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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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Deal signs golf cart bill

Golf carts will be allowed on local streets across Georgia beginning in January.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State gets $400,000 in drug settlement

ATLANTA - A pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay Georgia about $400,000 to settle a fraud lawsuit over a prescription drug for treating multiple sclerosis.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thieves break into DeKalb cop cars

DECATUR - Police in DeKalb County say they are investigating how thieves were able to break into 36 police vehicles in the county's maintenance yard.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Astronaut to speak tonight at Fernbank

DECATUR - NASA astronaut Col. Eric A. Boe will speak at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Grandma's ashes stolen with car

ATLANTA - Someone stole a Georgia woman's car - with her grandmother's ashes inside - shortly after a memorial service for the deceased woman.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fairview Community Park opens

The Fairview Estates neighborhood is now home to a public park following the grand opening of the Fairview Community Park Wednesday afternoon.

May 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Special needs scholarships available

The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program allows eligible special needs students to transfer to another public school, public school district, state school, or authorized participating private school. In order for a student to be eligible for this scholarship, the parent/guardian must be a current Georgia resident and must have resided in the state for at least one year. In addition, the student must have spent the entire immediate prior year in attendance at a Georgia public school in grades K?12. The child must also have an Individual Education Program (IEP) written by the school in accordance with federal ...

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lost wages to storms? Get help

Newton County residents who lost income from the severe storms that struck last week may be eligible for federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

May 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Columnist a Fox 5 guest blogger Friday

Covington News columnist and One Fabulous Mama Beth McAfee-Hallman will be featured as Atlanta Fox 5's first guest blogger on their new website http://www.myatlantamoms.com/. beginning Friday morning. Billed as a couponing expert, McAfee-Hallman will be blogging about how to get started with couponing, insider tips for using coupons and how to make the most out of your coupons.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Give Burns the Boot drive starts Friday

The Covington Fire Department is joining more than 100 other fire departments throughout the state of Georgia by participating in the 22nd annual "Give Burns The Boot" drive, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. This event will begin on Friday, May 6 and run three consecutive Fridays through May 20.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chamber's annual Shred Day today

The chamber of commerce will hold its fourth annual Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the parking lot of Antiques and Stuff, 2177 Elm St., Covington.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mental health court bill signed

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state's first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.

May 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


We are the champions

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games ended with a bang today, when middle, high school and adult-aged athletes took to the field at Homer Sharp Stadium.

May 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Others Day pays it forward

Woodlee's Christian Academy students recently celebrated Others Day by performing community service and volunteer activities.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hope, cynicism at redistricting forum

Drawing district lines along common lifestyles or economic interests and having representation that mainly served one county were some of the wishes expressed by attendees at the League of Women Voters forum on redistricting Tuesday night.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


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