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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


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Your Friday briefing

The weekend is upon us. Here's a roundup of what you need to know from Associatate Press to get your day going:

July 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Conquering the Criterium

Bike riding has long been a passion of Brian Lord.

July 22, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Chief financial officer to retire Dec. 15

Newton County Chief Financial Officer John Middleton will retire Dec. 15, after more than 11 years with the county, to spend more time with family and pursue other opportunities.

July 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three arrested for Cowan Road beating

Three men were arrested Thursday for the beating and armed robbery of another man on Cowan Road.

July 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man exposes himself at local eatery

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself Wednesday evening to employees of Bradley's Bar-B-Que on Church Street downtown.

July 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Your Thursday briefing

Good morning! Here's a roundup of what's happening in the world today:

July 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Cycling Gran Prix comes to Newton

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wolverine Gym recognized for history

For a historian like Flemmie Pitts, being able to walk into the renovated Wolverine Gym is an experience to treasure.

July 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch out for lightning

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for excessive lightning in Newton, Morgan and Jasper Counties until 6:15 p.m. Here's the radar.

July 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Your Wednesday briefing

Good day!

July 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Entreprenuers remain active in Newton

Angie Day found herself earlier this year without full-time work, and the proposition of taking another paralegal job wasn't enticing.

July 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man's truck strikes girlfriend

A Covington man was arrested early Saturday after allegedly running his girlfriend over with his truck.

July 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


From Broadway to Covington

The Arts Association's first Musical Theatre Camp will present a medley of Broadway songs and choreography at 7 p.m. Friday at Newton High School's Porter Auditorium.

July 19, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Bunco group donates to library

Mary Mansker heard the Newton County Library System was short on money, so she and the Surrey Chase neighborhood Bunco group decided they would help by donating money from their monthly game gathering.

July 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Your briefing for Tuesday

Good morning:

July 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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