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Davis named Rotary Club president

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


Covington gets closer to new hotel

COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


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County offices closed for Good Friday

Newton County offices are closed today for Good Friday, including the landfill and recycling centers. Good Friday is one of the county's unpaid furlough days.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Extension hosting homebuyer workshop

You can learn about how to buy a home and manage money at a homebuyer workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 at the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension, 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

April 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trails supporters sign in

Newton County trails supporters didn't want to resort to putting up road signs. They felt signs were simply visual clutter that did nothing to promote the dialogue needed for the community to make an informed decision regarding the Norfolk Southern railroad purchase and other trail projects.

April 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day festivities will be held today on the quad fronting Seney Hall at Oxford College.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ride for Sue

Fundraising: Motorcyclists from across the area gathered recently for a fundraiser in support of Sue Gray, a two-time breast cancer survivor. The ride was held on March 26, and took participants from Covington to Monroe and back. The fundraising efforts included a singles auction, with participants putting themselves up for auction for dates.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival May 7

Indulge your whimsical side at the third annual Fairy House Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St.

April 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County restricts adult entertainment

Newton County commissioners confirmed their desire to strictly regulate adult entertainment by unanimously passing an updated ordinance Tuesday.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodall to host town hall Q&A Tuesday

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed in the back by his wife ended up arrested and charged with battery, after witnesses said the woman was just trying to defend herself against him.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested for begging

A woman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing Monday after workers called Covington Police and reported that she was begging for money.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cobb police defend charges against teen driver

MARIETTA, Ga. - Cobb County police are defending their decision to charge a 16-year-old boy with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash in which his mother, who was riding in the car, was killed.

WSB-TV reported that 45-year-old Kimberly Nichols was killed April 13 as her son drove the family's Volkswagen convertible to an orthodontist appointment.

April 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen arrested in attempted robbery

A 14-year-old boy teen has been arrested and charged with attempting to rob a man early Sunday morning.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How can Newton County attract jobs?

The chamber wants to bring jobs to Newton County. That's the goal of economic development, which is simply a fancy phrase for adding new jobs, sustainable, high-quality ones.

April 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road watch: Detour at Monticello and Church

Watch out for a detour on your drive home this afternoon at Monticello and Church streets. Work crews are searching for a gas leak there, forcing a slight detour.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pick of the crop

Covington resident Heather Godemann and her son Avery pick strawberries at Mitcham Farm in Oxford on Wednesday.

April 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


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