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Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Peoples Bank has poor debt to credit ratio

According to recent reports, The Peoples Bank of Covington may be in danger of failing.

November 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man takes NCSS vehicle on dangerous drive

 Two deputies conducting a search for a suicidal man were nearly run over by a speeding man, who had reportedly stolen a vehicle from the Newton County Board of Education Transportation facility early Nov. 21.

November 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item. Anyone can donate the suggested amount to the library to purchase a title in their name or to honor someone. Last season, Newton County Residents donated over $1,300 to purchase 70 books, paperbacks and DVDs for the Children's Room and general collections at the library.

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November 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 27

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 ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local cities discuss common problems

On Nov. 13 Newton County's six mayors, including the mayor of Social Circle, met to discuss common issues.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trying to catch up to the growth

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with the county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. For the second edition, Commissioner Earnest Simmons provided a tour of the county's second smallest and fastest growing district.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Forever family

Tina Daniel-Reasey had a lot to be thankful for with two teenage sons, a daughter in college and a supportive husband. There was just one little thing missing, and a year ago that missing piece came home in the form of a bubbly little Chinese girl the Reasey's named Ava.

November 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton woman charged with murder in overdose death of friend

Jennifer Lynn Phelps, 39, was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Kristen Deanna Williams on Nov. 20.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilight star to appear at Mall at Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, "Twilight," the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit www.mallatstonecrest.com.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas Tree Association awarded grant

Making way for a new tree crop: The Georgia Christmas Tree Association was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The grant money was allocated to the state as part of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill. The purpose of the grant is to promote specialty crops in Georgia. Chuck Berry, president-elect of the GCTA and owner of Berry's Tree Farm in Covington, applied for and accepted the grant on behalf of the GCTA. The monies will be used to promote further "choose and cut" Christmas tree farms in Georgia. Four billboards have been ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview community still divided on issues

The 14th meeting about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program ended the way it started - with a divided community.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mammography Recommendations Unchanged

Newton Medical Center is among many other leading authorities that disagree with the recent declaration from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding mammography guidelines.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD celebrates 100 years of faithful service

Despite the cold, rainy weather Sunday, dozens attended the 100 year anniversary celebration for the Covington Fire Department at Station No. 1 on Pace Street.

November 25, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Oxendine urges caution with turkey fryers

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urged Georgians to use caution when cooking the holiday bird with the increasingly popular turkey fryer.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man caught selling fake laptops

Officers were called to the Raceway gas station after reports came in that a man was attempting to sell stolen laptops to the customers in the parking lot.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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