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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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Bolton to chair senior services board

Doug Bolton has been appointed chairman of the Newton County Senior Services Board.

October 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County selected for agricultural pilot program

Newton County was chosen to participate in a free, state pilot program that will help it protect its agricultural land.

Staff from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission will help Newton County form a Local Agriculture Protection Guide during the next year.

October 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Grill giveaway

Luck winner: Janet Goodman, left, was the lucky winner of the Smoker given away by Mayfield's Hardware at The Covington Fall Festival on Saturday, October 9. She was presented the grill by Kendra Mayfield, right.

October 22, 2010 | | LOCAL


Bolton appointed chairman of senior services

Though Newton County Senior Services continues to function normally, its board of directors has been struggling to identify its role and hasn't been able to provide assistance.

The Board of Commissioners appointed Doug Bolton as senior services board chairman Tuesday night, a move it hopes will eventually bring direction to the board.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County selected for agricultural pilot program

Newton County was chosen to participate in a free, state pilot program that will help it protect its agricultural land.

Staff from the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission will help Newton County form a Local Agriculture Protection Guide during the next year.

October 20, 2010 | | LOCAL


Bagged his first deer

Straight shooting: Justin Dial, 8, son of Duane and Linda Dial of Covington shot his first deer on Oct. 18 with a .223 rifle.

October 20, 2010 | | LOCAL


We Won’t Sign: Residents use signs to oppose railroad purchase efforts

"No Rails to Trails" signs are popping up across Newton County, as opponents of plans to purchase an out-of-use railroad line and convert it into a recreation trail renew their efforts.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Allen, Holloway plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Nearly three years after the shooting death of Ashley Obryant Vinson in a drug deal gone bad, the two men accused of his murder entered pleas on Tuesday to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Newton County Superior Courtroom of Judge Eugene Benton.

October 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County considering requiring animal licenses

The county is considering requiring pet owners to pay for licenses for their dogs and cats and is reaching out to the county's municipalities to get their opinions.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


8th congressional district race heating up

As a man who considers himself a centrist, Congressman Jim Marshall (D-Macon) draws support and ire from both sides of the aisle, and both parties are fighting hard for his seat.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Horace Oneal Vason

Mr. Horace Oneal Vason died Oct. 17. The son of Mrs. Dora Lucile Sims and the late Mr. Arthur "Pap" Vason Sr., he was born in 1952 in Covington. He was the second of their three sons. He was preceded in death by half-sister Kathy Maude Woods; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma) Vason, Mr. and Mrs. Earlie (Etta) Sims Sr.; aunts Irene Vason, Delthia Deer, Ellen Heard; and uncles Charlie and Albert Vason. He was raised and educated in Newton County and graduated from R. L. Cousins High School in 1970. Affectionately called Super Lou, he was an avid ...

October 19, 2010 | | LOCAL




Democrats rally

Spreading the word: The Newton County Democratic Party elected not to stage a candidate's forum this year, but chose to hold a rally Saturday as a chance to inform voters and highlight Democratic candidates.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Diaries’ donates courthouse replica

Newton County has a new courthouse, but county employees won't be moving their offices anytime soon.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The past speaks

The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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