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Medical marijuana: Caught between two bills but on track to pass

When State Representative Allen Peake was first asked about medical marijuana by a reporter in January 2014, his response was swift and dismissive.

December 09, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS announces System Student Growth Percentile Data

The State Department of Education (GDOE) has released the State Student Growth Model (GSGM), a metric for parents and educators to better understand and analyze the progress students make from year to year.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Federal introduces Kasasa

Newton Federal Bank becomes the next financial institution in Georgia to launch Kasasa checking.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man left Waffle House driving with beer, gin, vodka

A man was driving with an open beer, bottle of vodka and bottle of gin after being told to leave a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

December 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa photos at The News Thursday

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford's roots run deep

The city of Oxford is another year older - and it's people, another year wiser.

December 06, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Christmas comes to town

Santa came to town this weekend, as Christmas activities dotted the Newton County calendar. Friday, along with the Grinch visiting the Covington Square and Santa Claus visiting The Covington News, Porterdale held its annual Christmas Parade. The Porterdale Police department and its K-9 unit led the way, and the Newton High School Sound Factory band heralded Santa Claus pulled in his sleigh by two live reindeer. Saturday the Covington Lions Club held its annual parade, with 100 floats and marching bands going through Floyd Street and the Square, before Santa Claus paraded his way into town. Various other concerts filled ...

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Medical marijuana bill to be proposed

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

December 06, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Purple Heart for ‘Mama Bear’

Maj. Patty Justice was awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Walk of Heroes Veterans memorial at Black Shoals park in Rockdale. She was wounded on Aug. 7, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while she was serving as a surgical nurse at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan. Visits CovNews.com to see her Veteran's Story.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless, hopeful

Emmett Mauzy and his family had a tough time staying at the home of someone who he thought was a friend and needed to leave. As the Mauzy family approached its storage unit where all its possessions were stored, things went from bad to terrible to horrific.

December 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle of Lights

Social Circle's Lighting of the Tree will take place today at 5:30 p.m.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths

Rockdale and Newton officials answered youths' questions about racial disparities in policing and government at an extraordinary forum held Dec. 3 at Springfield Baptist Church in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

December 06, 2014 | John Ruch | LOCAL


Twilights at Chimney Park

Christmas is right around the corner.

December 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Six Piper Road businesses broken in to

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has no suspects and no witnesses in the break-ins that occurred along Piper Road last weekend.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery suspect arrested

A Covington man was arrested Wednesday night, after a robbery left someone shot in the right elbow and in an Atlanta hospital Tuesday.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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With drought over, water restrictions eased

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday as the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


911 dispute close to solution

Porterdale received answers to all of its 911 Center questions, but it still wasn't satisfied with the amount of money it had to pay for emergency dispatch services. However, Porterdale, Covington and Newton County accomplished more in Tuesday's 45-minute joint work session than they did in the previous few months of back and forth discussion.
The only issue remaining between Porterdale and Covington and Newton County is how Porterdale's share of 911 dispatch fees is calculated. Porterdale argues that it should only pay for the calls generated by its police department and city officials, not for the ...

June 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DAR awards Bellairs

Honored: Betty Bellairs, center, recently received the Community Service Award presented by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The award and pin were presented by the Sergeant Newton Chapter DAR, which sponsored her for her tireless work on behalf of the local animal shelter and the Newton County Humane Society. She also was presented a check for the Humane Society. (Above) Sergeant Newton DAR Regent Patricia Haymore, left, presents Bellairs with her award along with Vice Regent Claudia Callaway.

June 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UPDATED: County watering restrictions lowered

Newton County residents will be able to wash their cars and water their lawns Wednesday, because the state lowered Newton County's watering restrictions to Level IV c.

At Tuesday's Board of Commissioner's meeting, Administrative Officer John Middleton announced that residents will be able to water lawns and wash vehicles three days a week on the same odd-even address schedule currently used. Under that schedule watering is allowed between midnight and 10:00 am: odd addresses water on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and even and unnumbered addresses water on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

June 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NICU busy with babies

Saturday morning, Presley Raegen Neely came into the world two months early. Her crib hadn't even been delivered to her parents' home yet, nor had her scheduled baby showers occurred.

June 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Events on square to be able to use power

Private events on the square will now have access to the city's power supply for a $30 fee, after the city council voted to amend the Downtown Covington Permit.

June 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle approves redesign to invigorate downtown area

The citizens and business owners and Social Circle approved a new design direction for their downtown yesterday at the second public downtown revitalization meeting.

June 03, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Order elects officers

The Madison chapter #355, Order of the Eastern Star has moved to Golden Fleece Lodge #6 on the Covington square. The chapter's new meeting nights are the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments or a meal will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the meetings.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale balks rail resolution

Once again the Porterdale City Council did not approve a resolution that would have encouraged the Newton County Commission to purchase the rights of way of the Norfolk Southern rail lines that traverse the county.

June 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


DDS extends hours

Beginning Tuesday, June 2nd, Department of Driver Services' (DDS) Customer Service Centers (CSCs) will be changing hours of operation in an effort to provide service at more convenient hours for customers. Centers will open earlier to better distribute customer demand in the morning hours. The new hours of service provide more service opportunities for customers before work or school – over 100 additional hours for service each week.

June 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Clubhouse window broken

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to the clubhouse of North Woods subdivision Sunday afternoon, after a young man was reportedly seen attempting to break into the building.

When they arrived they spoke with the president of the neighborhood's homeowners association who allegedly told them he first noticed the young man walking around the clubhouse and it aroused his suspicion. He approached and asked the young man where he lived and the youth reportedly pointed down Crabapple Ridge.

June 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Supreme Court reinstates Terrell death sentence

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has reinstated a death sentence given to Brian Keith Terrell, convicted of killing a 70-year-old Newton County man in 1992.

The court's ruling Monday was unanimous. It reversed a lower-court judge's ruling that Terrell's death sentence should be set aside because his lawyers provided ineffective assistance of counsel.

June 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A new horizon

Saturday marked a milestone in the lives of more than 500 of Newton County's students when Eastside, Alcovy and Newton high schools held their commencement ceremonies.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eight adults arrested at awards ceremony at elementary school

Eight people were arrested at an awards ceremony at Oak Hill Elementary School after a large fight began over a saved seat in the cafeteria.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County School System honors 38 retirees

The Newton County School System honored 39 retirees at their annual retirement dinner at Turner Lake Thursday evening, paying tribute to a combined 915 years of service to Newton County and its children.

May 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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