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.
County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county's General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.
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.
Kelsey's Law, which was inspired by the story of a brave Oxford girl, passed unanimously in the state House Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Newton County FY2016 budget review will be held Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Services Headquarters on 278.
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.
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.
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.
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.
UPDATE, 12:30 p.m. - The mother is reportedly in stable condition after going through surgery at Atlanta Medical Center. The 10-year-old daughter is reportedly in critical condition and out of surgery.
Update, 10:39 a.m. - The missing girl, Antonia Carpintero, was located near her residence and is doing well, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Strut your stuff and make a difference at the same time at the upcoming Miss Sweetheart Relay 2012 Pageant.
Newton County's new state senator, Ronald B. Ramsey (D-Decatur), will have a meet and greet from 3 to 5 p.m., Friday at Oxford City Hall, 110 W. Clark St.
The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.
A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.
A couple was arrested Friday evening after allegedly getting drunk and arguing with another person on Washington Street.
The cries of business owners along Hazelbrand Road have been heard, and it's possible the Georgia Department of Transportation will adjust its plans for the concrete median on U.S. Highway 278.
Golfers from around the community gathered Friday at The Oaks Course for the second annual B.C Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament helped raise funds for the two $1,000 scholarships which are awarded to students from Eastside, Alcovy and/or Newton high schools.
The city continues to crackdown on unsanitary and unsafe housing, and some unlicensed apartments on Lunsford Circle in Covington are scheduled to be evacuated Thursday.
The City of Covington and Covington Main Street is the winner of the Georgia Downtown Association's Award of Excellence in Downtown Development. The award is presented to one city each year showing the greatest improvement in overall downtown redevelopment.
A Bishop man was killed early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 20 near exit 101.
Southern Heartland Arts' annual "Artful Harvest" event took place Thursday evening with judges awarding first, second and third place awards to a variety of artists and styles of art. Afterwards refreshments were served and people had a chance to mingle and check out the art. The art will be on display in the meeting room of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street through Sept. 29 and is free to view. Many pieces are also available for purchase.
Three high school students were given citations after being caught with alcohol on the school bus Thursday afternoon.
Anthony M. George, violation of probation, 180 days Newton County Jail.