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Oxford adopts 2015 budget

Oxford is ready to roll into next fiscal year as its wallet is set and spending in order.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County mulls costs to keep guns out

The county would have to spend at least $283,559 to prevent people from legally carrying a gun into the Newton County Administration Building or the Historic Courthouse.

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How the county budget affects you

Property values are rising, which means property tax revenue would rise, but the Newton County Board of Commissioners promised it would lower the tax rate during the next two years. This leaves officials with the same budget old budget dilemma: keep taxes as low as possible or spend more to help employees and improve some county services?

June 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gun fired near Nelson Heights CC

An event at the Nelson Heights Community Center resulted in gun fire in the surrounding area and two hours of police presence Friday evening.

June 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Holt endorses Belton for District 112

State Representative Doug Holt endorsed Dave Belton in the race for State House District 112 Tuesday.

June 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug drop box campaign launched

With prescription drug abuse growing, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has taken another step in trying to curb the problem, while also adding another way to simultaneously help the environment.

June 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Blossom Life Girl’s Conference set for March 22

An educator and teen life coach has planned a girl's conference for young ladies in the Newton County community, which will be hosted by the grassroots organizations "Blossom Life" and "Executive in Stilettos."

March 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Friendship of 56 years, one cut at a time

Covington's charm lies in its historic homes, iconic clock tower and Southern hospitality.

March 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Vet named in national lawsuit recalls horrors

Newton County resident George Siders is involved in a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. military, related to post-traumatic stress disorder, but the Vietnam veteran is equally troubled by the horrors he saw in the war and the way the military treated him afterward.

March 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local rap group TGZ headed to the top

Seven Newton County women are making a splash in the rap/hip hop scene, and they don't plan to stop on their way to the top.

March 15, 2014 | Xavier McKnight | LOCAL


Georgia to honor Vietnam heroes on Medal of Honor Day

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal will issue a proclamation declaring March 29, 2014 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Georgia at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 in the North Wing of the State Capitol.

March 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Reporter honored by Senate

The Georgia Senate honored the late Dick Pettys, a former Associated Press reporter who covered state government for decades, with a portrait painted by Dick Yarbrough, a syndicated columnist whose columns appear weekly in The Covington News. Yarbrough was a close friend and colleague of Pettys. With Yarbrough (left) are Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, state Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta), state Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs) and Stephanie Pettys, wife of Dick Pettys. The portrait will hang in the Capitol press offices. The Senate press gallery is also to be named after Pettys.

March 15, 2014 | | LOCAL


A succesful Livestock Show for 4-H

Nineteen young people, ranging from second to the 12th grade won over $5,000 in cash prizes, buckles and trophies at the Newton County Livestock Show this month.

March 15, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Young professionals meet

Dozens of Newton County's high school students interested in their futures attended the Aspiring Youth Professionals Dinner held at the Newton College and Career Academy Tuesday night.

March 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


One EB lane on I-20 to be closed next week

The state will continue construction work on I-20 in Newton County next week with workers switching to work on the eastbound side.

March 14, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man robbed of phones, meats at gunpoint

A man said an unknown group of young males robbed him Wednesday night.

March 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Ameena Jeane Ali, 43, 1719 W. Austin Road, Decatur, March 10. Probation violation.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside presenting 'Steel Magnolias' this weekend

Eastside High School's Drama Club will present "Steel Magnolias," written by Robert Harling, at 2 p.m. March 15 and 16.

March 13, 2014 | Hunter Terrell news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Comparing winter power rates

Power prices are always a popular topic, but the conversation has picked up in recent weeks, with Snapping Shoals EMC touting its low prices in the latest statewide survey and residents elsewhere questioning their rates.

March 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nonprofits to share $25,000 from Newton Fund

Five local nonprofits got a $5,000 boost to their efforts to improve Newton County.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Play croquet for a cause

The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman's Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be Saturday at the soccer fields at Oxford College.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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