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House votes on some interesting bills

Business in the Georgia House intensified last week. We considered 77 bills and resolutions on the House floor in a number of lengthy sessions, while at the same time producing several dozen bills per day from numerous committee meetings. We've now reached the final quarter of the session, and the pressure is on to get everything done. None of the measures we saw during the week was really high profile, but several were interesting.

March 01, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton Trails to host bike rides

Newton Trails is gearing up for two upcoming bike rides.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The News, Liberty Alliance to hold district 112 candidate forum

Political season is in full swing, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance will be hosting a forum Friday for state representative candidates for District 112.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Candidate qualifying is this week

Georgia's 2014 political season is moving at a furious pace, and qualifying for local, state and federal seats is next week, more than two months earlier than past election cycles.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle holds special Black History Month program

Clements Middle School celebrated the last day of Black History Month with a lineup of musical performances and speakers at the school Friday.

March 01, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Breaking down medical marijuana bill

Medical marijuana can be an emotional subject, from the parents seeking help for their children to the state representative on a mission to introduce clinical testing in Georgia.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sat. town hall canceled

Update: The town hall scheduled for Saturday at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled due to a death in the family of state Rep. Pam Dickerson.

March 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2nd man arrested in attempted burglary

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a 19-year-old male who was reportedly found taking weapons from a residence with another male Thursday.

February 28, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


ReHeat tour planned for 'Heat of the Night' fans

"In the Heat of the Night" has managed to keep its popular following two decades after its last episodes were filmed, and Covington officials are hoping to turn that popularity into more tourists.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Retail meeting focuses on entertainment, retaining young residents

The chamber's goal over the next five to 10 years is to turn Newton County into a regional retail hub, not only capable of meeting the needs of Newton County residents, but also drawing residents from surrounding counties.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Roommate quarrel leads to arrest

An argument between two roommates that reportedly escalated caused one woman to be arrested.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Two men arrested after fleeing police

An officer who initially stopped to help two men, whose vehicle had broken down, ended up arresting the same two men after a foot-chase Saturday.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Downtown tourist package in works

Covington's tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.

February 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail log

Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


EHS celebrates Black History Month with special program

The contributions of African-American women to American history were highlighted during a variety show held at Eastside High School Thursday.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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(VIDEO) Looking Back at 2013

Looking back at the people and places of 2013

December 31, 2013 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


‘Y’ waiving member fees in January

At the start of every year, it seems everyone wants to slim down and hit the gym. The Covington Family Y is looking to help that endeavor by waiving its new membership fees and membership reactivation fees in January.

December 30, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three unwise-men and woman stopped with drugs

The stop of a suspicious vehicle by Conyers Police led to the arrests of three Covington residents bearing methamphetamine, syringes, a digital scale and a glass pipe.

December 30, 2013 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Dec. 30

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at QuikTrip, located at 3214 U.S. Highway 278 NW and Emory Street.

December 30, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Armed robbery reported

A man reported that two men robbed him at his home Tuesday.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


43 children receive new bicycles

Forty-three children got early gifts when they received new bicycles at the seventh annual giveaway sponsored by Commissioner J.C. Henderson.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chi Tau Omega supports Angel Tree

The Chi Tau Omega chapter of AKA Sorority Inc. partnered with the Newton County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Dec. 14, to ensure no children of incarcerated parents in Conyers and Covington were forgotten by their loved ones this Christmas. Families attended an Angel Tree party, where they picked up their gifts. In addition, Antioch AME Church of Conyers donated food boxes to the families. More than 300 gifts were donated to more than 75 families whose loved ones are residents of local, state, and federal facilities.

December 28, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County jobless rate drops to '08 level

Newton County's unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in November as a net total of 461 residents gained employment.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


4-H forever: Looking back, looking forward

Last year on Christmas break, I bought a tall container and decorated it to hold little notes.

December 28, 2013 | Terri Kimble Fullerton Columnist | LOCAL


NMC director of volunteer services retires after 30 years

Longtime Newton Medical Center employee Martha Taylor shared smiles and hugs at her recent retirement reception, as hospital officials and employees honored her for more than 30 years of service.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Teen points BB gun at officer

Juvenile complaints were filed against three young males on Christmas Day, and two of the teens were tasered by Covington police officers.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Man arrested after Christmas Eve gunfire

A man was arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly firing a gun in a home during a family gathering.

December 28, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton has new development services director

Lynn Morgan Ervin was appointed director of Newton County's development services department in October, after serving as interim director since April.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Increased patrols planned on New Year's Eve

Local authorities will be upping patrols this New Year's Eve in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving in Newton County.

December 28, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County preparing for increased growth

Homebuilding is picking up and entrepreneurs and corporations are increasingly considering Newton County in their search.

December 28, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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