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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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Dawg AD expects improvement in 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he's looking for improvement from the Georgia football team and more passion from coach Mark Richt following the Bulldogs' first losing record since 1996.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal sets up blind trust

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


GBI to investigate prisoner abuse allegations

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of abuse at several Georgia prisons.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County wins landfill suit

Newton County reported that its 13-year-old lawsuit to prevent a private landfill from locating here was successful.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Snow back in forecast?

There may be some snow to contend with for your weekend and start of the next work week in Covington and Newton County.

January 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man sustains extensive burns

A homeless man suffered extensive burns Saturday night after a portable propane heater overturned and set his tent on fire as he slept.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New library opens Monday

When Newton County's new $6 million library opens Jan. 10, it will be the county's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered building.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Odd actions before police chief lead to jail time

A 28-year-old Loganville man started the year off badly when his odd actions in view of Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton in the parking lot of the QuickTrip gas station had police looking into the possibility of a drug deal and ended up with him arrested on multiple drug charges.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn honored

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn has been named the recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia Bar Association.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Cousins High gym reopens today

After 40 years of silence, the Wolverine Gym that was once home court for the old R.L. Cousins High School, today will again bustle with activity.

January 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST set for March 15 vote

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to call for a SPLOST special election on March 15.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stop signs coming down at old rail crossings

Those pesky stop signs at railroad crossings in Covington where the train no longer runs should be taken down within the next month or so.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United buys McIntosh bank building

United Bank has purchased the 16,684-square foot McIntosh Commercial Bank building on U.S. Highway 278 for $2.25 million.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for bandits

Police are searching for bandits who robbed a Shell station on Brown Bridge Road on New Year's Day.

January 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County didn’t refund Bridgestone taxes

Bridgestone Golf will not receive an $83,000 tax refund from Newton County for taxes it overpaid in 2006 and 2007, after the Board of Commissioners let the matter lapse.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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