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Jeffares: Week 3 brings bills and committee meetings

Committee meetings are finally underway here at the Capitol. I, and many of my colleagues, have had a busy week juggling our various committee appointments ...

January 31, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL


Belton: House votes on amended budget

The third week of Session we voted on what is called the "Small" or "Amended" budget. It is basically the mid-year adjustment to account for ...

January 31, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL


Newton GOP makes changes ahead of nominating meetings

Considerable confusion reigns within the Newton County Republican Party as precinct mass meetings approach in February.

January 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Youth collect during 'Souper Bowl of Caring'

When the Broncos square off against the Panthers in California this weekend, youth at churches around the country will be taking part in a "Souper ...

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Teen athlete hit by truck still hospitalized

Thomas Mason was on his way to pick up his son, Christian Mason, from a workout with the track team at Alcovy High School. Before ...

January 31, 2016 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Delta Sigma Theta hosts its annual Cotillion

Debutantes in white gowns. Beaus in top hats and tails. Young men and women make their come out, a mark of passage into adulthood.

January 31, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Council discusses issues facing city at retreat

At the end of the all-day retreat, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said it had been one of the most productive retreats he'd experienced since ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Jury selection begins Monday on 2012 murder case

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday for the trial of Brawny Jarvis McCollough charged with two counts of malice murder and two counts of ...

January 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton’s unemployment rate down from a year ago

Newton County's unemployment rate was down significantly in December, 2015 from December, 2014.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NHS's Hezekiah Rodgers chosen top alto sax player in the state

Newton High School's Hezekiah Rodgers is in prestigious company.

January 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hwy. 278 CID to host event on Feb. 4

The Hwy. 278 Community Improvement District (CID) is getting closer to becoming a reality.

January 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodman given lifetime service award

A crowd gathered in the Covington City Hall meeting room Thursday to celebrate Janet Goodman's 36 years as a councilwoman with a slight surprise ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local manufacturer, NyloBoard, stops production

The manufacturing plant of NyloBoard, LLC, located at 14187 Industrial Park Blvd NE in Covington has ceased production and the company was put up for ...

January 27, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Juvenile arrested for stealing TVs

Covington police arrested a juvenile for burglary, possession of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime after witnesses saw someone believed to be ...

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chief ADA Melanie Bell to run for Probate Judge

Melanie McCorey Bell declared her candidacy for Newton County Probate Judge Tuesday.

January 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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The red hat of friendship

Bright crimson red hats. Deep purple outfits. Neither color match in an ensemble, but with the Red Hat Society, that is the whole point. Created for women over the age of 50, the organization serves to create lasting friendships and camaraderie.

July 14, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Fire consumes home

Up in flames: A fire broke out Monday at a home on Costly Mill Road. The house and a camper nearby were destroyed in the blaze. According to witnesses, the structure was fully ablaze when firemen arrived. Firefighters had multiple trucks on the scene to fight the blaze.

July 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vaccines offered to early voters

The Newton County Health Dept. staff is offering free vaccines at the County Administration Building all this week from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. for early voters.

July 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three arrested in two burglaries

Three men were arrested in two different burglaries earlier this week, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Deputy Cortney Morrison.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crowe requests another trial

Christina Renee Crowe was before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Thursday afternoon, requesting a new trial after being found guilty in the death of 7-year-old Bobby Joe Couch in December.

July 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


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