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Navigate the transportation bill

If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.

March 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


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FaithWorks temporarily closed

Need in Newton County is greater than ever before, and after giving out $13,700 in aid in August, FaithWorks is temporarily closed.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two school buses involved in morning wreck

Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15. The two buses (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6 and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sweet treats for local heroes

To honor local firefighters and police officers on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, America's National Girl Kaitlyn Cole and Summer Hollis baked more than 600 cookies and delivered them to departments in Covington, Conyers, Walnut Grove, McDonough and Loganville.

September 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Artful Harvest awards ceremony is Thursday

Southern Heartland Arts Inc.'s annual "Artful Harvest" gallery event is running now through Sept. 29 at the Covington branch of the Newton County Library.

September 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Four people killed in weekend accidents

Four area residents, including one Covington woman, were killed in three separate accidents this weekend in Newton and Walton counties.

September 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County remembers 9/11

At Sunday morning's 9/11 remembrance, Newton County leaders expressed sadness and were solemn, but they also asked residents to not lose hope in their fellow man and what can be accomplished when working together.

September 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


28th Annual Fuzz Run

The 28th annual 5K Fuzz Run and Fun Run kicked off this morning in downtown Covington. The race is used to raise funds to support the Police Who Care Fund. To see the amount raised and to see who won in each division, check back to www.covnews.com.

September 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


House on Kirk Street robbed

A home on Kirk Street was robbed of several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and property while the owners were at church Tuesday afternoon.

September 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Write-in candidate for Covington mayor

The Rev. James T. Walden will be a write-in candidate for the Covington mayor seat.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council divided on city charter update

The city charter was originally written in 1962 and council members agree it needs to be updated; they can't just agree on how.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9/11 remembrance Sunday at courthouse

Newton County's official remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. Sunday in front of the Historic Courthouse.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Literacy Festival scheduled for Saturday

For the ninth year Covington will set aside a time to promote and celebrate reading and the written word, with the annual Literacy Festival on the square.

September 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sandhill-Texas Alley hosting reunion

Current and former residents of Sandhill and Texas Alley take a lot of pride in their neighborhoods as evidenced by the more than 500 people expected to attend a reunion celebration Saturday.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man killed in crash

Richard Arthur Swift, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle.

September 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets free used van, buses

The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.

September 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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