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Deal over landfill likely soon

Newton County is very close to reaching a deal with the East Georgia Land and Development Company following nearly two decades of litigation, the company's head, Jim Baker, told The News Thursday.

January 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SWAT arrest suspect on Griffin Lane

After surrounding a home, Covington Police arrested an armed man at 10116 Griffin Lane with SWAT team responding Friday.

January 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber honor award winners

There was a lot of change at this year's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards reception at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Thursday, but it was the lack of change that was the big moment of the evening.

January 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NMC and Piedmont look to partner up

Newton Medical Center announced today its Board of Directors had authorized hospital management to enter into "exclusive discussions" with Piedmont Healthcare aimed at formalizing a relationship between the two organizations.

January 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeff Benton dedicated life to family, church, community

Covington resident Jeff Benton was described as a loving father and husband and a pillar of the community by those who knew him following his tragic passing Wednesday night.

January 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOE considering Clear Touch panels

The Newton County Board of Education is considering a contract to purchase new Clear Touch interactive touchscreen panels for the classrooms.

January 14, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Medical marijuana hopes dashed at Capitol

Mike Hopkins had hoped a new, limited medical marijuana bill in Georgia would allow him to bring his family back from Colorado, where his 17-year-old daughter, Michala, is being successfully treated for seizures and pain with cannabis oil.

January 13, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Pacho's receives failing health score

Pacho's Mexican Grill management feels it has already recovered from the failing health score it received during a Jan. 9 inspection.

January 13, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC 'potential litigation' special meeting Wednesday

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will enter into a closed executive session immediately following the opening of a public meeting Wednesday to discuss potential litigation, according to a public notice issued over the weekend.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOE Chair, Vice-Chair sworn in

Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail Coggin were both sworn in to their second term on the Newton County Board of Education recently.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Accident slows I-20 near exit 90

A vehicular accident on I-20 near exit 90 occured around 8:45 Tuesday morning, starting to slow down traffic westbound.

January 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman who ran over boyfriend arrested

A Covington woman allegedly ran over her boyfriend with his vehicle after the two had a verbal altercation.

January 12, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County landfill costs at tipping point

The trash may be buried, but county commissioners caught a whiff of the cost of Newton County's landfill Thursday night, and it did not smell sweet.

January 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


How will the merger affect Newton County?

The merger of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will make the institution the largest university in the state.

January 10, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Honoring Dr. MLK through local service

Thousands of people throughout America will take a day off to celebrate MLK Day, but for many it will not be a day off, but a day on.

January 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Turner Lake roundabout set to open Nov. 30

The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Nov. 30, weather permitting, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's time to enter Hometown Christmas Parade

Entries are being accepted for the Hometown Christmas Parade, which will be held downtown at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schools facing budget cuts for 2011-2012

Projected revenue losses for next year have the Newton County School System looking to trim $4.6 million to $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget, according to a release today from Superintendent Gary Mathews.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights sign and junk to be removed

Curtis Goss has removed many of the junk vehicles that littered his small lot at the corner of Puckett and Laseter streets, and residents say it's about time, though they wonder when it will be fully cleared.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Helping the CPD

The Police Who Care: Dr. Doug Gilreath of Covington First United Methodist Church presented Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton with a check for $750 for the "Police Who Care Fund." The money was collected during the Fuzz Run Weekend at the spaghetti lunch and dinner held at the church. The meal was free but donations were accepted.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live nativity

The coming of Christ: Covington First United Methodist Church will present a Live Nativity from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the church, 1113 Conyers St. Nativity and Christmas music will be played at the event. The Live Nativity is partnering with activities on the Downtown Square to open the holiday season with the Lighting of the Historic Courthouse and Candlelight Shopping.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Assembling the All Star Team

Ready for the big day: The Newton Rams All-Star Team, composed of the top 5 and 6-year-old players in Newton County, will play their first game on Nov. 19.

November 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The queen of clean

A sweet sendoff: Many of the county's most prominent faces, and cute ones, showed up to give Connie Waller a proper send off Friday at the Newton County Administration Building. Waller worked at the county for 28 years promoting recycling and litter reduction; she helped form Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful and served as its executive director for many years. Waller retired after suffering a stress-related heart attack and is looking forward to taking life easy for a while.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Child attacked by raccoons released from hospital

The infant that was attacked in her crib by two raccoons was released from the hospital.

November 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thornton denied motion for new trial

Convicted murderer Courtney Courtmentez Thornton was denied his motion for a new trial earlier this month by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Environmental steward retires

Connie Waller thought she was doing everything right. She ate a diet loaded with organic vegetables, exercised regularly and was productive at work. Turns out she was a little too productive.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hannah Thomas celebrates CD release tonight

Covington area singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas has a new CD out, "Acoustic Sessions."

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA looks to rezone 160 acres heavy industrial

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Industrial Development Authority to annex 160 acres of county residentially-zoned land along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road and rezone it to city heavy industrial.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cities finalize SPLOST requests

The county and its five municipalities have been trimming millions from their SPLOST lists, but more than $100 million in county requests and $21.5 million from the municipalities remain.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board votes to hold off on naming new elementary school until December

The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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