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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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Black Masons celebrate 131 years in Covington

Local black Masons celebrated their 131st anniversary in Covington Saturday, and Mayor Kim Carter proclaimed June 25, 2011, as Friendship Lodge 20 Day.

July 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington resident awarded by Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has honored Mark Burton, a lifetime Covington resident, with a Florence Nightingale medal.

July 01, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Facebook hookup leads to rape charge

A 19-year-old has been charged with raping a girl he met on Facebook.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting babysitter

A Covington man charged with molesting his children's babysitter served two days in jail before bonding out.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flurry of motions in death penalty case

An attorney for accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado on Thursday filed 18 motions in the death penalty case against the defendant.

June 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Troopers preparing for July fourth holiday

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up this weekend and to plan travel activities with safety in mind.

June 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man uses iPod to video women in store

MARIETTA - Authorities say a Cobb County man has been charged with using his iPod to videotape under women's skirts without their permission.

June 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Good news: No lane closures for holiday

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures during the Fourth of July weekend.

June 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Millage hike, workers cut in Porterdale

Declining property values continue to hit Porterdale hard and will force the city to raise its property tax rate by 2 mills, lay off two city workers and add 12 furlough days.

June 29, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Federal judge upholds Obama healthcare

CINCINNATI - In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.

June 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Naked man arrested at Walmart

A naked man was arrested late last night, parked outside of Walmart in Covington.

June 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local country singer Millwood passes

Anyone who knew Tommy Lee Millwood Sr. can't help but smile when reminiscing about his larger-than-life personality and his undying love for music.

June 29, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Courthouse offers modern spin on an old style

The Historic Courthouse has gotten a retro look for the Fourth of July. The red, white and blue bunting is in a style that adorned the courthouse about 1908 for an endurance car race, according to Cheryl Delk, special projects coordinator for the Newton County Commission. The image was from a period postcard from Gary Doster that Delk came across that is part of the GeorgiaInfo collection (see it here).

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County youth sports set for webcast

Youth sports broadcasts are back on the air in Newton County, but you'll need a PC instead of a television to watch them.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nelson Heights center to remain open

The Nelson Heights Community Center will get a second year of life.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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