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Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Archive By Section - 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


Man charged with molesting two boys

A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman slaps other’s false teeth out

An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.

Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mother swipes beers with child in tow

A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz run takes off Saturday

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real world of pageants

Madaleine Nicolette Moye-Lowery is pageant royalty, but you won't see any screaming fits or sassy mouth on her. Nor will you ever see her wearing fake hair and spray tans, because despite what television might show, the real world of children's pageants is far from "Toddlers and Tiaras."

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three vie for open Porterdale seat

Three candidates qualified for Porterdale council Post 3 Friday, turning the race into the most contested in the county.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spell of rain helps amidst dry summer

Covington residents largely got what they wanted this weekend, a little bit of rain without any damage from Tropical Storm Lee.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 7

Anthony L. Freeman, violation of probation, 90 days Newton County Jail.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See Superior Court calendars online

The Alcovy Circuit opened its new website on Sept. 1.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police form Heavy Metal Task Force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department have joined forces to fight against the increase in copper and air conditioning thefts.

September 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed on West Street

A Covington man was killed early Sunday morning and four men are being held in connection with his death.

September 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton under tornado watch until 8 p.m.

IN BRIEF: Newton and Rockdale counties are among the Georgia counties under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee passes over the state, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

September 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


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