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Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Governor Nathan Deal has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill. The bill provides immunity for possession of cannabis oil for registered patients and caregiveres inside Georgia.

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


Landfill: Executive Summary from Green Hill

Newton County - East Georgia Settlement and Newton County - Green Hill P3, LLLPLandfill Lease and Operating Agreement

March 25, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former mayor, others show support of White

The St. Patrick's Day holiday didn't keep people from attending a called meeting in Social Circle Tuesday, as city hall's community room was filled with concerned citizens.

March 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Meet Alcovy's Val and Sal

Alcovy High School senior Alex Yang was extremely proud of himself when he was named valedictorian of the school's 2015 graduation class. It was a goal of his since the start of his senior year.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Meet Newton's Val and Sal

Newton County High School senior Ian Cole isn't worried about much these days.

March 22, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County chair to get back full powers

The Newton County Board of Commissioners narrowly approved this week a motion to restore the county chair with the full powers invested in the position by the charter, effective January 1, 2017, and to set up another citizens committee to review and update the language of the charter.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County lawyers see 13% raise

Newton County's legal fees continue to soar above budget, as commissioners approved more than $83,000 in payments to longtime County Attorney Tommy Craig's firm for the month of February alone.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


At a crossroads

Newton County has 60 days to come up with a solution to its landfill crisis or face costly litigation and possibly the construction of a private, regional landfill. The head of the East Georgia Land & Development Company announced his intention this week to seek damages and a new landfill permit in response to the county's failure to approve a settlement.

March 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Meet Eastside's Val and Sal

Anna Davis believes much wasn't expected of her academically.

March 21, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 19 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Representatives Pam Dickerson and Dave Belton. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included: Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Chuck Berry, Julius Hays, Lori McCart, and Kevin Mitcham.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCFB hosts Chinese delegation

Newton County Farm Bureau hosted a delegation of Chinese feed producers on Jan. 29 attending the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta. NCFB President Brent Galloway welcomed the group to the NCFB office, telling the group about agriculture in the county and Farm Bureau.

March 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill tabled, chair powers to be restored

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a vote on a controversial landfill settlement for at least 60 days in order to allow an independent review with input from a citizen committee.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Shelter finally signs lease with housing authority

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter has been open in Covington since June, but it finally signed a lease last week.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Returning the Appreciation

A soldier's gratitude: CW5 Robert Tadlock with the Ga. Army National Guard in Macon presents Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox a plaque in appreciation for outstanding service and support of the 48th IBCT. If you would like to support our troops, please visit www.operationsandboxga.com.

February 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'We are one people'!

Roy Barnes has seen integration and the advancement in racial equality in Georgia's schools firsthand, but the Newton High School students he spoke to Thursday weren't alive for many of those changes.

February 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Driver’s story changes several times

A 20-year-old woman was arrested after officers reportedly noticed her driving erratically and found that the vehicle had no insurance on it.

February 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dream Achiever

When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.

February 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO seeks suspects in 5 car break-ins

Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Library celebrates black history month

For more than three decades, Black History Month has been recognized in the United States, and throughout the month of February, the Newton County Library will display a timeline of history from the 1600s through today.

February 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested in burglary

On Friday January 29, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Shenandoah Court. When deputies arrived they heard movement inside the residence and were attempting to surround the house when two males ran out of the back door toward the woods as an alert deputy gave chase. A NCSO K-9 tracking unit arrived on scene and picked up the scent of the two males. The Bloodhound tracked them directly through the woods an address on Pickens Road where deputies took them into custody without incident.

February 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Beyond the call of duty

The men and women who dedicate their lives to careers in law enforcement are required to be brave, to be selfless and to help others in distress, and while every one of the deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Department fits the bill, three were honored Friday afternoon who went one step further, starting a tradition at the NCSO that Sheriff Ezell Brown hopes to continue.

February 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Church in Oxford holds MLK celebration

Celebrating MLK's legacy: Oxford College student Joane Pascal gave a dramatic interpretation of song at the 2010 MLK Celebration at Old Church in Oxford. Following the invocation for the 2010 MLK Celebration, everyone in attendance sang Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. The Rev. Sam Clowney spoke of education through the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraged the students in attendance to use their education to think insightfully about the issues of today. The Oxford College A Cappella group, Oxappella, performed multiple songs.

January 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democrats sponsor Super Bowl rib platters

The Newton County Democratic Party is selling 100 rib platters for Super Bowl Sunday.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Land for public park in Fairview purchased

After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods.

The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the NSP money will go toward house rehabilitation, creation of the park, homeowners assistance and administration costs.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County closer to stopping private landfill

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fund, fundraiser to support local man’s pancreas transplant

 Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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