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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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Grants in for I-20 pedestrian bridge

Covington has received $500,000 in state grants to place a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 20, parallel to the Ga. Highway 81 overpass.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rail proponents nearly out of options

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 not to purchase the out-of-use Norfolk Southern railroad corridor Tuesday night, joining the Covington City Council in bowing out of the controversial discussion.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Naked man arrested running on U.S. 278

A man found wandering naked down Chaney Drive, later escaped hospital staff and began running down Ga. Highway 278 - with nothing but an IV on earlier today.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drivers beware: Bump robberies on rise

WINDER - Police in the north Georgia city of Winder are warning motorists about crimes they describe as "bump robberies," when a suspect bumps a car and then robs the occupants.

June 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Looking for Livers

Two Newton County residents are in need of liver transplants, and a local church is helping them out.

June 10, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Man charged after sex with tween

A 28-year-old Covington man has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met online.

June 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Storms give short respite from heat

Strong storms rocked Newton County and environs on Thursday, dropping the temperature into the low 80s in a brief respite from the two weeks of 90-degree heat.

June 09, 2011 | | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorm warning in Walton

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective until 5 p.m. for Walton County.

June 09, 2011 | | LOCAL


FBI looking for Decatur bank robbers

The FBI needs your help in identifying and locating bandits who robbed the Bank of America branch at 2850 Candler Road in Decatur on Wednesday.

June 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom charged with throwing baby in trash

ALBANY - Authorities say a south Georgia mother is facing charges after they say she concealed her baby's death by throwing the infant into a trash can.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Home invasion turns deadly in Waycross

WAYCROSS - Authorities say a 49-year-old Waycross man was shot to death and a woman was wounded during a home invasion.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Suburban party leads to 29 arrests

ALPHARETTA - Police say 29 people are facing charges after police broke up a large party, cited several teenagers and took four adults into custody.

June 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Georgia revenues inch up in May

ATLANTA - Georgia revenues crept up 2.5 percent in May, the 11th straight month that tax collections in the state have risen.

June 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sunday package sales on Covington ballot

Covington residents will have a chance in the November General Election to vote on Sunday alcohol package sales.

June 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Clubs play host to state Supreme Court justice

Covington's Kiwanis and Rotary clubs met in a joint session on Tuesday with a guest speaker, Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines of Marietta. According to Judge Hines, the most pressing problem facing Georgia is the rise in the number of single-parent households. Children in single-parent households are at risk for poverty and for ending up in the court system. "It hurts your heart. It's extremely expensive," he said. Four Newton County Superior Court judges attended the meeting. Attendees included (left to right): Judge Horace Johnson Jr., Judge John Ott, Judge Hines, Judge Ken Wynne and Judge ...

June 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


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