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Navigate the transportation bill

If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.

March 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Watch: interview with Governor Deal

Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Court Sentencings - Oct. 9

Hubert Harrison, violation of probation, balance in Newton County Jail.

October 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boy stabs fellow youth with screwdriver

An 11-year-old boy was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after threatening other juveniles with a screwdriver and slightly injuring one of them.

October 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


4-H volunteers change the world

They spent the night in one-room cabins with fifth and sixth grade campers.

October 07, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Main Street, Smart Growth host forum

Main Street Covington and Smart Growth Newton County are hosting a candidate forum for city candidates from all of Newton County's cities at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Washington Street Community Center, 4138 School Street in Covington.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Main Street wins prestigious downtown award

While Covington and Newton County continue to refine the roles and responsibilities of Main Street Covington, the program has already taken a significant step forward.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber asks for county alcohol vote

The Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce once again asked the Newton County Board of Commissioners to put the alcohol by the drink question to a public vote.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested in 2010 Kay Jewelry robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Arrest made in '10 armed robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local officials work on redistricting

Update, Oct. 5, 11:05 a.m.: Chairman Kathy Morgan said local elected officials looked at the map created by the redistricting office and used it as a beginning point for a new map.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Voices from the Past cemetery tour

The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour will be held at the Oxford Historic Cemetery on Oct. 13. The cemetery is located on Highway 81 just north of Oxford. The tour entrance will be on the corner of Asbury and Collingwood streets. There will be two sessions, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointed time to be in place for the start of the tour. People booked on the later tour might want to bring a flashlight.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Practice before play for 4-H brothers

"My dad says, 'practice, and then you can play,'" said third grader Luke Wallace.

October 05, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


The Mural Man

Andrew Sabori painted murals of rock-n-roll artists Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they were still up-and-comers playing in The Fillmore in San Francisco. His art has hung in The Apollo Theater and The Julliard School. He spent years gracing the walls of Las Vegas casinos with his painted scenery.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two industries coming to county

Newton County's manufacturing base continues to buoy the local job market, as four existing industries and two new industries are expected to hire workers.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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