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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


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


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Court sentencings - July 10

Rachel Lynn Capes-Ray, burglary, 10 years probation, 180 days in detention center, $1,000. Making false statements, 5 years probation, $1,000. stay away order.

July 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County cross trains workers to cut costs

"People would rather vary their job duties than lose jobs," she said. "All department heads are trying very hard not to cut jobs. There are no fiefdoms anymore, no pride."

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kyrgyzstani student interns locally

Kyrgyzstan resident Aitbek Amatov is getting a first-hand look at American life.

July 10, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Free homebuyer workshop July 30

There's never been a better time to buy a house. That's the classic real estate mantra, but it continues to ring true in a downtrodden housing market that shows no sure signs of recovery.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: DeSoto Falls Recreation Area

A short walk through the woods will reward you with two cool waterfall views at DeSoto Falls Recreation Area north of Cleveland.

July 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Several businesses moving ground

Bullritos Mexican restaurant had scheduled to open July 25 in Covington, but construction setbacks may push the opening into August, Covington Senior Planner Scott Gaither said.

July 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sports and more at Salem Camp

Dozens of children participated in the Bobby and Karen Milton Wide World of Salem Sports event at Salem Campmeeting Saturday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenagers intern at county offices

Newton County's latest batch of summer interns spent their last day with the county Friday.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Martin challenges Whatley for council

Ronald Martin says he wants to bring another fiscally conservative voice to the Covington City Council and will challenge Mike Whatley for the Post 2 East council seat.

July 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Atlanta school super apologizes

ATLANTA - Former Atlanta schools Superintendent Beverly Hall apologized Friday to the people of Atlanta and their children for "any shortcomings," but says the educators involved in the district's cheating scandal bear the "moral responsibility."

July 09, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman arrested in grandma beating

Officers on their way to a family fight found the offender lying in the middle of the road screaming.

July 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stocks plunge on weak hiring

WASHINGTON - Hiring slowed to a near-standstill last month, raising doubts that the economy will rebound in the second half of the year.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Athens teen dies of pellet gun injury

ATHENS - The family of 15-year-old Jose Antonio "Tony" Rivera is donating the organs of the teen, who died after an accidental shooting left a pellet lodged in his brain.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Library will get reduced state funding

Update, Friday, 11:37 a.m.: The Newton County Library System will get state money this year, though that funding will be 16 percent less than last year.

July 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed by train in Douglas County

LITHIA SPRINGS - Authorities say a man lying on railroad tracks has been struck by a train and killed near Lithia Springs in Douglas County.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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