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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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County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad purchase debate still rages

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan continues to spearhead efforts to acquire the local Norfolk Southern rail line, and is in the process of forming a partnership with the Newton County Trail Path Foundation to facilitate an acquisition.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Straight shootin’

The inaugural Eagles Droppin' Arrows 3-D Archery Fun Shoot, hosted by the Eastside High School FFA, was held Saturday morning at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division Saturday morning. Archers fired at 3-D targets of mountain goats and deer, and some rogue shots ended up in trees. The event raised funds for the Eastside High School FFA to use to travel to the Indianapolis FFA convention in October.

July 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Chamber releases new mission statement

New President Hunter Hall is in the process of reorganizing of the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and is hoping to return it to its roots - providing services for its membership.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Positive Place

Bethlehem Baptist Church is currently holding its annual Summer Feeding Youth and Enrichment Ministry program. From June 21 to July 16, the program will be providing children ages 4 to 12 a wealth of fun activities while instilling educational and social skills.

July 11, 2010 | Sabastian Wee news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Lions’ Share

On Thursday, June 24, the Covington Lions held their New Officer Installation Banquet.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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