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LGBT protections - HB 323

A bill aimed at expanding workplace discrimination protections for state employees appears to be losing traction.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


The Tesla law - HB 393

Auto dealers appear to have won the latest battle against Tesla after a bill that would have allowed the electric car manufacturer to sell in Georgia direct to consumers appears to have failed for a second year.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


No-knock warrants - SB 159

A bill passed by a Senate committee last week would set more restrictive guidelines for the use of no-knock warrants, which allow law enforcement to enter residences without a verbal command or knock on the door.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Live: BOC public hearing on landfill

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Harold King

Mr. Harold King, age 85, of Covington passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015. He was born in Lawrenceville Georgia on January 3, 1930. Mr. King served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for and retired from General Motors after 32 years and then worked for and retired from Stone Mountain Park working there for over 25 years. Mr. King was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen Collette King in 1996. He is survived by his son Steve King (Regena) of Covington, his grandchildren; Matt Cook of Covington, Kristin Farrell (Nick) of North ...

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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


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


Jo Ellen “Jody” Hughes

Ms. Jo Ellen "Jody" Hughes, 67, of Oxford, Georgia passed away Tuesday March 10, 2015 at Newton Medical Center. Jody was born in Ashland Kentucky to the late Joseph and Helen Hughes also preceded in death her brother George Robert 'Bob" Hughes.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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


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


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NCSS Spelling Bee returns

The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton represented in merger committee

One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale recognized for Main Street

Porterdale has seen a lot of growth over the last year, and continues to head in an upward climb commercially with the addition of a new restaurant and other businesses on the horizon.

January 28, 2015 | Staff Report | Porterdale


Pacho's, Wing Cafe's scores improve

After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD accepting Explorer applicants

The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.

January 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Theme School accepting applications

The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Science Fair winners

Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Firefighter falls on busy weekend

Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mrs. Ethel Jolley

Ethel Jolley, 96, of Covington, passed away January 23, 2015. She was born October 17, 1918, in Roscoe, PA, to the late John and Elizabeth Furlong. Ethel met and married Alton Jolley while they both were serving in the Navy at the Naval Air Station, in Chamblee. Together they moved to Newton County in 1951, where they began their career in the dairy business. She was very active in the community and was one of the founding members of the West Newton Home Demonstration Club. She was the oldest member of Prospect United Methodist Church, where she once served as ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. Matthew Larsen

Matthew Larsen of Covington, Ga, passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 45. Matt enjoyed riding his Harley, fishing and being outside. He was very interested in the history of our military and watching military related TV shows. Matt had a passion for playing his guitar and listening to music. He adored spending time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clifford and Evelyn Larsen, Verna and Lawney Hansen; grandfather, George Sabol.

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mrs. Peggy M. Davis

Peggy M. Davis of Covington passed away January 22, 2015, at the age of 84. A woman of strong Christian faith, Mrs. Davis was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Covington, where she faithfully attended the Murphy's Gang Sunday School class. She was a loving and devoted wife, always very supportive of her husband's ministry wherever he was led to serve. She devoted her time serving others, and was beloved by many people in the Covington area. Mrs. Davis was a master flower gardener, and enjoyed traveling, bird watching and square dancing. She was a ...

January 26, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Employee of the Year

Clairon Metals Corporation is pleased to announce that Erica Arnett has been named Employee of the Year for 2014.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


If it's broke, you should fix it

This week the Newton County Water Authority said it wants to sit down with the county and work on a solution to a problem before taking on a new venture. We believe this meeting should happen.

January 25, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


National Weather Service needs volunteers

The National Weather Service is looking for help in building a climate database and predicting floods.

January 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pacho's, Wing Cafe receive failing scores

The follow up inspection on Pacho's Mexican Grill saw its already-failing score lower five points after tallying a 51 on its Jan. 9 inspection.

January 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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