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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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Top state court considers execution standard

ATLANTA - Georgia's death penalty statute was in the crosshairs again Monday as the state's top court considered whether capital defendants have to meet an unfair standard to prove they are mentally disabled to avoid an execution.

The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Monday from Alphonso Stripling, who claims the state cannot seek the death penalty against him for the 1988 killings of two co-workers because he is mentally disabled. Prosecutors, meanwhile, say they want the chance to prove he is mentally competent.

March 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Diversity drives Newton’s growth

The 2010 Census results were unsurprising for Newton County and the rest of the region east of Atlanta, with four major trends:

March 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cushman: Focus on creating virtues for Lent

The Lenten season is a time of reflection, renewal and anticipation.

March 20, 2011 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | LOCAL


Relay for Life kicks off in Oxford

Starting the season: The 2011 Relay for Life season kicked off in Oxford Saturday morning with dozens of people showing up for a variety of money-raising activities. Events included a walk/run event, musical performances, a motorcycle rally and ride, and other events for children.

Proceeds from all Relay for Life events go to the American Cancer Society. According to the AMC website, the next Relay team meeting will be held at Eastside High School on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.

March 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2012 transportation SPLOST in works

Newton County's SPLOST is set for the next six years, but the sales tax debate isn't going anywhere as the state prepares to overhaul transportation funding by paying for projects through an additional 1 percent sales tax.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman has stake in Vampire Diaries convention

Vampires continue to roam Covington, and local Jessica Lowery is making a killing. Profit wise that is; no wooden stakes are involved. At least, she didn't mention any.

March 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - March 20

A No Spend Weekend is exactly what it sounds like, friends. It means not one single penny leaves your wallet via cash or credit for an entire weekend. No frappuccinos, no sticks of gum, no nothin'! Don't think you can do it? Get the whole family on board and you'll be amazed by how much you save.

March 20, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Why SPLOST passed and what that means

The 2011 SPLOST election on Tuesday turned out just about how officials thought it would, with a narrow victory.

March 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Murder trial of Cobey Lakemper continues

The first day of the murder trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper was an emotional one, but day two was all about the science of a murder investigation.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 2010 Census numbers released

Newton County's population is 99,958, growing by more than 61 percent during the previous decade, according to information released today by the U.S. Census.

March 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trial Calendar, Judge Benton (Beginning April 18)

o Antonio Bell: felony kidnapping, felony robbery by intimidation, felony false imprisonment, felony terroristic threats, misdemeanor hindering emergency telephone call.

March 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Emotional start to Lakemper murder trial

The death penalty trial of Cobey Wade Lakemper began Thursday afternoon and emotions ran high, with tears shed on both sides of the case.

March 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man found naked, beaten

Covington police said a man found early today bleeding and naked at a fast food restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 told them that he had been beaten and robbed.

March 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police arrest man for sex crimes

A Cumming man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly masturbating on a webcam with an undercover investigator that he believed to be a middle school-aged girl.

March 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment rate dips

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined slightly last month.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the rate fell to 10.2 percent in February, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.3 percent in January. Georgia's jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in February 2010.

March 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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