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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


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


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Unlucky crook attempts break in at cop's home

A man who was attempting to break into a Covington home on New Year's Day was surprised when the off duty state police officer who lived there opened the door and took him into custody at gunpoint.

January 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Keeping animals safe in the cold

A fur coat only goes so far, the Georgia Department of Agriculture's Animal Industry Division warned Wednesday when it urged pet owners and farmers to take precautions with their animals as temperatures drop.

January 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tommy Craig reappointed county attorney

County Attorney Tommy Craig will serve another year in that position after the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to reappoint him at Tuesday night's meeting.

January 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Hall to leave Chamber of Commerce

Hunter Hall is leaving the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce for a business development position with Kelly Products after informing his staff of the change Monday.

January 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Legislative Prayer Breakfast Friday

The Rotary Club of Covington will host its annual Prayer Breakfast Friday at First Baptist Church in Covington.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Merger of GPC, GSU approved

Georgia Perimeter College will soon become part of Georgia State University after a proposal recommending the consolidation of the two schools from Board of Regents Chancellor Hank Huckaby was approved Tuesday morning.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Poll: Would you renew Tommy Craig?

To vote on this poll, please visit the main webpage of CovNews.com, and scroll a little more than halfway down the page. The poll is located in the center portion of the website below the "Ask the Expert" section.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former NYPD det. has storage unit robbed

A retired NYPD Detective had around $14,000 worth of items taken from his storage unit at South of the Square Storage recently.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drinking water pipe replacement begins

The City of Covington has completed several large public works projects with a major drinking water pipe upgrade currently underway.

January 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington swears in 4 new officers

The city of Covington and the Covington Police Department swore in four new officers at Monday night's city council meeting, amid trying times for police officers.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ann Brewer: A legacy of service

Ann Capolino Brewer was a natural leader known for her relentless efforts to better her community. She was especially known for her work on behalf of those suffering from cystic fibrosis, and was a champion of Georgia farmers as one of the first organizers of the organic food movement.

January 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


History speaks from beyond the grave

The old Dover Cemetery is all but invisible from the road save for a few heavily worn headstones peeking out from a family plot overgrown with long, dry grass and pine saplings. Further back, some of the more recent headstones have been tended to, but a collapsed wire fence and thickets of brambles stand as evidence of years of neglect.

January 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


New Year Nutrition

2015 is here! And if you are like me, you enjoy your family traditions surrounding this holiday.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Storms predicted this weekend

Storms will usher in more rain, followed by cold temperatures across Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties this week.

January 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO deputy's vehicle catches fire

A Newton County Sheriff's Deputy patrol vehicle is currently under investigation by the Jasper County Fire Service after it caught fire shortly after 3:30 on Monday.

January 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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