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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


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


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Woman found dead in Newton County Jail

A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Robber quickly apprehended

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended just 30 minutes after robbing a gas station on Crowell Road Thursday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for registration approaches

This year's municipal elections could have a large affect on the future of Covington and Porterdale as both mayoral positions and six council seats will be contested.

September 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 30

Juan Luis Vega-Vazquez, 28, 1891 Access Road, Covington, Sept. 20. Open container, affixing tint to windows. License required (surrender of), improper lane usage.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Inside Worthington Manor

Benjamin Dameron has a sense of humor when it comes to his famous house.

September 30, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Nominations sought for needy families

The Tykes, Tots and Teens (TTT) Consignment Sale is looking to make one local family's Christmas much brighter by providing $500 in winter clothing and gifts for their children.

September 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Loyal Gas

It's all about propane.

September 28, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club holds Sept. meeting, presents service award

The Satsuki Garden Club held their September meeting at the Newton County Library on Sept. 12.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sergeant’s hand ripped open by dog

A Newton County sergeant is recovering after an aggressive dog bit his hand deep enough to require stitches early Sunday morning.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 28

Melvin C. Belcher, violation of probation, 150-210 days detention center.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff Oct. 8, at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Rotary car show returns

The Covington Rotary Club will host its 19th annual Cars of the Past car show Sunday on the square. The event highlighted 300 antique cars last year and drew in several thousand visitors. Proceeds from the event will assist the Rotary with civic projects, including the Empty Stocking Fund at Christmas. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton royalty

Breauna Rockett was crowned homecoming queen of Newton High School during Saturday night's football game. Shyheim Stafford was crowned homecoming king.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yoga month at the Y

September is National Yoga Month, and the Covington Y will celebrate this week with yoga prize drawings, yoga guest passes and informational brochures on the benefits of yoga.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom threatens son with knife

A mother remains jailed after allegedly threatening her teen son with a knife because he didn't do his chores.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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