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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


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


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Local council of Knights of Columbus celebrates 16

The Covington council of the Knights of Columbus is a community service organization that has 50 members and about 16 years of service.

November 24, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


City has $9 million left from '07 Cable sale

Covington sold its cable TV system to Charter Communications for $27. 2 million in August 2007, and after four years of land purchases, paying down debt and airport improvements $8.9 million remain.

November 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


True Newton Blue

The Newton boys' basketball team honored Becky Rutledge, widow of former longtime administrator J.W. Rutledge, for donating new blazers and ties in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday. She donated a new set of the patented blue blazers and ties Newton players and coaches wear before games to replace the set the Rutledge family donated several years ago.

November 24, 2011 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Newspaper delayed by mechanical problems

Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.

November 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Upcoming Arts Association events

Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle to hold annual tree lighting on Dec. 3

Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday sales to go into effect in Dec.

Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan working to reverse gov’t switch

As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown to seek reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton on change to county manager

Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoodie argument ends in onion dip assault

An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newman arrested for DUI in Cobb

Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies contact DFACS for local child

A decision by a woman to not help authorities in their investigation against her alleged abuser had deputies contacting the Department of Children Services Wednesday evening on the child's behalf.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Group sought in shots fired incident

Deputies from the NCSO are searching for a group of black males who allegedly fired shots and busted into a home on Oak Terrace Drive late Wednesday night.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton appointed as county manager

Two days after Newton County moved to a county manager form of government, officials have yet to detail how the new structure will work.

November 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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