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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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$2,500 in weaves stolen

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for those responsible for a burglary off the square. But unlike traditional burglaries, the thief didn't break into the store. They broke out of it.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman hit while taking back items

A fight over a bag full of personal items led to an arrest Saturday afternoon after one woman hit the other in the face in front of deputies.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ramseys donate to Arts Association

Sam and Becky Ramsey and Ramsey Furniture Co. made a $2,500 donation to the Arts Association at the "Splittin' the Raft" performance on Oct. 7. The play, performed by Kennesaw State University, under the direction of Harrison Long, integrated the speeches of Frederick Douglass with Mark Twain's "Huck Finn." In addition to the public performance, the play was presented to high school American literature and drama students in the morning with a workshop for drama students that afternoon. Other sponsors to the event included Michelin Tread Technologies and Springfield Baptist Church.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Y presents “Get Off the Couch Week”

Do you want to avoid the Holiday Slump? The Covington YMCA will be hosting "Get Off the Couch Week" Nov. 12-19 to help you get active and stay active. All group exercise classes will be offering new music and new moves to help keep your workout fresh. Prizes will be awarded to members for attendance and bringing friends to join the fun!

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP wins awards

The Newton County NAACP chapter won two awards at the annual state conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at the Marriott in Atlanta.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Banks aid elderly with crime prevention

For the second year in a row, Newton Federal Bank has joined with the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association to ensure that 40,000 veterans living in 160 state veteran nursing homes in the U.S. are able to live out their lives in safe, secure, enhanced quality of life environments free from the daily fear of crime, abuse, neglect, hostility and deprivation of personal freedom, as provided through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation's Senior Crimestoppers program.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC moves to add county manager

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift away from the chairman after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a county manager who will report directly to the board of commissioners.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

COVINGTON

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smallwood, Dunn win Mansfield seats

In Mansfield's two contested races, Marty Smallwood defeated incumbent Orville McGunigal for the Post 1 race, and Lisa Dunn beat out David NaDell in the open Post 4 race.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elections held today

Check back to this page tonight for breaking elections results. In the meantime, make sure you take the time to vote. Elections in Covington historically have a small turnout. In 2007, there were only 1,309 votes cast in the mayoral election, so every vote matters.

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC consensus to shift power to itself

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a replacement administrative officer who will report directly to the board of commissioners, but no longer report to the chairman.

November 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chairman against county manager switch

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan does not want the board of commissioners to create a county manager position before the matter has been studied and presented to the public.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candidates late filing campaign reports

Several Covington and Porterdale candidates owe at least one fine to the State Ethics Commission for filing a campaign report late, but nearly all of them have at least filed the required reports.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Indian Creek Golf Club to close Nov. 28

Golfing was one of the first activities to decline during the economic downturn. Four years later, Bryan Raines hasn't seen enough improvement.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to talk gov’t change Monday

The future of Newton County's government will be discussed at a work session at 7 p.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse when county commissioners discuss whether to switch to a full-time county manager system.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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