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Green Hill deal pulled ahead of vote

A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.

June 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City votes to not enforce recent action

COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.

June 25, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Communities gather for Emmanuel 9

Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.

June 25, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Millage increase likely

Newton County officially announced Thursday the "tentative" adoption a 12.99 millage rate for county operations in fiscal year 2016, as county commissioners emphasized that the tax hike represents a shift in millage rather than a significant increase in spending.

June 25, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


BOE approves budget, improvements to Eastside's field

With a new fiscal year beginning next week for the Newton County school district, the Newton County Board of Education (BOE) approved several different contracts for the upcoming school year.

June 24, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Woman shot by boyfriend

A 31-year-old woman was shot in the leg by her boyfriend Monday, prompting an investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, according to Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Thunderstorm watch in effect

Caution is urged this evening after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties through 10 p.m. Wednesday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy celebrates academic, artistic achievements

Newton County's Grace Christian Academy's academic quiz bowl team became international champions for the third time in four years recently at the Accelerated Christian Education International Student Convention in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputies arrest Fla. fugitive

COVINGTON- An attempted murder suspect in a case out of Escambia County in Florida was arrested by deputies last week, the Newton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

June 24, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Prayer Vigil for Charleston

COVINGTON- The public is invited to attend a prayer vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Wednesday, June 24, at the St. Paul AME Church, 13108 Brown Bridge Road, Covington.

June 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cavanaugh retires from The News

T. Pat Cavanaugh, publisher of The Covington News, The Rockdale News, and their respective digital products, has announced his retirement from The News Company.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eastside students travel to Galapagos

Although school is out for the summer, Newton County students are still busy learning. Such a group recently had the ultimate in science and ecological learning experience, heading to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teachers participate in institute for environmental education

The 2015 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) recently concluded at Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia wrapped up an intensive week of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques.

June 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gardening for and as a community

Nothing tastes like a still-warm from the sun, freshly picked beefsteak tomato. It's juicy, red and taste like, well, a tomato.

June 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Initial ruling given in church lawsuit

A Superior Court judge ruled today that the transfer of Mt. Zion and all property associated with the Oxford church to a third party was unlawful.

July 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Music Midtown returns with Coldplay

ATLANTA - The Music Midtown festival is returning to Atlanta with Coldplay set to headline, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday.

July 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Armed robber shoots himself in Newton

Covington police report that a man shot himself this afternoon after allegedly robbing Chip's Health Mart at Pace Street.

July 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Test results out for Newton schools

The Newton County School System has released standardized test scores for its middle and elementary schools.

July 06, 2011 | | LOCAL


Watch out for lightning

The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for frequent lightning and heavy rain in portions of Newton and Rockdale counties.

July 06, 2011 | | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested for razor fight

A Covington woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a June 25 fight caught on video in which a 52-year-old Conyers woman was sliced on the face and abdomen and stabbed, according to Conyers Police Lt. Jackie Dunn.

July 06, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


11 treated for rabies in Canton

CANTON - The North Georgia Health District says six children and five adults are undergoing rabies treatments after being exposed to an unvaccinated rabid dog in Cherokee County.

July 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Legislator avoids foreclosure

CUMMING - The chairman of Georgia's state Senate Banking Committee has avoided losing commercial property in Cumming to foreclosure.

July 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Campmeeting a family tradition

For Ansley and Reba Ogletree, the Salem Campmeeting has been a tradition in their family since 1828.

July 06, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Williams elected to GMA director's board

Covington City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.

July 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Star spangled skyline

July 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Why do murder trials takes so long?

A down economy may affect many things, but not the pace of court proceedings, especially in homicide cases.

July 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


’Swamp People’ stars at Stonecrest

You can learn a bit about alligator hunting and the hard life of the back woods at noon on July 23 when R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere from the History Channel series "Swamp People" make an appearance at the Mall at Stonecrest.

July 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hot air balloon stolen in Gwinnett

LAWRENCEVILLE - Owners of a hot air balloon in Gwinnett County say the aircraft was stolen by thieves.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Casey Anthony found not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. - Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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