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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


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


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A Fresh Choice

For 10 years, Conyers Locally Grown has been a source of joy for locals seeking exceptionally fresh products straight from a farmer's hands to their kitchen tables.

April 23, 2011 | Tonya Y. Parker | LOCAL


Check out our Easter roundup

Easter events range from egg hunts to special services this week in Newton County. Here's a sampling:

April 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nuclear reactor to be back up Saturday

One of two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga. unexpectedly shut down Wednesday, but officials said the reactor should be up and running Saturday.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County offices closed for Good Friday

Newton County offices are closed today for Good Friday, including the landfill and recycling centers. Good Friday is one of the county's unpaid furlough days.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Extension hosting homebuyer workshop

You can learn about how to buy a home and manage money at a homebuyer workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 30 at the Rockdale County Cooperative Extension, 1400 Parker Road in Conyers.

April 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trails supporters sign in

Newton County trails supporters didn't want to resort to putting up road signs. They felt signs were simply visual clutter that did nothing to promote the dialogue needed for the community to make an informed decision regarding the Norfolk Southern railroad purchase and other trail projects.

April 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day festivities will be held today on the quad fronting Seney Hall at Oxford College.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ride for Sue

Fundraising: Motorcyclists from across the area gathered recently for a fundraiser in support of Sue Gray, a two-time breast cancer survivor. The ride was held on March 26, and took participants from Covington to Monroe and back. The fundraising efforts included a singles auction, with participants putting themselves up for auction for dates.

April 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival May 7

Indulge your whimsical side at the third annual Fairy House Festival from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St.

April 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County restricts adult entertainment

Newton County commissioners confirmed their desire to strictly regulate adult entertainment by unanimously passing an updated ordinance Tuesday.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woodall to host town hall Q&A Tuesday

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after being stabbed

A man who was stabbed in the back by his wife ended up arrested and charged with battery, after witnesses said the woman was just trying to defend herself against him.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman arrested for begging

A woman was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing Monday after workers called Covington Police and reported that she was begging for money.

April 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cobb police defend charges against teen driver

MARIETTA, Ga. - Cobb County police are defending their decision to charge a 16-year-old boy with second-degree vehicular homicide after a crash in which his mother, who was riding in the car, was killed.

WSB-TV reported that 45-year-old Kimberly Nichols was killed April 13 as her son drove the family's Volkswagen convertible to an orthodontist appointment.

April 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Teen arrested in attempted robbery

A 14-year-old boy teen has been arrested and charged with attempting to rob a man early Sunday morning.

April 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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