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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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Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Liberty Middle instructors honored

Two Liberty Middle School instructors were among 30 from across Georgia who were honored recently for their achievements in education at the United In Christ Forever's annual Unity Conference.

March 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At Home with the Hambys

Who: Bobby and Debra Hamby

March 13, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Friends help community center

Two years ago, Doug Vason and three friends donated $600 to the Washington Street Community Center.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Delia Fleming elected local GOP chair

The Newton County Republican Party elected local officials and state delegates Saturday morning as it prepares for the 2012 presidential election.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Abortion bill tabled in state Senate

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has tabled legislation that would have shut down abortion clinics in Georgia.

Senate Rules Committee chairman Don Balfour, a Republican from Snellville, said after a meeting Friday that he decided to table the bill because of concerns about significant changes added to the bill the day before.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students earn honors at science competition

Several Newton County students took honors in the recent Griffin RESA 2011 Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local mom to run in Miles for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

Kendra Losch is no athlete: She's just a mom who loves her children.

March 11, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


4-H: A trip to the Capitol

Newton 4-H'ers were honored at the State Capitol during Equine Youth Day. 4-H'ers honored were (L-R) Beau Worley, Indian Creek; Morgan Worley, Eastside; Cory Lytle, home school; Remington Warthen, Ficquett; Jessica Tabb, Heritage; and Cassie Warthen, Cousins. They were accompanied by volunteer 4-H leader Martha Worley.

March 11, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


2011 academic calendar approved

The school calendar for the 2011-2012 school year was approved Tuesday by the Newton County Board of Education, with a start date of Aug. 4.

March 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST early voting ends 5 p.m. today

If you don't vote by 5 p.m. today in the SPLOST election, you'll have to wait until the regular election on Tuesday.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Filming returns to downtown Covington

Filming in Covington began Thursday for NBC's made-for-TV movie "The Magic Eye" a tale about high school football in small town America.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County unemployment climbs again

The unemployment rate stands at 12.5 percent in Newton County, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At 114, Georgian is world's oldest person

MONROE. - It's official: 114-year-old Besse Cooper of Monroe was recognized Thursday as the oldest person in the world.

March 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


SPLOST early voting ends Friday

Early voting for SPLOST ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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