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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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Bank bandit suspect killed in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Police say a man suspected of robbing a bank in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs was later shot and killed by a police officer in Atlanta after a car chase.

Sandy Springs police Lt. Steve Rose says the man was accused of robbing a Wells Fargo bank shortly before noon. Sandy Springs police and Georgia State Patrol officers pursued the man's car south on Georgia 400 as the chase entered Atlanta.

March 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thanks, Jeff, for leaving your mark

Anyone who has ever been given an opportunity to do what they love knows how valuable that can be. Going to work knowing you're getting paid to do something you'd probably do for free is something we all strive for.

March 09, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Weather advisory for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for Newton County, cautioning that heavy rain and wind to 35 mph are expected in the area.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Patrol expands motorcycle safety initiative

The Georgia Department of Public Safety has received a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to collect data over the next two years to improve motorcycle safety. The $70,000 grant will be used to conduct six, one-day safety checkpoints between March 1 of this year and December 31, 2012.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community choir to make a joyful noise

Mack McKibben wants to form a true community choir. He wants 100 to 150 people joining voices for some good old-fashioned Southern gospel music.

March 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - March 9

Patti B. Jacobson, felony habitual violator 5 years probation consecutive to earlier case, $1,000; DUI, 12 months probation, serve 180 days, $1,000; failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation, $200, plus stipulations.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot in fight at ‘the barn’

An 18-year-old man remains in critical condition after a party ended in gunfire early Saturday.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Courage

Randy and Kelsey Upton are more than just father and daughter, they are a team, standing up and telling Kelsey's story in hopes of changing somewhat antiquated laws.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State revenues continue to grow

ATLANTA - Georgia's revenues are continuing to show signs of life.

State money managers reported Tuesday that tax collections rose 26 percent in February from the same month one year ago.

March 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Garbage service privatization could save Oxford money

Privatizing garbage and recycling collection service could save the city of Oxford

March 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Cleanup volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Covington's Great American Cleanup Event, to be held Saturday, March 26.

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Art contest opens

An art contest to raise awareness of exception children and their recreational needs is being offered by

March 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two shot at party

An 18-year-old man remains in critical after an early morning party Saturday ended in gunfire.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top state court upholds voter ID law

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law requiring voters to show identification before they cast ballots, dismissing objections from Democrats who contended lawmakers had no proof when they approved the new rules that anyone had tried to vote illegally.

The court's 6-1 decision found that no voter has been disenfranchised by the 2006 law, despite claims by the Democratic Party of Georgia that the law creates an undue burden on the poor, the disabled and minorities. The decision, written by Justice Hugh Thompson, concluded that the law was a "minimal, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory restriction."

March 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal scales back pre-K cuts

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal said Monday he is revamping his plans to cut the state's prekindergarten program to half-day after an outcry from parents and teachers.

The program will remain a full day but the school year will be cut from 180 days to 160 days, and class sizes will increase by two students to 22 each, Deal said. The moves will allow the state to cut $54 million from the cash-strapped program while adding 2,000 slots, which will put a dent in the 10,000-student waiting list.

March 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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