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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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Cattlemen award scholarship

Anna Daniel, daughter of Mary and Millard Daniel of Jackson, is the recipient of a scholarship from the Piedmont Cattlemen's Association.

May 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPS: Prepare cars now for travel season

The Georgia State Patrol is encouraging motorists to make sure their vehicles are ready for the road before embarking on summer trips. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said summer's high temperatures lead to an increase in the number of stalled vehicles Georgia State Troopers and Motor Carrier Compliance Officers see on Georgia roads.

May 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local color guard at Braves game

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Petty Officer Kurtis Glenn (foreground) participated in presenting the colors at the Atlanta Braves game on Memorial Day at Turner Field.

May 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCAA big money a recipe for scandal

I'm sure most of you figured I'd write about the Jim Tressel, Ohio State scandal and you're right. I do so for two reasons. First, as the husband of a devoted fan of the scarlet and grey, it's my duty. The other is because I actually pose a question for us all to ponder. Is it possible for a college coach at a high-profile program to rule with an iron fist?

May 31, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Covington Cavs keep winning

The Covington Cavaliers are tearing up the competition. They currently on an 18-game winning streak in Georgia and have won four straight tournament titles. The Cavaliers have not lost to a Peach State team this season. Sunday, the winning continued with a 66-59 win over Team Impact MH for the 15U championship at Suwanee Sports Academy. Capturing the USSSA State Championship was the fourth consecutive title the Cavaliers have won this season.

May 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shot fired at local graduation party

A local man was arrested Saturday night after firing a gun into a group of people at a graduation party.

May 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


uh-oh: It's hot and getting hotter

Hot weather will continue through the week for Covington residents.

May 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Goth teen's murder conviction reversed

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a teenage girl who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her mother, concluding on Tuesday that the trial court shouldn't have allowed prosecutors to introduce a "curse" found among her belongings and pictures of her wearing Gothic outfits that suggested she held satanic beliefs.

May 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Local biker keeps mind, body in shape

As the world rolls by, it quiets down. At the same time, the body shifts to a higher drive, muscles flexing, blood pumping, mind racing. When Shey Lindner hops onto a bike, he can take stock of life.

May 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cyclist dies fleeing police

ATLANTA - The Georgia State Patrol says a motorcyclist is dead after slamming into a car while trying to flee a state trooper.

May 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mother, newborn safe; two charged

MARIETTA - Two people are under arrest in the disappearance of a 27-year-old woman and her newborn daughter who turned up safe in different Georgia counties.

May 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One-tank trips abound in Georgia

To all those families fretting over the prospect of pricey vacations, never fear, The Covington News 2011 Summer Guide is here. And as it turns out, Georgia has more than its fair share of outdoor attractions, ranging from mountains to beaches to scenic hiking trails and rivers.

We've listed several state parks and a few local gems that you can reach on one tank of gas (a few may take a refill) and should fit in most budgets. If any of our choices peak your interest, be sure to their websites for more information and full costs.

May 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two drown in Ga. lakes, one missing

ACWORTH - Two people are reported to have drowned in Georgia lakes during the holiday weekend, and a third apparent drowning victim is being sought.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Arson possible in five housefires in Troup

LAGRANGE - Troup County sheriff's deputies are investigating five predawn house fires in the Mountville area north of LaGrange.

Officials say one of the houses damaged Monday morning was occupied. Sheriff Donny Turner says the occupants got out safely.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


A special salute

Newton County honored its fallen heroes with two Memorial Day observations on Monday.

May 30, 2011 | | LOCAL


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