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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


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

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."

July 01, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Sheriff's Office issues fireworks caution

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


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


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


Georgia State Patrol steps up enforcement this weekend

The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AKA Chi Tau Omega chapter awards $20,000 in scholarships

COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.

June 30, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Checkers closed after grease fire

The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.

June 29, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Road construction restricted this weekend

The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

June 29, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ruling brings same-sex marriage to Newton

The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.

June 28, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4th of July events sparkle across Newton

COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council re-imagines amenities for Yellow River Park

There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.

June 27, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Killer twisters among largest, longest ever

WASHINGTON - Some of the killer tornadoes that ripped across the South may have been among the largest and most powerful ever recorded, experts suggested, leaving a death toll that is approaching that of a tragic "super outbreak" of storms almost 40 years ago.

April 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deadliest tornado outbreak in 40 years

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. - Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 201 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, and officials said Thursday they expected the death toll to rise.

April 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Death toll at 13 in Georgia storms

RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - Severe storms turned deadly as they roared across north Georgia, with authorities early Thursday reporting at least 13 people killed in the state and dozens more injured after possible tornadoes and high winds crushed homes and uprooted trees.

April 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn's Mayor: "We got hit hard"

Massive oaks blocked Georgia Highway 142 in Newborn today after a powerful line of storms swept through Newton County about 1 a.m.

April 28, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Case against Rodney Young moves forward

On the heels of one death penalty case, Newton County is preparing for a second this year. Rodney Renia Young, 43, is accused of bludgeoning to death his ex-fiancée's son, 28-year-old Gary Lamar Jones, in 2008.

April 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado Watch for Newton until 2 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of north Georgia, including Newton County, until 2 a.m.

April 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries cast spooked at Gaithers

Fans may get a chill watching the CW's "Vampire Diaries," but star Nina Dobrev says the cast and crew were the ones spooked while filming at the Gaither Plantation in Covington.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mom, child die after College Park fire

COLLEGE PARK - Authorities say a mother and her 4-year-old daughter have died after an apartment fire in south Fulton County.

The fire was at the Camelot Apartments near Old National Highway.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Former Newton coach Hendricks, 67, dies

Newton High School basketball has a rich tradition. From the school's state championship in 1964 to the three straight region championships from 1981-83 to its Final Four run of last year, the Rams have stood the test of time of generational gaps and the changing landscape of the county. The program's success can be attributed in large part to the men who have coached the teams.

April 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Gas tax to rise on Sunday

ATLANTA - More pain at the pump is on the way for Georgia motorists, as the state's gas tax is set to rise by about 3 cents a gallon on Sunday as a result of a formula tied to fuel prices.

The increase - which also will add an additional two cents a gallon in many counties - takes effect as part of a tax rate change that usually takes place twice a year. Part of the state gas tax is pegged to the average price of gas, and when that price rises, the tax jumps as well.

April 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Highway 81 rail crossing work delayed

The rough CSX railroad crossing on Emory Street (Ga. Highway 81) north of U.S. Highway 278 is going to stay that way, for now.

April 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Part of your world

"Her complexion was as fine as the petal of a rose and her eyes as blue as the deepest lake, but just like everyone else down there, she had no feet, her body ended in a fishtail."

April 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kentucky Derby hits the Arts

The annual art on the river event presented by the Arts Association in Newton County is taking things up a notch this year with a Kentucky Derby theme.

April 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woodall talks issues leading up to town hall

Newton County residents had a chance to tell U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) exactly what they thought at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, and he said he's thrilled to hear it.

April 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Job fair draws crowd

From his white hair to the gold-and-navy striped tie matching his navy sport coat, Steve Sikes stood out among the crowd of 600 job-seekers at a manufacturer-heavy job fair on Tuesday at DeKalb Technical College's Covington campus. It remains to be seen whether that was a good or bad thing.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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