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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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Suspect flees officer, leaves behind pink bike

While patrolling U.S. Highway 278 near West Street in the wee hours of Thursday morning, officers noticed a man riding his bike in the middle of the road.

November 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Head kicking leads to arrest

Officers from the Covington Police Department headed to a hotel on City Pond Road after someone called 911 late Thursday night, then hung the phone up.

November 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Student suspended for knife

A Mansfield Elementary student was suspended Tuesday for bringing a collector's knife on a private bus and into school that morning, school officials said.

November 04, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


4-H Fever

Terri Kimble and 4-H are inseparable. The agriculturally-based youth organization is her work, of course, but it's also her passion and a significant chapter in her family history.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salvation Army's red kettles out early

The iconic Salvation Army bell ringers are out earlier than ever this year as the need for economic assistance only continues to grow.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City: Water line insurance not needed

Covington Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon is warning the city's water customers to be wary of insurance solicitations that are being mailed to customers.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Truth Squad: Bobby Sigman's new signs

Statement: Bobby Sigman's new campaign sign: "To lower your light bill elect Sigman mayor."

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC disagrees over recycling contract

Despite the fact Newton County's recycling centers are expected to cost the county $820,912 this year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners renewed its contract for service with Junior Hilliard General Services.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Father, stepfather fight over 13-year-old

A fight between a father and stepfather over the alleged mistreatment of a 13-year-old boy led to the arrest of the child's father Monday afternoon.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stolen steaks lead to arrest

Stolen meat found hidden underneath a car in the Kroger parking lot led to the arrest of 24-year-old Ashley Strawn Sunday afternoon.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Michael G. Meeks, violation of probation, continued on probation, pay $100 a month for three months; thereafter $169 a month.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turkey returned

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing man Galanty found by NCSO

Update, 5:47 p.m.: Missing person Harry Preston Galanty was located by the Newton County Sheriff's Office around 4:15 p.m. this afternoon.

November 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman fights with married boyfriend

A woman who called authorities on the father of her child was ultimately the one arrested Wednesday evening.

November 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Q & A with the Covington candidates

The Covington mayor's race has dominated the conversation this election season, but partially lost in the shuffle are the two contested East Ward council races.

November 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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