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Watch: interview with Governor Deal

Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP convention brings division

Saturday morning, the Newton County Republican Party was divided by yellow caution tape, but by evening, they had formed two separate, rival groups, both claiming to represent the GOP.

March 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volunteers needed to keep Newton beautiful

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: BOC public hearing on landfill

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New hotel coming to Covington

Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington.

March 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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City railroad crossings to be paved

Covington will finally begin paving some of the unused Norfolk Southern railroad crossings this month.

April 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff requesting $2.76 million more

Once again, one of the toughest budget decisions for county commissioners will be how much money to devote to law enforcement and the jail, as the sheriff asked commissioners to reverse course Tuesday night and give his office an additional $2.76 million for fiscal year 2012.

April 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper given life sentence

Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Wendy Cartledge-Carter on Tuesday afternoon. The jury also sentenced him to life for armed robbery and 25 years to run concurrent on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and bringing stolen property into the state.

April 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lions to hold barbecue fundraiser

The solution for supper is easy for next Wednesday, as the Covington Lions Club stages its 39th annual chicken barbecue.

Tickets are on sale now for the barbecue, which will be held form 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Academy Springs Park Pavilion on Conyers Street.

April 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Life without parole in Lakemper case

Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced on Tuesday to life without parole for malice murder in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

April 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No bidders on Church in the Now

Church in the Now's property on Iris Drive in Conyers goes back to the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union after there were no bidders during the foreclosure sale at the Rockdale County courthouse this morning.

April 05, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Closing arguments today: Life or Death

Jurors will hear closing arguments in the penalty phase of the death penalty trial of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper tomorrow, and are expected to begin deliberating his fate before the end of day.

April 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Four arrested on forgery charges

An attempt to pass a forged check for $916.42 on Friday led to four arrests, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Road Dollar General opens Saturday

West Newton County residents will have a new shopping venue this weekend with the opening of a Dollar General at 8 a.m. on Saturday at 3227 Salem Road.

April 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Trauma care in Newton County

When Newton County residents get into a car accident or take a nasty fall they become trauma patients and, as such, must be taken to a trauma center, which means an ambulance or helicopter ride into Atlanta or to Walton Regional Medical Center in Monroe.

April 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington fire chief finalists selected

Covington has three finalists for its fire chief position, including Covington's own fire marshal David Carter and retired deputy fire chiefs from the Atlanta and Chicago fire departments.

April 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - April 3

I love the taste of flavored creamer in my coffee, but I sure don't like the price. I've done a little experimenting with different frugal flavorings in my coffee pot lately and the results have been delicious. You'll welcome any one of these additions in a freshly brewed pot of coffee - almond extract; dried orange peel; vanilla extract; and cinnamon sticks. If you grind your own coffee beans, throw in a handful of hazelnuts. Drop a butterscotch candy into a piping hot cup of coffee and you've got yourself a yummy treat. Use a candy cane ...

April 03, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Penalty phase begins in Lakemper trial

Friday was the start of the penalty phase against convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper and his attorneys are now working to save him from being sentenced to the death penalty for crimes against Wendy Cartledge-Carter in 2005.

April 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ex DeKalb officer pleads guilty to bribery

ATLANTA - Authorities say a former DeKalb County deputy police chief has pleaded guilty to charges of accepting bribes.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Donald E. Frank of Monroe pleaded guilty Friday in federal district court to conspiring to take bribes while employed as a deputy police chief with DeKalb County.

April 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woman dies when car strikes Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Police say a woman fleeing from an officer was killed when her car struck a house in East Atlanta.

Atlanta police Capt. Van Hobbs says an officer noticed the woman failing to maintain her lane late Thursday night. He says the officer checked the car's license tag and learned the car's owner was wanted on drug charges.

April 01, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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