC's The Voice and television viewers worldwide during the program's audition episode. The Newton County resident visited The Covington News to share his story with us.

March 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No signs of foul play in missing man's death

The body of missing Newton County resident Ralph Michael Garland was found in Jackson Lake Saturday by a search party organized by his family. His remains were found within sight of his residence.

March 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD unit cracks down on drugs

A stretch of 19 photos lined a long table at the Covington Police Department with large bags of marijuana next to some, small bags next to others and other drug paraphernalia accompanying yet other photos of people recently taken off the streets of Covington.

March 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County under the gun over landfill deal

Newton County's Board of Commissioners is under pressure to accept a settlement to privatize operation of the public landfill or face a lawsuit that could cost the county tens of millions.

March 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Man steals, sells dead man’s grill

A woman called the Covington Police Department to complain that her ex-boyfriend had stolen her dead son's gold grill and pawned it.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Molestation case ends with mistrial

Though they deliberated for several hours, a jury was unable to agree on the guilt or innocence of Steve Anthony Lam and a mistrial was declared in the child molestation case against him.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheetos fight

Two women were arrested after a fight over a bag of Cheetos led to deputies being called out to their Kirkland Road apartment.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rep. Dickerson against redistricting maps

After the 2012 election, Newton County is expected to have more voices at the state than ever before.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Slaves graves re-consecrated

"Out of the huts of history's shame

September 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Honoring the dead

Dozens gathered in the Covington Cemetery to re-consecrate more than 300 unmarked graves found - many of them believed to belong to slaves.

September 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two juveniles fight in church parking lot

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Hebron World Church after two juveniles starting fighting in the parking lot.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen breaks grandmother's ankle

A Covington teen is behind bars after allegedly shoving his grandmother, causing her to break her ankle.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Angry patient banned from office

Employees at a local doctor's office called for deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office after a regular patient yelled and threw things at the office staff.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Sept. 4

Learn to make cheap food taste like a gourmet meal with a few simple tricks and some good, solid cooking know how. Cooking isn't some natural born talent. It's a skill just like any other and practice makes perfect.

September 04, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Dr. Patton’s office to partner with Emory University

The Emory Healthcare system continues its aggressive expansion in the Atlanta market, as it finalized an agreement Thursday to bring Newton Medical Associates into its primary care network.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No surprises in Covington mayor race

Rumors were flying around town Friday about last-minute entrants into the Covington mayor's race, but at the end of the day no one else stepped forward.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Busy year for city candidate qualifying

It's a busy year for city elections in Newton County with five city mayors and 16 city council members up for election in Newton County and Social Circle in 2011, plus two school board seats in Social Circle.

September 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury hears 2008 child molestation case

More than three years since the accusation was first made, 47-year-old Steve Anthony Lam was in court to face charges that he molested his children's friend in the summer of 2008.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juvenile kicked out of daycare after running off

Officers were called to Sharp Learning Center after an Ombudsman student reportedly ran away from his teacher and into the woods Wednesday afternoon.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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