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Medical marijuana: Caught between two bills but on track to pass

When State Representative Allen Peake was first asked about medical marijuana by a reporter in January 2014, his response was swift and dismissive.

December 09, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS announces System Student Growth Percentile Data

The State Department of Education (GDOE) has released the State Student Growth Model (GSGM), a metric for parents and educators to better understand and analyze the progress students make from year to year.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton Federal introduces Kasasa

Newton Federal Bank becomes the next financial institution in Georgia to launch Kasasa checking.

December 09, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man left Waffle House driving with beer, gin, vodka

A man was driving with an open beer, bottle of vodka and bottle of gin after being told to leave a Waffle House early Sunday morning.

December 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Santa photos at The News Thursday

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

December 08, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford's roots run deep

The city of Oxford is another year older - and it's people, another year wiser.

December 06, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Christmas comes to town

Santa came to town this weekend, as Christmas activities dotted the Newton County calendar. Friday, along with the Grinch visiting the Covington Square and Santa Claus visiting The Covington News, Porterdale held its annual Christmas Parade. The Porterdale Police department and its K-9 unit led the way, and the Newton High School Sound Factory band heralded Santa Claus pulled in his sleigh by two live reindeer. Saturday the Covington Lions Club held its annual parade, with 100 floats and marching bands going through Floyd Street and the Square, before Santa Claus paraded his way into town. Various other concerts filled ...

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Medical marijuana bill to be proposed

Georgia legislator Allen Peake will make the case for a bill legalizing cannabis oil for medicinal purposes this Monday in Covington as part of an event organized by Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance.

December 06, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Purple Heart for ‘Mama Bear’

Maj. Patty Justice was awarded a Purple Heart at a ceremony held on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Walk of Heroes Veterans memorial at Black Shoals park in Rockdale. She was wounded on Aug. 7, 2012 by an improvised explosive device while she was serving as a surgical nurse at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan. Visits CovNews.com to see her Veteran's Story.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless, hopeful

Emmett Mauzy and his family had a tough time staying at the home of someone who he thought was a friend and needed to leave. As the Mauzy family approached its storage unit where all its possessions were stored, things went from bad to terrible to horrific.

December 06, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Social Circle of Lights

Social Circle's Lighting of the Tree will take place today at 5:30 p.m.

December 06, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


'Redemption Forum' faces hard truths

Rockdale and Newton officials answered youths' questions about racial disparities in policing and government at an extraordinary forum held Dec. 3 at Springfield Baptist Church in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

December 06, 2014 | John Ruch | LOCAL


Twilights at Chimney Park

Christmas is right around the corner.

December 05, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Six Piper Road businesses broken in to

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has no suspects and no witnesses in the break-ins that occurred along Piper Road last weekend.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Armed robbery suspect arrested

A Covington man was arrested Wednesday night, after a robbery left someone shot in the right elbow and in an Atlanta hospital Tuesday.

December 04, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Land for public park in Fairview purchased

After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods.

The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the NSP money will go toward house rehabilitation, creation of the park, homeowners assistance and administration costs.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County closer to stopping private landfill

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fund, fundraiser to support local man’s pancreas transplant

 Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chick-Fil-A donates to InVest

Smart InVestments: On Jan. 9, Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser for the Newton County Sheriff's Office vest fund. Chris Giella and his wife Amy, the sponsors of the event, donated ten percent of the total sales toward the InVest fund. The event took place at 3130 Highway 278 in Covington. Deputy Wesley Atha and Deputy James Trent were both in attendance. Throughout the day citizens and patrons visiting the restaurant contributed to the vest fund. From its inception, the NCSO has received donations from retirees, individual citizens, social groups, churches and private companies.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready for District

4-H in the classroom: Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Galloway's class have been presenting 4-H projects during the past week. The students have been judged by Ms. Kasey Reid, Jasper County 4-H Extension Agent. All of the projects were deemed ready for District Project Achievement because the students had done such a great job on their speeches and posters. Piedmont Academy will have 20 fifth grade students that will be able to attend District Project Achievement next month.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Repairers thanks community for its holiday season support

Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


First love

On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better."

Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in November 2009. Out of 2,000 entries, their song, "Your First" made the top 10.

January 31, 2010 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Mock trial students take the stands in County courtrooms

Local high school students are getting firsthand knowledge of what it would be like to go before a judge - both as an attorney, witness, victim and suspect - while preparing for Newton County's mock trial regional competition.

January 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Verdant nature: Heather Barrett has traveled throughout Newton County to gather these colorful, vibrant images. The railroad tracks are off Cook Street in Covington. The pink dogwood and the purple iris lilies were photographed in the garden of the Rev. Jackson on Moore Street.

Nice Catch! Smokie Christopher caught this fish in a small lake near Mansfield. It took both Dennis Christopher and Roy Boy to bring it in. Smokie is currently a resident at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington.

January 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 29

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne may not have to run in 2010 election

Although District Attorney Ken Wynne may have to wait until July to be sworn in as a Alcovy Circuit Superior Court judge, he likely won't have to worry about running for reelection this November.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mentoring makes a difference

David Burke may have had five fathers growing up, but he never had that one stable male influence in his life.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


On the issues

If elected, Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel plans to continue to cut the state budget, promote entrepreneurs and small businesses, lower the state's tax burden and endorse more technical school education and corporate-educational cooperation.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fond remembrance

Recently the Covington Elks and Elkadettes held a memorial service for their departed members of the Lodge 1806. Larry Capes, Georgia State Elks President, gave the eulogy. Jack Wheeler, Past Exalted Ruler, was in charge of the program. Kati Moss sang several songs during the service and is the granddaughter of Larry and Adrian Capes. Refreshments were prepared by the Covington Elkadettes for the service.

January 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Community activist speaks about gang prevention

Most kids join gangs for one reason: money. Clint Bryant, who is involved with preventing gang activity in Augusta, said the best way to keep teens and young adults on the straight and narrow is to provide them with decent paying jobs.

January 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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