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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


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County under the gun over landfill deal

Newton County's Board of Commissioners is under pressure to accept a settlement to privatize operation of the public landfill or face a lawsuit that could cost the county tens of millions.

March 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL


Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doctors: Lakemper ‘antisocial’

Attorneys spent much of Monday and Tuesday questioning forensic psychiatrists as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bats invade foreclosed Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Neighbors living near a bat-infested Georgia home in foreclosure are trying to figure out what to do about the flying mammals.

They say the smell outside is so overwhelming they can't sit on their porches and enjoy the spring weather.

March 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vampire fans flock to Covington

Sandra Lesny received an early birthday present from her husband for 2011. And 2012. And 2013. A trip to the EyeCon convention last week in Atlanta to see her favorite stars of the hit TV show "The Vampire Diaries."

She was joined by fans from all around the United States. Lesny is from Bremen, Germany, and she was far from the only foreign citizen to make the trip.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 30

o Donrico Marcellous Smith, 18, 330 Mountainview Drive, Covington, March 16. Speeding, license required (surrender of), obstruction or hindering law enforcement officer.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Cheerios Challenge

Registration is open through April 12 for the 10th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge.

March 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Panel OK's tax plan

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has approved a tax overhaul plan that would cut the personal income tax rate but slap a sales tax on some new goods and services.

The Special Joint Committee on Georgia Revenue Structure voted to send the bill to a full House vote. It will be on the House floor Wednesday.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Scout cookie crackdown crumbles in Villa Rica

VILLA RICA, Ga. - After Girl Scout leaders said some of the younger girls feared being arrested during a February confrontation with police in Villa Rica at their cookie stand, another troop of Girl Scouts from the area decided to show their support for the officers.

Members of Troop 10442 visited the police station this week and surprised officers with plaques of appreciation, Girl Scout cookies and a scrapbook of thank you cards, the Times-Georgian of Carrollton reported.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


April is National Child Abuse month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Prevent Child Abuse Newton encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Newton County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

March 29, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Atlanta pastor slain

ATLANTA - Authorities say the associate pastor of an Atlanta church was found shot to death Monday at a home in Atlanta.

WSB-TV reports that Derek Moses sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

March 29, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


MD: Lakemper has antisocial personalty

Attorneys spent much of Monday questioning the state's expert forensic psychiatrist as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crystal Organic Farm honored

Crystal Organic Farm has been named Newton County's Conservationist of the Year by the Upper Ocmulgee River Soil and Water Conservation District.

March 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


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