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Updated Landfill Committee

Springhill resident Sierra Benton has declined to serve on the landfill citizens' committee. She will be replaced by Sharon Sawyer.

April 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man caught in smash-and-grab burglary at Dunkin Donuts

A smash-and-grab robber who has been hitting businesses in Rockdale and Newton counties since March 23 has been caught, thanks to the quick action of a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputy.

April 02, 2015 | | LOCAL


Covington council discusses blighted houses

The Covington City Council spent a full day of work at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government in Athens during its 2015 retreat Tuesday.

April 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Purchasing policy change could have big impact

The county's controversial legal spending was the elephant in the room Tuesday as a joint citizen-county committee met for a second time to discuss tightening the county's purchasing policy.

April 01, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Eastside Academic team wins state championship

The Eastside High School Academic team won the Division 4 state championship after cruising through the competition at the Georgia Academic Team Association (GATA) State Championship Tournament held at Collins Hill High School on March 21.

March 31, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old soldiers never die

The closing paragraph of General Douglas MacArthur's April 19, 1951 address to Congress: "I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barracks ballads of the day which proclaimed most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away. And like the old soldier in the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."

March 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Landfill committee announced as citizens debate options

An open meeting Monday night generated a few suggestions and more than a few questions over the future of the county landfill, as the citizen panel to study the issue was finalized.

March 30, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup kicks off in Newton County

Over 600 volunteers turned out Saturday for the start of the Great American Cleanup, which will continue from March until May.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington to start extensive water line improvement project

The City of Covington will continue another section of the City's major water line improvement project this month, resulting in the temporary closure of a sidewalk along Jackson Highway from Town Branch Court north to Pennington Street.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosted inaugural gala

Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) members and members of Georgia's ag community enjoyed a festive evening March 7 as the organization held its inaugural gala for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park.

March 29, 2015 | | LOCAL


Annual Cheerios Challenge returns April 18

In the midst of this beautiful spring weather, it's the perfect time to get out and run or just enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a good time to bond with the family. This is why there is so much anticipation for the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge held right here in Covington, at the YMCA on April 18.

March 29, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Governor Deal gives cannabis oil green light

Local families living with seizure disorders welcomed Governor Nathan Deal's executive order this week greenlighting cannabis oil medical treatment in Georgia, but emphasized that they remain committed to in-state growing.

March 27, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton’s Baxter, now Baxalta

Baxalta Incorporated is still making its way toward bringing a large amount of new jobs and a new level of industrial growth to Newton County, and it progressed another step during a meeting of the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Tuesday.

March 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County finalizes form of gov't citizen panel

Each of Newton County's commissioners and chairman have chosen a citizen to sit on a panel to review the county charter, which dictates the local form of government.

March 26, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton unemployment rate dips in February

As metro Atlanta unemployment dropped, so has Newton County's.

March 26, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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BOC works on alcohol ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued to revise a prospective alcohol by the drink ordinance last week, as the county looks forward to a 2012 vote on the issue.

February 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News hires new editor, ad head

The Covington News has made several changes over the past month as it continues to strive toward being Newton County's definitive source for local news. Those changes include the appointment of a new editor and the addition of several key members to both the advertising and editorial teams.

February 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No arrests yet in county double murder

Authorities are investigating Tuesday's double homicide on Tempie Lane where 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald Eugene McCollough were found shot to death after authorities received a medical alert from inside the home around 9:30 a.m.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to continue to rise

Gas prices continue to rise in Atlanta, averaging $3.50 for a regular gallon Saturday, and are only expected to rise into the spring.

February 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County fire sees 877 more calls in '11

The Newton County Fire Department had 877 more calls in 2011, an 18 percent increase, and the vast majority of them were emergency medical and brush and grass fire calls.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates Arbor Day

Newborn took another step toward recovering from a tornado last April by giving residents 250 seedlings Saturday at the town's Arbor Day celebration.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High hosts livestock show

Newton High School played host to the Newton Classic Livestock Show in Covington Saturday.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury selection continues for Young death penalty case

Jury selection for the death penalty case of Rodney Renia Young began Monday and has continued through this week.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Aid coming from foreclosure-abuse deal

Newton County homeowners who have their mortgage with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup or Ally Financial could receive some financial assistance in the coming months.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound in Conyers

Conyers police report an accident with injuries on Interstate 20 eastbound involving three vehicles, between West Ave and Ga. Highway 138. Another accident is reported on Ga. Highway 138 near Flat Shoals Road.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee native talks to students about airmen

The name Tuskegee stands tall in American history, especially among African Americans. It also looms large of the life of Wilbur G. Mason.

February 10, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Training for turmoil

Students from Georgia Piedmont College practiced their skills Thursday afternoon outside the Covington Fire Department on Pace Street. Local junkyards often donate totaled vehicles to the fire departments to use for training. Once they are done, they then come and pick the vehicles back up.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO searching for homicide suspects

The area of Ga. Highway 162 in front of Tempie Lane was clogged Thursday morning, as deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office stopped drivers on the highway to hand out flyers, soliciting information on the double homicide that occurred in the out-of-the-way neighborhood Tuesday morning.

February 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tennis: Alcovy boys, Eastside girls win

Tennis Alcovy boys def. Eastside 4-1

February 09, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newborn offers free food, trees Sat.

Trees are even more valued in Newborn these days after more than 100 mature trees were destroyed or uprooted in a category F1 tornado last April.

February 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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