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Updated Landfill Committee

Springhill resident Sierra Benton has declined to serve on the landfill citizens' committee. She will be replaced by Sharon Sawyer.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man caught in smash-and-grab burglary at Dunkin Donuts

A smash-and-grab robber who has been hitting businesses in Rockdale and Newton counties since March 23 has been caught, thanks to the quick action of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy.

April 02, 2015 | | LOCAL


Covington council discusses blighted houses

The Covington City Council spent a full day of work at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens during its 2015 retreat Tuesday.

April 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Purchasing policy change could have big impact

The county's controversial legal spending was the elephant in the room Tuesday as a joint citizen-county committee met for a second time to discuss tightening the county's purchasing policy.

April 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Eastside Academic team wins state championship

The Eastside High School Academic team won the Division 4 state championship after cruising through the competition at the Georgia Academic Team Association (GATA) State Championship Tournament held at Collins Hill High School on March 21.

March 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old soldiers never die

The closing paragraph of General Douglas MacArthur's April 19, 1951 address to Congress: "I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of the day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."

March 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Landfill committee announced as citizens debate options

An open meeting Monday night generated a few suggestions and more than a few questions over the future of the county landfill, as the citizen panel to study the issue was finalized.

March 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Annual Cheerios Challenge returns April 18

In the midst of this beautiful spring weather, it's the perfect time to get out and run or just enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a good time to bond with the family. This is why there is so much anticipation for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge held right here in Covington, at the YMCA on April 18.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal's executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

March 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton’s Baxter, now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

March 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Re-living the 80s

The Eastside High Chorus Show Choir will be presenting their Fall Musical Review, "Re-living the 80s," this Thursday. The show will take place in the Eastside High School Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and will cost $4 for adults, $3 for students and $3 for senior citizens. The show will feature the best of the 1980s music in an upbeat atmosphere.

November 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to pursue alcohol by the drink vote

A public vote on whether to allow restaurants and hotels to sell alcohol in unincorporated Newton County is likely in 2012, after the Newton County Board of Commissioners gave a consensus Monday night to move forward on the issue.

November 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Drunk teen discovered rolling around in street

Covington Police officers were called to Settlers Grove Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday after neighbors called 911 to report two people fighting in the street.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple arrested for fighting in parking lot

An irate couple was arrested Wednesday morning after fighting with the police who came to break up their fight in a CVS parking lot.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


POLL: Arts funding drops, but programs remain

The Arts Association in Newton County wants the arts to be accessible. Art advocates want children and young adults to be able to dance, sing, play instruments, perform on stage, paint and create.

November 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New civic organization, “2 Cups of Kindness,” to hold first meeting

Newton County resident Dorothy Frazier-Piedrahita will be hosting an informational meeting for her new civic group, "2 Cups of Kindness," at the Porter Memorial Branch Library on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Oxford native recounts D-Day

John Wood Burson landed on Omaha Beach before dawn on June 7, 1944 under barrage balloons to protect from strafing German aircraft as a nearby landing vessel exploded.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Blind man, drunk woman get in fight

A blind man and his reportedly intoxicated wife were both arrested early Sunday morning after one person ended up wet and the other ended up stabbed.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kiwanis gathering toiletries for Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes

Circle K Georgia, Kiwanis International's college arm, held its fall membership retreat Nov. 5 at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Around 45 Circle K members attended the retreat, which provides an opportunity for the Circle K leadership to reach out to new members. The members participate in workshops and other activities. Circle K blends community service and leadership training, and, as with all Kiwanis organizations, aims to serve the children of the world.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Kiwanis Thursday

Wayne Chase, one of Coca-Cola's Santas, visited the Kiwanis Club of Covington Thursday to bring holiday cheer to all.

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November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Nov. 11

Alechia Mitchell, violation of probation, 305-365 days in detention center, credit for time served.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two death penalty cases in February

Two accused murderers will have their death penalty cases heard in Newton County Superior Court February.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NAACP to host gala

The Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Local veterans share stories at GPC

Residents and veterans who lived through the World War II-era, part of a generation rapidly fading away, relived their part in history on home front and battle theaters for a group of students and community members Wednesday.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


$2,500 in weaves stolen

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for those responsible for a burglary off the square. But unlike traditional burglaries, the thief didn't break into the store. They broke out of it.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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