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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


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


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City mulls Indian Creek golf course buy

Both private and Covington officials are exploring the possibility of purchasing the recently-closed Indian Creek Golf Club, but a local golf course owner says that could be an expensive proposition.

December 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County misses out on some industry

Newton County has a lack of available mid-sized industrial buildings, in the 100,000 square foot range, and, as a result, the county recently missed out on an advanced metal fabrication company.

December 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Take care to not overspend

We're down to the wire with the arrival of Christmas in just seven days! The week before Christmas, we are more apt to overspend. You may have inadvertently left someone off our Christmas list or you didn't expect the cost of making your great aunt's divinity to be quite so high. (Pecans are expensive, y'all!)

December 18, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man arrested for biting girlfriend

A fight between a woman and her baby's daddy led to his arrest and her with a bite on her hand.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dollar Tree buggy dispute leads to fight

A fight over a buggy at the Dollar Tree led to an arrest Friday evening.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local duo Samuel & Caleb release CD

The young Newton County duo Samuel & Caleb look like they're starting to fall into a rhythm.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


McDonald’s closed for low health scores

The McDonald's restaurant on Salem Road at Brown Bridge Road was closed by state health officials for one day Tuesday after failing two routine inspections this year.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Every year local law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County during the Shop with a Cop program. The event raises not only awareness but holiday cheer as law enforcement join the children at a local discount store to make Christmas dreams come true.

December 14, 2011 | William Brawley | LOCAL


United Way meets goal

In a year where nonprofits struggle harder than ever to meet the increasing economic need of residents, the Covington-Newton County United Way met its fundraising goal for 2011 a few weeks early.

December 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Throws of Love

Miranda Brunn, 11, a regular volunteer at the Covington Manor Nursing Home, decided to go an extra step this year to help the elderly. The Oak Hill fifth grader decided to give all 73 residents of the nursing home a lap throw for Christmas. She started Throws of Love, a nonprofit organization, and sought donations through the community in order to provide a gift to all the residents. Miranda dressed as an elf (with her mother as Santa Claus) and delivered the throws. Her goal is to expand the nonprofit to include more nursing homes next year.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family Christmas night Friday at The Oaks

The giant reindeer are already out at The Oaks Golf Course, but Santa, roasted marshmallows and Christmas lights will ring in the season Friday.

December 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO assists in child porn arrest

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Son fights father with machete

A fight between father and son ended with the son in jail after deputies reportedly saw him with a machete aimed at his father.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hank Johnson opposes Netflix bill

US Rep. Hank Johnson has expressed his distain for a bill allowing companies like Netflix to share customers' movie selections on Facebook.

December 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Call about abuse leads to arrest for outstand warrants

Police responding to an accusation of child abuse weren't able to substantiate that accusation but did arrest the child's mother on outstanding warrants.

December 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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