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Medical marijuana: Caught between two bills but on track to pass

When State Representative Allen Peake was first asked about medical marijuana by a reporter in January 2014, his response was swift and dismissive.

December 09, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS announces System Student Growth Percentile Data

The State Department of Education (GDOE) has released the State Student Growth Model (GSGM), a metric for parents and educators to better understand and analyze the progress students make from year to year.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Federal introduces Kasasa

Newton Federal Bank becomes the next financial institution in Georgia to launch Kasasa checking.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man left Waffle House driving with beer, gin, vodka

A man was driving with an open beer, bottle of vodka and bottle of gin after being told to leave a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

December 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa photos at The News Thursday

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford's roots run deep

The city of Oxford is another year older - and it's people, another year wiser.

December 06, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Christmas comes to town

Santa came to town this weekend, as Christmas activities dotted the Newton County calendar. Friday, along with the Grinch visiting the Covington Square and Santa Claus visiting The Covington News, Porterdale held its annual Christmas Parade. The Porterdale Police department and its K-9 unit led the way, and the Newton High School Sound Factory band heralded Santa Claus pulled in his sleigh by two live reindeer. Saturday the Covington Lions Club held its annual parade, with 100 floats and marching bands going through Floyd Street and the Square, before Santa Claus paraded his way into town. Various other concerts filled ...

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Medical marijuana bill to be proposed

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

December 06, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Purple Heart for ‘Mama Bear’

Maj. Patty Justice was awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Walk of Heroes Veterans memorial at Black Shoals park in Rockdale. She was wounded on Aug. 7, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while she was serving as a surgical nurse at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan. Visits CovNews.com to see her Veteran's Story.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless, hopeful

Emmett Mauzy and his family had a tough time staying at the home of someone who he thought was a friend and needed to leave. As the Mauzy family approached its storage unit where all its possessions were stored, things went from bad to terrible to horrific.

December 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle of Lights

Social Circle's Lighting of the Tree will take place today at 5:30 p.m.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths

Rockdale and Newton officials answered youths' questions about racial disparities in policing and government at an extraordinary forum held Dec. 3 at Springfield Baptist Church in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

December 06, 2014 | John Ruch | LOCAL


Twilights at Chimney Park

Christmas is right around the corner.

December 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Six Piper Road businesses broken in to

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has no suspects and no witnesses in the break-ins that occurred along Piper Road last weekend.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery suspect arrested

A Covington man was arrested Wednesday night, after a robbery left someone shot in the right elbow and in an Atlanta hospital Tuesday.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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9-1-1: By the numbers

Covington/Newton County 911 has released its annual report and calls have exceeded the 110,000 mark for 2010, increasing 4 percent since 2009, but without an increase in staff.

February 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes outlined by Deal, legislators

ATLANTA - Only Georgia's top-performing high school students would continue to receive free public college tuition under sweeping changes Gov. Nathan Deal and Republicans proposed Tuesday for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Plans for Falcon stadium move forward

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center Authority will enter into a "memo of understanding" - the next step toward a new, open-air stadium for the NFL team.

Both sides say the agreement does not constitute a done deal, but allows them to begin discussions about the business relationship that would be involved in whatever plan is developed.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford zoning plan work continues

The proposed zoning ordinance remains a work in progress for the city of Oxford, but the document that's been more than a year in the making should be ready for a council vote by spring.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA - Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials said Monday that someone stole personal patient information and used it illegally.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pre-k supporters rally today

ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia's pre-kindergarten program plan a rally at the state Capitol.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. Advocates will call upon Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators to commit to supporting the program for the 150,000 4-year-olds in the state who are eligible to participate.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington author publishes inspirational book

God has been good to Covington author Joyce Fincher, who has a new inspirational book available online, "He'll Lead You Through Your Sea."

It's her testimony of how God has led her through the darkest times of her life, as well as through the happy times. Fincher believes that she is simply God's vessel through whom he has written the story of her experiences.

February 22, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Fulton firefighters find pot plants

ATLANTA - Fulton County fire officials say firefighters sent to douse an overnight blaze found dozens of suspected marijuana plants growing in the basement.

Fulton fire Battalion Chief Markus Jones says firefighters were sent to the house in south Fulton County early Monday. Jones says there was no one home when the firefighters arrived. He says the signs of a marijuana-growing operation included special lighting.

February 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - Feb. 20

Pack your lunch and bring your own coffee. It's plain and simple, friends - this saves money! I estimate my family saves $150 a month by using this frugal living strategy. That's $1,800 a year! When you look at it like that, the convenience of not so healthy fast food and an overpriced cuppa joe isn't nearly as attractive, is it? Think about how much you could save if you drove past that shiny coffee shop with a thermos of your favorite in hand, brown bag filled with homemade goodies waiting beside you for lunch! Don't ...

February 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Horace Johnson: Living in changing times

Judge Horace Johnson has made a lot of memories since being born in Newton County Hospital in the late 50s. But the one that stands out most clearly happened at Ficquett Elementary School when he was one of the first black students to be integrated in Newton County.

February 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


An abundant Arbor Day

Planting frenzy: Newton County celebrated Arbor Day in several cities on Saturday.

February 20, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


A view from the House

The most significant bill by far to reach the house floor was the adjustment to the current, fiscal 2011 budget, also known as the supplemental or little budget bill. A few other items were of interest as well.

February 20, 2011 | By Doug Holt, Representative | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Families brace for HOPE cuts

ATLANTA - For Christopher McGee, getting the HOPE scholarship meant he could afford Georgia State University.

But state lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the cash-strapped scholarship program that has paid for more than 1 million Georgians to get a higher education - meaning McGee and other students across the state may have to pay thousands of dollars more for college. The 19-year-old from College Park said he'll likely increase the hours he works at his part-time job as a file clerk at an Atlanta law firm and decrease his class load to help make up the difference.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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