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Navigate the transportation bill

If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.

March 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


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Security enhanced at courthouse for motion hearings of accused murderers

Security has been enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center today because of motion hearings for several accused murderers. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is hearing from attorneys for Sam Dawkins, Robert Lambert, Michael West and Chad Allen. All men are accused of the late-2009 murder of Andrew Nichols. Additional law enforcement has been called in as a precaution.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 22

Newton Rams' Markea Sheppard safely steals third base during the softball game against M.L. King Tuesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the photos under Related Content.

September 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Swings, slides and supporters

Open for play: United Bank employees pose in front of the new playground in Denny Dobbs Park. The bank paid for the structure. (L-R) J. Joseph Edwards, Sr. Vice Chairman United Bank Board of Directors; the Rev. Ronny Brannen, Prospect United Methodist Church and Newton County Recreation Board Member; Ronnie Robert E. Mason, Chairman Board of Directors; Madison Division; James J. Edwards, Jr. CEO Richard Brown, member Covington Board of Directors; Denny Dobbs, Chairman Covington Board of Directors; Stanley Edwards, member Covington Board of Directors; Reed Beard, President Covington Division; Jeanette Berry, VP Covington Division; Doyle Baker, Banking Officer Covington ...

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kurtz named chief assistant D.A.

Anne Kurtz has been named the chief assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, according to District Attorney Layla Zon.

Kurtz has been with the district attorney's office in Newton County since 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2004 from Georgia Tech and earned a law degree in 2007 from Georgia State College of Law. Kurtz worked for the Cobb County District Attorney's office during the summer of her second year of law school.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Famous authors to visit

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett gets 4 life sentences plus 80 years

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to four life sentences plus 80 years in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Jerome Glover, and the shootings of three others.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 21

Art students of Veterans Memorial Middle School show off the pinwheels for peace they made to express their feelings and thoughts on peace.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Pridgett sentenced to four life sentences

Jamaal Pridgett was sentenced today to serve four life sentences plus 80 years in the death of Jerome Glover and the shooting of Tavorris Shy, Matec Barkley and Sedarius Stephens in October of 2008.

September 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett to be sentenced Tuesday

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington council meets at 6:30 tonight

The Covington City Council is holding its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting is always preceded by a work session at 5:30 p.m., where the council runs through the agenda and sometimes discusses issues in more depth than during the formal meeting

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authors Pat Conroy, Cassandra King set for Newton County reading

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motorcyclists set for cancer benefit ride on Saturday

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, will hold its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 20

The pink sky and fluffy evening clouds create a stunning sunset.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 20, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault by ex-boyfriend

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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