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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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Hot Shots

Fore! The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf tournament on an absolutely beautiful day Thursday. The Oaks hosted the event, which drew about 30 teams. Various community sponsors set up tables on each hole and gave away prizes and refreshments. The Sunbelt Builders 1A team won first place (score of 52 on the 71 par course), with Hodge Underground (55) and Miracle League/Newton County Recreation Department (56) teams coming in second and third. Denny Sellers won the most accurate drive contest and Deborah Davis won closest to the pin. For photos of Thursday's winning teams ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation coach dismissed for admitting drug use

A long-time Newton County Recreation coach has been dismissed from his coaching duties and arrested after admitting to using drugs during a probation meeting.

April 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Researcher David Simons passes away

Dr. David G. Simons spent his life marveling at the world around him and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge and experience. But no matter his project of the day, the focus was always to improve the lives of others.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Longtime Legionnaire

Sixty years of service: B. C. Crowell is a well known community minded individual with many, many accomplishments. B.C. has recently reached a mile stone of an elite group of individuals by being awarded a Certificate of Continuous Membership in the American Legion. He has been a member in good standing of American Legion Post 32 of Covington continuously for the past 60 years. Such a record of consistent loyalty to the American Legion merits the Honor of being cited as an outstanding contributor to the programs of the American Legion. Pictured with B.C. is Bobby Hamby, Commander ...

April 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee Airmen share history, advice

Updated, April 14 - Please click on the links to your left to read more documents containing more Tuskegee Airmen history, courtesy of Ron Brewington, former national public relations officer of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) and a member, of Harry A. Sheppard Research Team of TAI.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Vampire Diaries season finale on the square

Television magic: The Vampire Diaries shut down the square on Sunday to film a parade scene for the season one finale of the hit CW show. The night ended with a spectacular fire works show over the courthouse.

April 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Leadercast for Miracle Field

The Miracle League of Newton County has almost reached its goal of $85,000 for construction documents, and Newton County Recreation League Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson hopes an upcoming fundraiser will put the organization over its initial goal.

April 14, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Man makes too much noise in Wal-Mart

Officers were called to the Subway inside Wal-Mart after several patrons called 911 complaining about a man in line screaming profanities while talking on his cell phone, in front of and at times, at, the children present.

April 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Figures in motion

Margaret Warfield has been chosen "Artist of the Month" for the month of April at Southern Heartland Gallery. A graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in clothing and textiles and a minor in fine art, Warfield expresses her love of brilliant colors and flowing fabrics by draping figures in motion with colorful acrylic paint.

April 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Erratic driver arrested on drug charges

A call regarding an erratic driver on the interstate ended with an arrest on drug charges early Friday morning.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The great outdoors of Newton

You may not know it, but nestled behind the trees and shrubbery on Hazelbrand Road is a Tupelo Gum Swamp and wildlife center that is preserved by the Georgia Wildlife Federation; the Alcovy Conservation Center.

April 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Bond denied for man accused of child molestation

Editor's note: Julian Mitchell was found "Not Guilty" by a jury during a trial in January of 2011.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sam, Louly Hay to host 2010 NMC Auxiliary Gala

The home of Sam and Louly Hay, Clark's Grove, will be the venue for the annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Spring Gala on April 24. The home, at 3184 Clark Street, was built in 1941 by Louly's parents, Robert and Louly Fowler.

Having the gala at this site is particularly meaningful to the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary in the 50th year since the founding of the organization, as Louly Fowler was chosen as the first Auxiliary president. In 1960, the group consisted of 25 women, who had helped with the building of the hospital and its opening in ...

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries 1st season to end with parade on square

Small towns love their parades, whether those towns are fictional or real. The square will be closed off nearly all day Sunday, as the Vampire-inhabited town of Mystic Falls, Va. hosts its Founder's Day Celebration, complete with an evening fireworks show.

A parade with floats and around 500 extras is expected to start around noon on either the square or Floyd Street, but won't last very long, said a Vampire Diaries crew member. Fireworks are expected to be set off between 9 p.m. and midnight.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Shooting victims identified

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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