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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


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


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Clubs play host to state Supreme Court justice

Covington's Kiwanis and Rotary clubs met in a joint session on Tuesday with a guest speaker, Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines of Marietta. According to Judge Hines, the most pressing problem facing Georgia is the rise in the number of single-parent households. Children in single-parent households are at risk for poverty and for ending up in the court system. "It hurts your heart. It's extremely expensive," he said. Four Newton County Superior Court judges attended the meeting. Attendees included (left to right): Judge Horace Johnson Jr., Judge John Ott, Judge Hines, Judge Ken Wynne and Judge ...

June 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Apted: There's beauty in aging

A 20-something-year-old friend said she wishes she could just make her own decisions and feel confident in her choices, not worrying about what other people thought.

June 08, 2011 | Kari Apted | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 8

Michael A. Miller, felony theft by taking, 10 years confinement concurrent. Theft by taking felony, nolle pros.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An Eagle heads to sea

Adam Cofer's journey as a Boy Scout recently culminated when he received his Eagle Scout rank from Troop 222 in Covington. Eagle Scout is the highest rank obtainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Now, he plans to put his skills to use in the U.S. Navy.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cotton: Even police targeted by scammers

I was riding down a street in Covington recently listening to consumer advocate Clark Howard giving advice on WSB radio. A lady called in to ask how to handle a situation involving a company posing as a form of Yellow Pages. She had a business that relied heavily on Yellow Pages advertising so she knew it was important to have current advertisement in the book, but when she read the bill closely she realized it was not the real thing.

June 08, 2011 | Stacey Cotton Director of Public Safety | LOCAL


Eastside hires Freeman as basketball coach

Eastside has a new basketball coach. After tendering a formal offer last week, the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Gregory Freeman to become Eastside's third boys' basketball coach.

June 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


High temps to last through mid-August

It's hot outside, and Covington residents are staying indoors, which is the safe place to be, but bad for business.

June 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber: Promote local film ties

Covington plays host to several movie and TV projects each year, and the chamber suggested a storefront on the square be dedicated to housing film memorabilia.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Social Circle budget set for increase

Social Circle's budget will increase this year for the first time in several years, going from $2.8 to $3 million.

June 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water, sewer rates to increase in Porterdale

The city of Porterdale established a resolution for new water and sewer utility rates at its city council meeting on Monday.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Farm to stage open house Sunday

A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


Help Oxford celebrate the Fourth

You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


County may have more funds than expected in FY2012

The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council member steps down in Oxford

Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.

June 06, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Law allows SPLOST projects to be axed

The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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