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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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Lobbyists push Sunday liquor sales

ATLANTA (AP) - Most any day the Georgia Legislature is in session, you can find lobbyist Jim Tudor of Newborn in an anteroom steps from the House chamber clad in an apron. Tudor is dishing out food for state lawmakers, something he's been doing for years as the face of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, whose members want to be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

The push to win passage of Sunday alcohol sales appears to operate on a simple assumption: The best way to win a lawmaker's vote is through his stomach.

March 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The Oaks ramps up for the Masters

The Oaks course is bustling with activity as the Masters fast approaches. It's been seasonably warm as spring has arrived and summer fast approaches. Perhaps that's why the greens over at The Oaks course are already, well, green. They're normally playable throughout the year but with the warm weather, the course is in near mid-season form already.

March 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Not too late to help in Clean-up today

You can do your part to clean up Newton County by volunteering for the Great Amercian Clean-up today.

March 26, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Strong storms possible today

Rain should hold off this morning, but there's a good chance of thunderstorms, some possibly severe, after noon across Newton County.

March 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Gunman surrenders in Athens

ATHENS - Holding five hostages in an apartment surrounded by police, the suspect in the slaying of a Georgia police officer made an unusual request to negotiators - he wanted to surrender on live TV.

March 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Outdoor burning ban in effect today

Wildfires across Georgia are putting a strain on firefighting capacities and led to a ban on outdoor burning, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

March 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


State unemployment fund going broke

ATLANTA - State officials are trying to figure out how to meet Georgia's unemployment insurance obligations.

More than 191,000 Georgians received unemployment insurance payments last week. Labor Department officials said the jobless will get their checks, but say the fund is running out of money.

March 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton could undergo redistricting in 2012

One of the most direct effects of the 2010 Census data will be the redrawing of Newton County's five commission districts, likely in 2012, to ensure that each resident has equal representation.

March 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smiley’s opens in new location

Elvis is back in the building.

March 25, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Lakemper takes stand

Cobey Wade Lakemper told jurors on Thursday in his death penalty case that the downward spiral of his life that led to the shooting of Wendy Cartledge-Carter in 2005 all started when his fiancée left him and took their young son with her.

March 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County could appeal census total

Newton County officials are convinced that the county has more than 100,000 people, and they're crunching numbers to make a case to appeal the official 2010 U.S. Census count of 99,958.

March 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court sentencings - March 25

Jack R. Olinger, disorderly conduct. 12 months probation, $200.

March 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman charged with murder in boyfriend's death

A Covington woman has been arrested by Walton County authorities and charged with the March 18 murder of her boyfriend.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gunmen rob Newton teen

Two men with handguns reportedly robbed a Newton County teen Sunday night as he was walking home.

March 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two charged in graveyard vase thefts in Henry County

MCDONOUGH, Ga. - Henry County police say two people have been charged with stealing bronze flower vases from a cemetery.

March 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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