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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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Tickets remain for prayer breakfast

Tickets remain for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dealing with dementia

Kathy Fowler knew something was wrong after her husband, Philip, had quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2003.

December 29, 2010 | By DiAnn Wheeler Special to The Covington News | LOCAL


Music, testifying and biscuits for New Year's

You can ring in the new year at Calvary Community Church in Conyers.

December 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Paper editions combine for New Year's

The Covington News will ring in the new year with a combined edition.

We're producing a newspaper that will come out New Year's Day (Saturday), a combination of your Friday and Sunday editions.

December 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Looking back: Our most-viewed stories

Newton County experienced much in 2010, from unemployment and recession to robberies and wrecks. According to CovNews.com, the top 10 stories of 2010 have been read by a combined 102,286 readers. Here's a look at the most-read stories for the year:

December 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale hydro plant to reopen in 2011

Some $1 million in repairs have been completed on Porterdale's hydroelectric plant, and it should begin supplying the city with power by February.

December 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Truck wreck blocks I-20

A tractor trailer wreck shut down Atlanta-bound traffic on Interstate 20 for much of Tuesday.

December 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Service award nominees sought

Know someone with a big heart for helping those in need in Newton County?

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No surprise: It's been a cold December

It's been a cold December in Covington. According to GeorgiaWeather.net, the average daily low for the month is 27.33 degrees, well below the average low of 35.07 for 1971-2000.

December 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Travel outlook for New Year's

Your New Year's travel should be a good bit less sketchy than Christmas turned out to be.

December 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teens find formula for arrest

Six Atlanta teens were arrested early Saturday after allegedly stealing baby formula valued at $1,060.71 from a Covington grocery store.

December 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snowy roads to freeze overnight

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday for a wide swath of central Georgia, including Newton County.

December 25, 2010 | | LOCAL


Community center enriches lives

After spending hours in school, around 50 students still come running into the Washington Street Community Center for classes every afternoon.

December 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau honored at GFB convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau won four of the 11 top state Farm Bureau awards during the 72nd Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention held Dec. 5-7, on Jekyll Island.

December 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How does he do it?

Ever wonder just how Santa Claus makes things happen on Christmas? We asked the man himself and this is what he had to say.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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