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Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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, Michala, 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


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Two arrested for theft of city's copper

Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing copper from the city of Covington.

August 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DA shuts down gambling joint

A request for local authorities to crack down on illegal gambling from Governor Nathan Deal Thursday led to the immediate closure of Covington Business Center, located in the Covington Corners shopping center.

August 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local woman killed in Ga. 212 wreck

Carol L. Hale of Covington was killed when her 2002 Olds Alero struck a tree off Ga. Highway 212 around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


DNA solves ‘09 rape on Kirkland Road

DNA evidence collected from 2009 has identified a suspect in the rape of a 16-year-old girl two years ago.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authorities search for armed robbers

Authorities are searching for three armed men who accosted a homeowner and his wife early this morning, demanding money.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for sexual assault of teen

Two men and one teen have been charged with the ongoing molestation of a 13-year-old girl.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Explorers assist local law enforcement

For the 13 members of the Porterdale Explorers program, they have gained more than just knowledge of law enforcement, they have gained a family.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


T-SPLOST project lists finalized

Regional officials have finished crafting a $740 million T-SPLOST list, which would give Newton County $140 million for transportation projects from 2012 to 2022.

August 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scouts do a good turn for man’s best friend

Covington's Boy Scout Troop 222 recently built dog houses as part of an ongoing effort to serve the community.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 17

Robert Kitchens, escape, 10 years probation, three years confinement, $1,000.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


"Nutcracker" auditions begin Saturday

Auditions for the Covington Regional Ballet's performance of "Nutcracker" will be held Saturday for ages five and up.

August 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID on remains could take weeks

Identification on the skeletal remains found by the Yellow River early Saturday morning could take several weeks.

August 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tween makes threats, knife found

A 14-year-old middle school student reportedly threatened to "shoot up" the school Friday morning.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man shot during disagreement

A 25-year-old man was shot in the foot during a disagreement Monday evening, and deputies are looking for the person responsible.

August 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Battery note contents released

Update, Monday, 5:38 p.m.: "You just got punked."

August 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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