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Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Navigate the transportation bill

If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.

March 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Watch: interview with Governor Deal

Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP convention brings division

Saturday morning, the Newton County Republican Party was divided by yellow caution tape, but by evening, they had formed two separate, rival groups, both claiming to represent the GOP.

March 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volunteers needed to keep Newton beautiful

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: BOC public hearing on landfill

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New hotel coming to Covington

Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington.

March 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


PUBLIC HEARING ON LANDFILL TONIGHT

Newton County's Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse, to discuss a proposed settlement that would privatize operations of the landfill. Read up on the issue here, here, and here. A copy of the full text of the proposal can be found on the county's website here.

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County revenues fall short of spending

County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county's General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Federal marijuana bill gives hope to GA families

Mike Hopkins had given up on bringing his family back from Colorado to Covington this year, but a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday would effectively legalize cannabis oil on a federal level, removing a major barrier to getting his daughter, Mikayla, the treatment she needs in Georgia.

March 11, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Kelsey's law passes unanimously in House

Kelsey's Law, which was inspired by the story of a brave Oxford girl, passed unanimously in the state House Wednesday.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton discusses legislation with school board

Georgia House of Representative Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, made an appearance at the Newton County School Board meeting Tuesday night to discuss a slew of legislation that will affect the Newton County School System.

March 11, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Georgia's First Lady visits Oak Hill Elementary

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Oak Hill Elementary School Wednesday morning as part of the Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that supports increased childhood literacy in the state.

March 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Newton High freshman a karate champion

A Newton High School freshman took championship in his fighting division in a six-day karate competition in Sacramento.

February 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man, woman arrested after drunken evening

A drunken couple was arrested Thursday night after leaving The Depot.

February 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man turns in wallet after calling 911

Typically police officers are called when wallets have been stolen, but in a surprisingly happy twist, one man called 911 to report that he had found a wallet in the parking lot Sunday afternoon.

February 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troubled bridges over water

After a canopy fell off a relatively new bridge last summer in Atlanta, state transportation officials began an extensive review of bridges around Georgia that may be susceptible to similar failures.

February 04, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Elks Aidmore to expand service area

Elks Aidmore recently finalized its contract with the state to provide therapeutic foster care in the Conyers, Covington, Athens area with an expansion into Valdosta in late spring.

February 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Teen robbed by 10 people

A Newton County teen was hospitalized after reportedly being beaten and robbed by nine females and one male after a party.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for alleged molestation

A Tennessee man was arrested and charged with child molestation he allegedly committed in 2003.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County GOP to vet candidates

The Newton County Republican Party wants to make sure this year's crop of Republican candidates is truly conservative.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Romney leads race, but Gingrich popular locally

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney dominated the Republican primary in Florida, but contender Newt Gingrich, a native Georgian, showed well in The Covington News' online poll.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10-year-old girl beats student on bus

A 10-year-old girl was charged with simple battery Monday after reportedly assaulting a fellow student on the school bus Jan. 25.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale officer, student investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Sears to close March 27

Covington's Sears will close March 27 because of underperformance and is discounting prices in an effort to move its inventory.

February 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police seek man for shooting

Authorities are searching for the men who reportedly shot a Newton County man in the butt Monday night.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A new habitat

Sequetta White and her family needed a new home. Six women can only live for so long in a house with one bathroom, no central heating and black trash bags over the moldy windows.

February 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Antique roadshow hits Covington

"There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up and the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles."

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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