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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


Residents seek say in mega-site

Eastern Newton County is changing and is bound to grow.

March 08, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Speeding fines increase

Beginning the first of the year speeding will cost Georgians more than ever when the Super Speeder Law goes into effect.

December 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holiday safety tip of the week - Dec. 25

The holidays are a time when thieves and con artists are frequently on the prowl. Here are some tips from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to help keep your home, your car, your possessions, and your family safe.

December 25, 2009 | Cpl. Justin Hipps NCSO Uniform Patrol Division | LOCAL


Visions of Sugar Plums

Building houses: Ms. Braselton's and Ms. Green's pre-K classes at South Salem Elementary celebrated the holidays by decorating gingerbread houses with icing, candy, cereal and pretzels.

December 25, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


City Council plans annual March retreat

The Covington City Council voted to have its annual retreat at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris on March 18-20.

December 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man wins Farm Bureau prize

Watching on the big screen: Newton County Farm Bureau agent Belinda Rutherford presented George Allen with a 32-inch flat panel television. Allen won the TV as a result of a recent promotion of the new Farm Bureau member benefit, The Farm Bureau Bank.

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man eats evidence during traffic stop

A 46-year-old Conyers man was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine after Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit noticed the man's vehicle in an area where residents have been complaining of drug sales.

December 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Security office to be built in 2010

A new Social Security office will be built in Covington in 2010 to help the Social Security Administration reduce the number of residents who are waiting to receive disability insurance and other SS benefits.

December 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 25

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 ...

December 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Don’t forget your seasonal flu shots

With all the hype surrounding H1N1 this year, many people are forgetting that the seasonal flu shot is available as well, and protects against three different strains of influenza.

December 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City utilities can now be paid online

City of Covington utility customers can now pay their utility bills online. As part of the city's effort to introduce technology into daily operations, a bill pay Web site went live Friday.

December 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Traffic safety a priority for holiday patrols

Traffic safety is the priority for holiday patrols over the next two weeks by Georgia State Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police Divisions of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Both the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods are 78 hours long this year. Last year, traffic crashes claimed the lives of 46 people in Georgia during the two holiday periods.

December 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pellet gun fired at two vehicles in Mansfield

Two drivers reported their vehicles being shot at with a pellet gun while driving through Mansfield on Ga. Highway 11 Saturday afternoon.

December 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A sweet idea

Sabrina Ortiz has neither a job nor a home. Sadly, these days, that doesn't make her at all unusual.

December 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau helps combat hunger

Newton County Farm Bureau members recently collected staple groceries and monitary donations for Georgia food banks during the statewide Harvest for All campaign coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau.

December 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recent rainfall pushes county above average

From severe drought to severe flooding - what a difference a year can make.

December 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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