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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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Breaking down the SPLOST

The Board of Commissioners continues to work toward putting together a 2011 SPLOST list to present to the voters at a March 15 referendum. Below are brief descriptions of all county-wide projects included on a proposal created by Commissioner Mort Ewing, which the board supported through informal consensus. The list and dollar amounts are subject to change, as the board will vote on a finalized list at its Dec. 21 meeting.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


“O Come Ya’ll To Covington”

An original community Christmas musical, "O' Come Y'all to Covington," will be staged at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Covington.

December 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation department cuts seven

The Newton Recreation Commission cut seven part-time employees this week to save about $35,000 during the rest of the fiscal year and prevent a budget deficit.

December 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


At Home with The Ramseys

Who: Sam and Becky Ramsey; Prince, purebred Maine Coon cat, and Miss Opal, pastel calico cat

December 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Cities make final SPLOST requests

Newton County's five cities made their final SPLOST requests Friday afternoon with little fanfare, though Mansfield, Oxford and Porterdale asked for additional monies above their pro-rate share.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Southern Folk Advent Saturday in Oxford

Traditional folk hymns of the South are combined with a modern liturgy and presentation of the Biblical Christmas story as Meridian Herald presents its 17th annual Southern Folk Advent at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Old Church at Oxford College.

December 03, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Festival of Trees tonight and Saturday, Twilights at Chimney Park on Sunday

You can see Santa and enjoy themed Christmas trees at the inaugural Festival of Trees at 6 tonight and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the event hall at 1138 Monticello St., next to Plain Nuts Catering.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman takes plea for vehicular homicide

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year pleaded guilty to second degree homicide by vehicle in Newton County Superior Court on Nov. 23.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District Attorney hires assistant DA

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has gained another assistant district attorney, Jillian R. Hall.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interesting ink

Michael Mills is a paraplegic, wheelchair marathoner and racer, but when most people pass him on the street, all they see is a heavily tattooed man. That attention is both a blessing and a curse.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Come join us for cider on the square tonight

The Covington News would like to invite everyone to come and join us for a cup of hot cider on the square this evening. We are set up directly across the street from Scoops in the former Teacher's Toolbox store.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced for vehicular homicide in 2009 death of child

A Newton County man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in connection with the death last year of a 6-year-old after the child was struck by his SUV.

December 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Legislator of the Year

State Sen. John Douglas was honored Tuesday as Legislator of the Year by Georgia firefighters and fire chiefs.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sex charges draw pleas from former professor

A former Georgia College and State University professor is awaiting court sentence after pleading guilty on Nov. 18 to charges of obscene Internet contact and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Woodlee’s Christian Academy

When John and Daisy Woodlee opened Woodlee's Christian Childcare Center on Old Salem Road in Conyers in 1970, they had no idea it would grow to be the school it is today.

December 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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