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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


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


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November is Family Month

For the second year the City of Covington declared November Family Month, and Mayor Kim Carter and Bishop John Knorrp read proclamations describing the importance of families to a strong society.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Fairview opponents strongly in favor of NSP park

Several residents remain opposed to the public park being considered in Fairview Estates, but on Tuesday the Board of Commissioners heard glowing reports from two residents whose opinions have dramatically changed over the past month.

Resident the Rev. Sharon Collins called in the NAACP and Newton County Ministers Union two weeks ago because she was dissatisfied with the county's handling of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. After several meetings, she seems to have come full circle.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Democratic governor candidates meeting at Saturday event

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Dubose Porter and David Poythress will be speaking at the Newton County Democratic Gala, taking place at 7 p.m., Saturday at the Washington Street Community Center.

November 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chapter 1 - The Groundbreaking

Many hands have helped bring the future Porter Memorial Branch Library to the brink of construction, and that team effort was clearly shown by the 18 people who broke ground Thursday morning.

November 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Belligerent man dares deputies to ‘come on’

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called out to a home late Tuesday night in regards to a family fight and found that a 14-year-old boy had to defend his mother from her husband's fists, according to reports.

November 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Poppy Day honors Veterans on Nov. 7

On Poppy Day, Nov. 7, the American Legion Auxiliary will be at various locations in Covington receiving donations and asking residents to wear the familiar red, handcrafted poppy to honor America's fallen soldiers.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BB&T and Main Street helping Operation Patriot’s Call this holiday season

Main Street Covington and BB&T are asking for donations to serve Georgia National Guard's 48th Brigade Company B 1/121st Infantry, whose members are currently stationed in Afghanistan, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trustee Garden looking for restaurateur

Amazing opportunity for restaurateur in historic downtown space in Savannah, GA. Respond to trusteesgardencafe@gmail.com.

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowell Road open

Crowell Road opened at 3 p.m. today to the delight of many home and business owners in the area. The road was closed, between I-20 and Brown Bridge Road, on Sept. 23, because of the flooding that hit several parts of Newton County. The bridge on Crowell Road that was damaged will still need future repairs, but it will remain open temporarily until those repairs are financed.

November 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


People's Bank on Hwy 278 robbed

Two Union Point men were arrested Wednesday morning after a successful bank robbery was foiled early by both the Covington Police Department and the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AT&T donates $350,000 to fund renovations to Bert Adams Boy Scout Reservation

AT&T made a generous donation to the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to help fund the massive renovations to the Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. The donation was awarded to the Atlanta Area Council in 2007, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc. The $350,000 donation has directly funded the renovations to the dining hall. During a luncheon late last week Steve Sitton, Regional President for the Southeast for AT&T Mobility and President Elect of the Atlanta Area Council, presented Don McChesney, the Atlanta Area Council Scout Executive, with the final installment of ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Underage drunk driver hits car outside Ozone

An underage woman was arrested after reportedly hitting a parked car when leaving the Ozone.

November 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Child abuse investigator pens novel about her experiences on the job

Attention: this story contains graphic details of true stories told by a former local case worker with the Department of Family and Children Services.

November 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SSEMC linemen win first place in country-wide rodeo

Snapping Shoals EMC's linemen took home the top co-op prize at the 2009 International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., recently. Each year, the rodeo brings together linemen from around the world to compete in timed events that mirror the kinds of challenges they face daily. Contestants must climb poles, change insulators, reconfigure fiberglass arms and complete a simulated rescue of an injured co-worker, all while racing against the clock.

"These are situations that (our linemen) get into every day," says Victor Hurst, vice president of line services at Snapping Shoals. "(The events) require so much thinking on ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Learning Center to hold Bunco fundraiser

With a toss of the pink dice and a cry of "Bunco," holiday stress rolls away and another child goes to school ready to read and succeed. The Learning Center is hosting a Ladies' Night Bunco event at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 at The Center for Planning and Preservation on Washington Street. No experience or skill is required; roll three dice, add your points to your partner's and move to the next table. Everyone wins a prize and there's no gambling, just a great opportunity to relax and network.

While players enjoy food and beverages, pamper-me ...

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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