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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


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County under the gun over landfill deal

Newton County's Board of Commissioners is under pressure to accept a settlement to privatize operation of the public landfill or face a lawsuit that could cost the county tens of millions.

March 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Teacher aids breast cancer fight

Cancer has the ability to ruin lives, but the pursuit of a cure has the equal, if not greater, ability to build relationships and show the best in people.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County explores casualty, risk insurance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners have had to make difficult cuts to keep health insurance costs down in recent years, but they turned their eye to the casualty and risk insurance policy they have on their buildings and equipment last week.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


POLL: News stories, forums helpful

So far this campaign season, the Covington elections have seen news stories, in-depth video interviews, a forum, numerous campaign signs and candidates going door to door.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The search for spirits

As Tommy Cook, armed with an electromagnetic field reader and a flashlight, coolly leads a group of paranormal enthusiasts along the dirt road leading to an old church, his daughter Kristen trails behind him, bundled and quivering under the cold drizzle of the October night.

October 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Growing Strong

"We've always tried to make it a family tradition and something different from buying a Christmas tree on the sidewalk somewhere or from a big box store." That's business according to Chuck Berry, whose family has nurtured its Christmas tree sales business on Mount Tabor Road over the last 30 years into a family event.

October 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Musical Young family full of talent

The Youngs are like a lot of families here in Newton County. They like to play video games and go to movies. Of course, spending time with one another is a priority. But unlike most families, mom Chandra Currelley-Young is a professional singer and actress who might be out on tour in Tyler Perry's latest play and dad, Larry Young, is a professional in radio who can be heard on air. When their son, Agape, a senior at Alcovy High School, isn't blowing away the crowd with a trumpet solo during half time shows, he's behind the ...

October 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


‘Take back’ drive collects old medicine

On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the third national Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The Sheriff's Office will be holding the event inside the Wal-mart Supercenter located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E. in Covington. Sheriff's Office personnel with have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused ...

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DEA Atlanta hold its third nationwide prescription drug take-back day

The Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Divisional Office is partnering with national, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, as well as community coalition groups to hold a third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This one-day event will make it convenient for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk man "stalks" store employees

A Newton County man was arrested Monday evening and charged with public drunk after reportedly "stalking" Dollar General employees and acting up in a wing shop.

October 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mall at Stonecrest welcomes 2011 Fall Fair

Let the fun begin! The Mall at Stonecrest presents the Fall Fair at Stonecrest through Nov. 6. Celebrate the Mall at Stonecrest's 10th Anniversary with rides, games, food and family fun. The Fall Fair will feature more than 30 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Lathrio Jackson, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $300. Stay away order.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Syfy show looks for paranormal places

The Syfy Channel's "Haunted Collector" is looking for haunted residences and business to feature on the show's second season, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

October 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minors caught with bolt cutters, machete

A Newton County woman called deputies for help when she noticed a group of elementary-aged children attempting to steal items from her home.

October 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Smallwood running for Mansfield council seat

Mansfield began the election cycle with four contested races, but by the time the election roles around the council post 1 seat is expected to be the only seat with two candidates.

October 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Official trick-or-treating on Monday

Halloween falls on Monday this year and, to answer the annual question, trick-or-treating for Covington and Newton County will take place on Monday.

October 26, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


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