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PUBLIC HEARING ON LANDFILL TONIGHT

Newton County's Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse, to discuss a proposed settlement that would privatize operations of the landfill. Read up on the issue here, here, and here. A copy of the full text of the proposal can be found on the county's website here.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County revenues fall short of spending

County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county's General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Deal visits Newton County

Gov. Nathan Deal visited the Newton County FFA-FCCLA camp Thursday night to speak to members of the Piedmont Cattleman's Association.

August 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road worries not over at Airport Road

Concerns from parents attempting to navigate back to school traffic at Flint Hill Elementary may have dissipated, but road worries are far from over for Airport Road and Ga. Highway 142.

August 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One robbery suspect dead, other jailed

One of the suspects in Thurdsay's robbery of Bank of North Georgia has died.

August 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn votes to keep millage rate from rising

Newborn voted to keeps its millage stable at 1.935, despite a 7.7 percent reduction in property values.

August 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia robbed

Two men who reportedly robbed the Bank of North Georgia at the intersection of Salem and Old Salem this afternoon have been arrested.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2nd man arrested for armed robbery

A second man was arrested Saturday and charged with the May robbery at Bailey's Food Pride.

August 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington panhandler arrested for meth

A man panhandling in a gas station parking lot was arrested for possession of methamphetamine late Friday evening.

August 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Steve Jones appointed deputy coroner

The county coroner position in Georgia is one of the state's quirky institutions.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents upset by new power line

Some Mansfield city residents are unhappy with plans to place new power lines right through the middle of their neighborhood on County Road 213, and they're planning to discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mansfield Community Center, 3158 Ga. Highway 11.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The faces of Chimney Park

There are two new reasons to visit Chimney Park located behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd Street, in Covington. Chainsaw artist Ben Eidson of Shady Dale turned his chainsaw loose on the massive trunk of an oak that fell during the spring storms and created an interesting bench with three seating areas, perfect for a peaceful afternoon's rest. Then he turned his attention to creating a mystical face of a wood nymph in the trunk of a dead tree near the storytelling area.

August 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local woman charged in 2009 car death

Nearly two years since the car accident that claimed the life of a 67-year-old retired DOT worker, the woman accused of causing the accident entered a pre-trial order in Superior Court Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man guilty of taking ex hostage

When a 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road Sept. 19, 2010 she told authorities she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her. That man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that incident Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


U.S. 278 railroad crossing being paved

The railroad crossing at U.S. Highway 278 near West Street will be paved over beginning Aug. 8. Although the road will remain open to traffic, travelers can expect single lane closures in the area from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Aug. 11.

August 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Making a Miracle

The second annual Let's Make a Miracle Car & Bike Show was held yesterday at Turner Lake Complex. Cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display and several vendors sold food, such as bar-b-que and funnel cakes.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club of Covington installs officers

The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2011-2012 Officer Installation on Thursday, June 16 at First Presbyterian Church. The officers are: President, Mary Barnes; President Elect, Theresa Shields; Treasurer, Alice Phillips; Secretary, Terry Ziemer; Directors, Ann Brooks, Sharon Leduc and Jessica Morris. Pictured (l-r): Jessica Morris, Theresa Shields, Mary Barnes, Terry Ziemer, Ann Brooks.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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