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Green Hill Gone

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted down a controversial proposal to lease the county landfill to a private startup Wednesday night following passionate testimony from the affected community, environmentalists and concerned citizens.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

East Georgia to pursue damages, landfill

The East Georgia Land & Development Company will move forward with its plan to construct a private landfill and sue Newton County for damages related to a 17-year legal battle, according to the company's head, Jim Baker.

July 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Newton County Jail Log: July 1

Rod Clark Coleman, 22, Covington, June 26, burglary – 1st degree, criminal trespass

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns from its schedule

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL

Worker injured at Falcons stadium construction site

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a construction worker has been injured by a falling piece of scaffolding at the Atlanta Falcons stadium construction site.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

COVINGTON- The Newton County Sheriff's Office would like you to have a happy-and safe-Fourth of July.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fireworks, hotel fee, gas tax changes hit July 1 with new laws

July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

DeKalb County CEO found guilty

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - A suspended DeKalb County official accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions has been found guilty of perjury and attempted theft by extortion.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Fire at S.C. black church wasn't arson

GREELEYVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday.

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

US, Cuba to open embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) â€" The United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in their capital cities, a major step in restoring ties after more than 50 years of hostilities. The latest developments (all times local):

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Landfill Meeting Tonight

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.

July 01, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Davis named Rotary Club president

COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

GOP's Jeb Bush to release 33 years of personal tax returns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Jeb Bush is releasing a third of a century of his personal income tax returns, a record disclosure for presidential candidates.

June 30, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Authorities investigating possible anti-gay hate crime in northwestern Forsyth County

NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.

June 30, 2015 | Kayla Robins krobins@forsythnews.com | LOCAL

Extension Agent Ted Wynne (video)

Newton County Extension Agent Ted Wynne gives advice about trees.

June 30, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | Covington

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US stocks end lower following weak economic growth

NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks are closing lower as traders react to weak U.S. economic growth.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

It ain't easy: Goats can't resist lure of cheesy Cheetos

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A herd of goats wandering through midtown Savannah were unable to resist the lure of a bag of Cheetos.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Gov. Deal signs autism insurance bill for kids

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a bill into law that includes an insurance coverage requirement for children 6 and under.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 29

Joshua Alexander Aaron, 34, Covington, Apr 26, Criminal Attempt to Commit a Felony, Criminal Trespass

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Sperm bank responds to accusations it misrepresented donor

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Rubio to speak at Georgia Republicans' state convention

ATLANTA (AP) - Presidential candidate Marco Rubio is slated to address Georgia Republicans at the party's state convention next month.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Reserve downgraded its assessment of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly stopped. It offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Rotary Club celebrates top 30 students

The Covington Rotary Club held its 50th annual Top Ten Reception and Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening.

April 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Calvin Peete, winner of 12 PGA Tour events, dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Calvin Peete, the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning. He was 71.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Can you run from police? US courts apply a double standard

BALTIMORE (AP) - When police spotted Freddie Gray and he took off running through his Baltimore neighborhood, officers decided to give chase, setting in motion his death in custody and rioting in the streets.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Bud Light: Sorry for saying it removes 'no' from vocabulary

NEW YORK (AP) - Anheuser-Busch is apologizing for a slogan that appeared on bottles saying Bud Light removes the word 'no' from drinkers' vocabulary.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Form of Government Committee grapples with structure, accountability

The citizen committee reviewing Newton County's form of government is closing in on a final draft report as it continues to wrestle with fundamental questions of structure and accountability.

April 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL

Principal, teacher accused of grabbing students by the neck

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) - A pair of Spalding County elementary school administrators surrendered to accusations of using excessive physical force against two elementary school students.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Woman accused of making death threats against police online

EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) - A woman accused of making death threats on a social media site against police officers has been put in jail.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | STATE

Study: Most 8th graders score low on US history, civics

WASHINGTON (AP) - Time for another history lesson.

April 29, 2015 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

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