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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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Committee boosts SPLOST

Elected officials by law cannot actively campaign in favor of the 2011 SPLOST list, but they've appointed a SPLOST committee of community leaders to carry the banner of support.

February 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to protect agricultural land

The Board of Commissioners received an update Tuesday on their participation in a state pilot program that gives Newton County residents and farmers ways to protect their agricultural land.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington motorcyclist dies following crash

A 65-year-old Covington man died of injuries sustained when he was stuck while riding his motorcycle Thursday evening.

February 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Early voting begins for SPLOST

Early voting for the 2011 SPLOST election began today and will run through March 11.

February 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State fees bring in less than expected

ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fuel the streak

There's no love lost between Newton and Stephenson especially while Derrick Henry is a Ram.

January 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal's Newton ties

A 16-year-old boy walked to the podium, dressed in a fine suit and tie. His hair was slicked back, accentuating a long face broken up by horn-rimmed glasses and a thin, confident smile. And when he spoke, people listened.

January 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Extension Office does it all

The Newton County Extension Office, located in the administrative building at 1113 Usher Street, is mystery to some. Providing valuable agricultural education and community services, the obscure office is often mistaken as the county's phone directory.

January 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Reward offered in gun store robbery

The Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of the four men responsible for the armed robbery of Direct Gold Outlet Thursday afternoon.

January 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rams' comeback falls short

Rockdale earned the season split with Newton after holding serve at home with a 66-55 win Saturday. But it wasn't easy.

January 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newton Classic spotlights youth and livestock

Peppermint Pattie, called "P" for short, can't stand the color pink.

January 29, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Share the Dress

Proms were always special for Miranda Tamaska.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


The floors aren’t the only thing that shine at Newton Medical Center

To say Greg Ceaser is committed to his job would be an understatement. Along with his housekeeping staff, Ceaser ensures that Newton Medical Center operates cleanly and efficiently and according to all industry guidelines and standards. He obtained his Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional designation from the American Hospital Association in 2004 and works diligently to acquire 45 hours of continuing education every three years to remain certified. He was recertified this month. The CHESP certification covers a variety of areas including human resources, financial management and leadership, as well as environmental services such as biohazardous waste removal and cleaning ...

January 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial date set for Lakemper case

More than five years after the death of hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, her alleged shooter, Cobey Wade Lakemper, is scheduled to face a Newton County jury in a death penalty trial.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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