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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


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


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iPads stolen from Flint Hill school

A shipment of iPads was stolen from Flint Hill Elementary School last week, according to reports from the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

July 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Accident cleared on I-20 eastbound before West Avenue

The accident on I-20 eastbound has been cleared and all lanes are open again, according to Rockdale County 911.

July 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Gas prices rise in metro Atlanta

The pain at the pump continues as the price for gasoline is up 8.2 cents per gallon in the last week, according to GasBuddy.com.

July 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Lake Lanier at 2009 levels

Lake Lanier's elevation has dropped to a level it hasn't been at since before a historic two-year drought that ravaged Georgia ended on Oct. 14, 2009.

July 25, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Your Monday briefing

It's the start of the work week. Here's a roundup of what you need to know from staff and Associated Press reports to get you off to a good start.

July 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Project Renewal seeks donations

For the children living at Project Renewal, a domestic violence shelter, their lives have often been filled with stresses no child should endure, but getting ready to start a new school year shouldn't be one of them.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week: July 24

I really can't say enough good things about my slow cooker. I use it at least once a week, more often when we're busy. Aside from putting dinner on and then forgetting about it for the rest of the day, the slow cooker is one of my favorite money saving gadgets because I can use lower quality meats and vegetables. Slow cooking them makes them tender, juicy and delicious. My family just thinks I'm a cooking genius for turning a tough piece of pork roast into tender barbecue or a rag tag bunch of vegetables into a ...

July 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Yellow River Game Ranch

Imagine walking through the woods and being able to pet a deer, or to have a friendly squirrel scamper up to you in search of a treat. It might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but at Yellow River Game Ranch, the fairy tale is real.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City, county leadership to change

Newton County has a history of strong, stable leadership, which enabled it to recruit one large industry after another in decades past.

July 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle discusses SPLOST disbursement

The Social Circle City Council agreed to approve a Special Local Option Sales Tax document, but refrain from voting on the disbursement of payment until the language of the document can be agreed on with Loganville.

July 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County employee budget cuts released

Newton County must cut nine employees and two vacant positions in the $44.28 million budget the board of commissioners approved Tuesday. One worker will have a reduction in hours.

July 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Saturday briefing

The weekend is here. Check out this roundup of what's happening from the Associated Press and staff reports.

July 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Unsolved lynching re-enactment today

MONROE, Ga. - A coalition of black lawmakers and social justice groups are gathering to re-enact the 1946 lynching of two black couples at Moore's Ford bridge in northeast Georgia.

July 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman alleges sexual battery by boss

Detectives are looking into complaints that a woman's boss sexually battered her and fired her when she threatened to tell.

July 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spring Ministries fundraiser July 30

Spring Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps single parents and their children, will hold a fundraiser dinner at 5 p.m. on July 30 at DeKalb Tech's Newton Center, 8100 Bob Williams Parkway, Covington.

July 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


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