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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


Young Professionals group launches in Newton

A new group for the county's upcoming generation of workers is helping young people entering the workforce feel a little more established in Newton County.

March 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County's The Voice contestant

Drew Parker delivered his singing talents to judges on NBC's The Voice and television viewers worldwide during the program's audition episode. The Newton County resident visited The Covington News to share his story with us.

March 09, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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10-year-old girl beats student on bus

A 10-year-old girl was charged with simple battery Monday after reportedly assaulting a fellow student on the school bus Jan. 25.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale officer, student investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Sears to close March 27

Covington's Sears will close March 27 because of underperformance and is discounting prices in an effort to move its inventory.

February 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police seek man for shooting

Authorities are searching for the men who reportedly shot a Newton County man in the butt Monday night.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A new habitat

Sequetta White and her family needed a new home. Six women can only live for so long in a house with one bathroom, no central heating and black trash bags over the moldy windows.

February 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Antique roadshow hits Covington

"There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up and the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles."

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water tank to hold emergency reserve

The county is about halfway done with a massive water storage tank on Kirkland Road near Salem Road, a move that officials said will maintain stability in the water system in the heavily-populated western portion of the county.

February 01, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man fights with wife’s boyfriend

Charles Cory Williams was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly getting in a fight with his wife's boyfriend.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No charges yet in fatal car accident

Charges have yet to be brought against Eastside High School senior McKenzie Crowe in the Saturday morning accident that took the life of 56-year-old Alison (Bell) Campbell, but according to a spokesman from the Georgia State Patrol, they are still pending.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for sexual exploitation

A Alabama man has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Broken coffee table leads to arrest

A family fight ended with the arrest of one man on charges of cruelty to children and criminal trespass early Sunday morning.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale home invasion suspect arrested

Authorities in Gwinnett County have arrested a man suspected in a Rockdale County home invasion that took place in February of 2011.

January 31, 2012 | | LOCAL


Home burns down on Tucker Mill Road

A blaze destroyed the home and the posessions of a mother and two young children Monday night on Tucker Mill Road.

January 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mentor turns youth's life around

John McCammon's mother was far away, his father was dead, his brother was in trouble and he was left alone in a foreign country he barely knew. He was 14.

January 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five banished from Housing Authority

Five men were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after one ran from the police and the others were caught allegedly packaging drugs in a home.

On Thursday afternoon, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Johnson Drive (inside the Housing Authority) on reports that a man with two outstanding felony warrants had been seen outside.

January 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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