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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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Dally runs for Social Circle mayor

The race for Social Circle's mayor has drawn a third candidate, Hal W. Dally.

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bandit fails in Dollar General theft

A gunman tried to rob a Dollar General employee Sunday morning but was thwarted when the employee managed to lock herself inside her car.

July 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in copper theft

A man reportedly seen crawling from under a house with a bag filled with copper pipes was arrested Friday on a felony burglary charge.

July 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


Your Monday morning briefing

Good morning!

July 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fight leads to disorderly conduct arrest

A panicked mother called police for help Monday afternoon when a group of young men reportedly began beating on her child.

July 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oliver’s garden

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season.

July 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Sheriff studies policing in Israel

After two weeks in Israel, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has come home not only with new ideas for the county, but with a new sense of peace.

July 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Airport Road construction starts Monday

Newton County will begin work on Airport Road Monday after receiving a permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation Thursday.

July 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Film makes for wizardly weekend

Thursday night's midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was bittersweet for my Littles and me. Surrounded by hundreds of fans dressed in tribute of their favorite boy wizard, we watched the very last installment of the Harry Potter stories hit the big screen and carry us on a ride we already knew by heart, but didn't chance even a blink for fear of missing something. That something is a magic that transcends both the screen and the page.

July 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Your Saturday briefing

Good morning:

July 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Woman arrested for beating her husband

A night out ended in an arrest after a woman allegedly assaulted her husband because he wouldn't let her drink and drive.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One arrested in ATM heist

One man has been arrested and charged with the theft of the ATM from Essex Bank early Wednesday.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Be on the lookout for trucks with fuel tanks

Detectives with the Covington Police Department are asking for help in their search for thieves who took diesel fuel in the past two weeks.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Garden of the week

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season: He and his wife have a massive garden in Oxford where they grow everything they need. See the full version of this story in Sunday's edition of The News.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 15

Janelle J. Steele, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, theft by shoplifting. Reset for July 14.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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