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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


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


County under the gun over landfill deal

Newton County's Board of Commissioners is under pressure to accept a settlement to privatize operation of the public landfill or face a lawsuit that could cost the county tens of millions.

March 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Friday Scrapbook

Snow day: Several inches of snow covered Newton County last Friday night and lasted well into the next day before it all melted away. Newton County residents snapped these photos around their homes and around town.

February 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


YMCA celebrates 10 years

The Covington Family YMCA has helped thousands of children and adults live happier and healthier lives during its nearly 25 years in Covington. Looking back into the history of the YMCA, one realizes it's taken just as many people to bring the organization to Covington and support it.

February 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 19

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 ...

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


13 cars broken into – suspects still sought

Roughly 13 cars were burglarized in apartments on Gross Lake Parkway in the early hours of Monday morning and authorities are still searching for the men they believe responsible.

February 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ford granted stay of execution

The scheduled execution of convicted murderer Melbert Ford will not happen Feb. 23 as planned. A stay of execution has been issued for up to 90 days due to a vacancy on the Board of Pardons and Paroles. To execute when there is not a full board is a violation of law. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is responsible for filling the vacant spot. The Newton County Superior Court ordered the execution of Ford earlier this month. The court ordered the department to carry out the execution on a date between February 23 and March 2. The execution was scheduled to ...

February 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Winter weather conditions led to crash that killed 2

A woman and her 10-year-old son were killed Friday evening when they collided with another driver on Ga. Highway 11 in Social Circle.

February 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Management of NHCC still undecided

After months of delays and conversations, little changed in the Nelson Heights Community Center situation as the Newton County Recreation Department remains the most likely management candidate.

February 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former college professor arrested for sexual exploitation of children

A 73-year-old former professor at Georgia College and State University was arrested yesterday and charged with sexual exploitation of a child.

February 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Get the scoop

The 49th annual Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Alcovy High School Auditorium. The Newton County Recreation Commission sponsors the annual community event and admission is free to the public.

February 17, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Sug's store

Dorothy Smith has some old pictures of her grandfather that she has treasured over the years. The first shows Charlie "Sug" Gaither in his middle years. The second shows his daughter and his eight grandchildren.

February 17, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


WSCC students collect food, toys for Haiti

The devastating earthquake in Haiti has brought an outpouring of giving, and a local group of high school students wanted to be a part of that support.

February 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local attains national accreditation in taxation

George (Casey) T. Duren, Jr., ATP, of Rapid Tax Services in Covington has successfully completed the requirements for the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation's nationally recognized Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) designation.

February 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vehicle in connection with slain officer sought

Authorities are still searching for the vehicle involved in the deadly shooting of Chattahoochee Hills Police Office Lt. Mike Vogt Monday afternoon.

February 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wal-Mart evacuated due to bomb scare Sunday

Wal-Mart was evacuated around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon after someone called a bomb threat into the popular discount store.

February 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Tree-riffic Day

The city of Covington will celebrate Arbor Day on Feb. 19 with awards and a look ahead to future projects at 11 a.m. in the Turner Lake Recreation Department.

February 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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