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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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Torres competent to stand trial for murder

Attorneys for accused murderer Abel Torres announced today that he is competent to stand trial for the 2008 murder of his roommate.

June 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County job cuts not decided

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan is adamant the county needs a millage rate increase, but county commissioners are undecided at best.

June 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Chief Floyd retires

Firefighters are family.

June 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Celebrating the Special Olympics

A delegation of athletes from Newton County attended the Ga. State Summer Games at Emory University May 20-22.

June 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Troopers joining Summer H.E.A.T. campaign

The Georgia State Patrol today announced their participation with law enforcement officers across the state for the annual "100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T." campaign. The high visibility enforcement program's goal is to reduce traffic deaths during the summer months. Coordinated by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) program targets speeders, alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, and people not wearing seat belts or adults who do not properly restrain children. The program continues through Labor Day.

June 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in Newton store robbery

One of the men authorities were searching for in connection with last week's convenience store robbery has been arrested.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen charged with rape, molestation

A Newton County teen was charged with child molestation and rape of a middle school-aged girl.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bank robbed in Social Circle

Pinnacle Bank in Social Circle was robbed today around 9:45 a.m. today and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the man responsible.

June 02, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton murder victim identified

The identity of the man found murdered in his mobile home has been released today by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rock from mower kills Troup County woman

LAGRANGE - Troup County officials say a woman died after being hit by a rock slung through the windshield of a car.

June 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Interstate toll lane projects delayed

ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation says it will hold off on a plan to build privately financed toll lanes alongside I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties.

June 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Child mauled by family pet

A 9-year-old boy remains hospitalized after the family's pit bull attacked him Tuesday morning.

June 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Power back on downtown

Power was been restored to downtown Covington around 1 p.m., after two power transformers blew and a primary line snapped off about an hour earlier.

June 01, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Life after two brain tumors

Sugar, spice and everything nice - that's what little girls are made of.

June 01, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


School tagged by graffiti vandals

Liberty Middle School was tagged this weekend by graffiti vandals.

June 01, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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