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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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Remains of US troops dumped in landfill

According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Air Force secretly dumped the cremated remains of over 274 US troops in a landfill up until 2008. The procedure was never authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. The procedure was also never disclosed to the families of the troops, who had given the military permission to dispose of remains in a respectful and dignified manner.

December 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shooting on Va. Tech campus

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school's campus Thursday and the university locked down the campus, where 33 people died in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

December 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Get free tickets for legislative breakfast

The Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are hosting the Legislative Prayer Breakfast for the second straight year from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Turner Lake Complex.

December 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘The Nutcracker’ to be performed Saturday and Sunday

For the last decade, the Covington Regional Ballet has presented the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," and this year the ballet has new choreography, production and directors.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Reads finds new home

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

William Fred Adams, 60, 4197 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 23. Disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A man still facing charges of bestiality in Newton County was arrested Saturday afternoon of charges of cocaine possession.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO holding annual bike ride to benefit needy children

It's time once again for the annual Newton County Sheriff's Office toy run bike ride.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man robbed, shot

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for the two men who allegedly robbed and shot a homeless man on Usher Lane, off Bethany Road, early Friday morning.

December 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Talk redistricting maps on Tuesday

The public will get its first chance to comment on two proposed county redistricting maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle School, Community band to hold concerts

Clements Middle School holds winter concert Tues.

December 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday package sales delayed

Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library cutting employees, hours

The Newton County Library System is going to cut 30 percent of its staff by the end of calendar year 2011, a move that will save the system $200,000 during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Numerous fundraisers to benefit Miracle League this month

The Miracle League of Newton County is currently working on several events to benefit the program this Christmas.

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two Newton students finalists for Georgia Piedmont student of year

Two Newton County students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College were among 10 students selected as semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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