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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


Homeless shelter receives $50,000 in merchandise

Virginia Tinsley, head of the North Georgia Methodist Homeless Council has known Rev. Clara Lett, and her good work operating the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless and Transitional Housing Center in Newton County since 2001. Rev. Lett's church and the Porter Memorial United Methodist Church in Porterdale worked together to support this ministry in Porterdale. It was moved to Covington after the Covington Housing Authority purchased three buildings at Turner Lake Circle in Covington in 2007.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Coming Up: The origins of Conyers' St. Patrick's Parade, safety against online predators, and more

Coming up, in the March 11 Wednesday Digital Edition: We catch up with the founding fathers of Conyers' World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade and hear how this beloved tradition started and how their spirit of irreverence endures; What parents should know about the world of social media, phone apps, texting and chatting when it comes to keeping kids safe from online predators. Also, Publisher Pat Cavanaugh interviews a special guest, Publisher T. Pat Cavanaugh. Click here on Wednesday to read more.

March 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Covington man meeting teen for sex arrested

A local man who believed he was meeting a 14-year-old female at a local gas station for a sexual encounter was instead met and arrested by RCSO investigators last week.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford resident Claude Sitton dies at 89

ATLANTA (AP) - Journalist Claude Sitton, who set the pace for reporters covering the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s and later won a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, died Tuesday. He was 89.

March 10, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County Budget Review Tonight!

The Newton County FY2016 budget review will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Services Headquarters on 278.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young Professionals group launches in Newton

A new group for the county's upcoming generation of workers is helping young people entering the workforce feel a little more established in Newton County.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County's The Voice contestant

Drew Parker delivered his singing talents to judges on NBC's The Voice and television viewers worldwide during the program's audition episode. The Newton County resident visited The Covington News to share his story with us.

March 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No signs of foul play in missing man's death

The body of missing Newton County resident Ralph Michael Garland was found in Jackson Lake Saturday by a search party organized by his family. His remains were found within sight of his residence.

March 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CPD unit cracks down on drugs

A stretch of 19 photos lined a long table at the Covington Police Department with large bags of marijuana next to some, small bags next to others and other drug paraphernalia accompanying yet other photos of people recently taken off the streets of Covington.

March 09, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Newborn happy with Dollar General

Dollar stores and the opening of ever more dollar stores are becoming ubiquitous, but residents in Newborn are quite happy with their new Dollar General, which is the town's only pure retail store.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rep. Holt to seek fifth term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New mayor gives vision for Covington

Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out his first initiatives for the city of Covington at Thursday's Kiwanis meeting and focused on ending the divisiveness that exists in the city and helping residents improve their lives.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arts Association to host Clovers & Company

The nationally acclaimed Georgia 4-H Performing Arts Group Clovers & Co. will entertain at Porter Hall at Newton High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stagehands from across the state of Georgia, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Clovers & Co. performs on behalf of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension's youth program 4-H.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO offering free driver’s education course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) courses from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 31; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 11; and 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. All P.R.I.D.E. courses will be held at the NCSO Training Room, located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Jan. 8

Just like with my homemade laundry detergent, this recipe for dishwasher detergent was born out of necessity 15 years ago. We moved to Biloxi and had a dishwasher for the first time. I was already making my own laundry detergent, so it didn't seem like a very big jump to making this. I've refined it over the years depending on where we live and how hard or soft the water is and the age and quality of the dishwasher we have.

January 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man who looks like TI arrested for DUI

A man asleep at the gas pumps at QuickTrip was arrested early Saturday morning. And while authorities accused him of drinking, he insisted he'd merely been listening to "church music."

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man uses choir as cover for drug deal

When officers confronted a man about what they thought was a drug deal in front of S&S Package Store, he denied it, saying he had been chatting with the other man about his church choir.

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thanksgiving skeleton is Griffin teen

Skeletal remains found on Thanksgiving have been identified as those of Griffin teen 18-year-old Aron Samuel Lee Hudson who was last seen in February 2011.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JOB OPENING: Ready to give up the commute to Atlanta and Get off I-20?

The Covington News is seeking results oriented people who have an eagerness to make money as an Advertising Sales Rep. We are looking for highly motivated sales reps to join a fast-paced, quality driven, local company. The successful candidate will be aggressive, determined, on-line savvy and an excellent communicator. If you have experience with outside sales, preferably selling advertising, this job may be right for you.

January 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jamaican gets 3 years for molestation

A Jamaican man will be deported after serving time for the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old girl.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds turn up for Walmart hiring

Walmart has hired around 100 employees - 75 percent of which are full time - for its new store at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man gets 15 years for bestiality

The question of whether Byron Christopher Jordan was competent to stand trial on charges of bestiality was settled Tuesday, when he was sentenced on the charges.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 candidates hit with filing fines

Two 2011 candidates for office in Newton County have been hit with at least $500 in fines each for failing to file on time, or at all, required campaign and financial documents to the state, according to the state ethics commission.

January 05, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man arrested for arson, death of dog

The call for help came in just before 11 p.m. A woman returned to her home and found it ablaze Dec. 9, and she had information for authorities on who might be responsible: her estranged husband.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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