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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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Teens find formula for arrest

Six Atlanta teens were arrested early Saturday after allegedly stealing baby formula valued at $1,060.71 from a Covington grocery store.

December 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snowy roads to freeze overnight

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday for a wide swath of central Georgia, including Newton County.

December 25, 2010 | | LOCAL


Community center enriches lives

After spending hours in school, around 50 students still come running into the Washington Street Community Center for classes every afternoon.

December 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau honored at GFB convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau won four of the 11 top state Farm Bureau awards during the 72nd Annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention held Dec. 5-7, on Jekyll Island.

December 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How does he do it?

Ever wonder just how Santa Claus makes things happen on Christmas? We asked the man himself and this is what he had to say.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Whippoorwill Hollow promotes local food

Andy Byrd's enthusiasm for organic fruits and vegetables are undeniable. His family and friends praise his love of providing and promoting healthy food. His Whippoorwill Hollow Farm, 3905 Ga. Highway 138, is a testament to his passion.

December 24, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Where's the beef?

You can't raise a cow in the backyard of a subdivision home, but some suburban teens get a chance to experience ranch life and learn about the business of beef through the Future Farmers of America market steer program at Newton County High School.

December 24, 2010 | Janet Jernigan Correspondent | LOCAL


Woman injured in wreck

A Covington woman was seriously injured Thursday morning when she lost control of her vehicle.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Home for Christmas

You've heard the song: "I'll be home for Christmas. You can plan on me…"

December 24, 2010 | Jonathan E. Scharf | LOCAL


Christmas wish list

Wish List

December 24, 2010 | Brian Dale | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Wanted for Battery

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for battery against a man for reportedly beating his girlfriend.

December 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State unemployment rate rises in November

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released Wednesday by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off-duty jailer injured in crash

An off-duty Newton County Jail detention officer was injured Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle he was driving was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

December 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chimney Park scores big

Chimney Park has received its largest single donation, $2,556, thanks to sponsors of the inaugural Deck the Halls silent auction.

December 23, 2010 | | LOCAL


Bethlehem Baptist gives handmade toys

Bethlehem Baptist Church, located on Usher Street, gave away 100 handmade drums and other handmade gifts to needy children on Dec. 18. Many of the gifts, including the drums, pillows, blankets and other crafts were made by philanthropist Jean Jackson.

December 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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