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Covington hears first reading of utilities ordinances

Three ordinances, each written to amend provisions of the electric system and water system, were read for the first time at the Covington City Council meeting on March 2. The change could reduce city revenue by up to $700,000.

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Updated: mar. 05, 2015 5:35 p.m.

TTE: Benz, no longer with Craig firm

CAIRO — At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Grady County Commission, the board hired Laura Wahoske Benz LLC as a consultant for Tired Creek Lake and point of contact with the Army Corps of Engineers. Previously, this work was done by Benz as an employee of the Law Office of Wm. Thomas Craig.

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Posted: mar. 05, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Great American Cleanup March 28

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 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

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Posted: mar. 04, 2015 4:08 p.m. | Updated: mar. 04, 2015 4:13 p.m.

Craig pays off state tax liens

County Attorney Tommy Craig has paid off $332,531.60 in unpaid state income taxes and penalties dating back to 2003, but still appears to owe several million over unpaid federal income taxes, records show.

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Posted: mar. 04, 2015 12:10 p.m.
Dr. Brown returning for NCSS Spring summit

Dr. Brown returning for NCSS Spring summit

Back by popular demand, Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that visionary and instructional leader, Dr. Adolph Brown will return to Newton County to headline the school district’s Spring Education Summit scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Newton High School.

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Posted: mar. 04, 2015 9:48 a.m.
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County hears landfill deal

The Board of Commissioners heard Tuesday a proposed set of agreements intended to solve the county's waste management problems, as concerned citizens pressed for more options.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 4:24 p.m. | Updated: mar. 03, 2015 11:32 p.m.

Walk to School Day at West Newton

West Newton Elementary School will participate in Georgia Walk to School Day on Wednesday with a 9 a.m. ribbon cutting followed by walk/bike to school encouragement activities.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 4:49 p.m.

White out as Social Circle city manager

After 13 years the city of Social Circle is making a change with its city manager.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 10:03 a.m.

Covington woman shoplifts with children

A Covington woman was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a retail store with the assistance of her two juvenile sons.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 6:33 p.m. | Updated: mar. 02, 2015 6:33 p.m.
Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

Who is hungry in Newton? Around 18,000

The Covington News Digital Edition cover story (covnewsdigital.com):

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 10:27 a.m.
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Champion for change

Champion for change

From the base of a rural Georgia court room, Judge Sheri Roberts carries a message across her home state and the nation: we can do a lot better by the young people served by our courts.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 10:08 a.m.
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Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Proclamation signed for Youth Art Month

Members of the Arts Program at GFWC Service Guild of Covington gathered at Covington City Hall to have Mayor Ronnie Johnston sign a Proclamation partnering the National Council for Art Education and the National Council for the Arts with Covington and Newton County schools, encouraging public support of quality student art programs.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 9:51 a.m.
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New State Farm business opens in Social Circle

It was a grand day for Tim and Jessica Hutchinson Saturday, as they celebrated the opening of their new State Farm office located at 306 Village Circle in Social Circle.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:31 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Closing the child pornography loophole

Kelsey Upton was just 15 years old when she received a terrifying text from a registered sex offender in another state. The middle-aged man had seen a pornographic image of another woman that had been posted online along with Kelsey’s name, phone number and address in Oxford.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:42 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Covington looking at utilities changes

The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday’s council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:47 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

Sarah Frances Hardeman to be honored

A long time Covington citizen, Sarah Frances Hardeman, born to George Washington Thompson and Lillie Davis- Thompson in 1918, is being recognized and honored for her legendary acts and community service in Covington.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Updated: mar. 01, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Celebrating Black History

Celebrating Black History

During its 5th Annual Black History Program Covington held a celebration, themed “A Century of Black Life, Culture & History” in the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 6:45 p.m.
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Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Man convicted of 2001 Newton County murder scheduled for execution

Brian Keith Terrell, the man convicted of killing 70-year-old John Watson in his Covington home in 1992 is scheduled to be executed March 10 at 7 p.m., Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens announced Friday.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 4:52 p.m.
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What's in store for the Georgia Milestones

The word "assessment" might make students, parents and even some teachers nervous.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:55 a.m. | Updated: feb. 26, 2015 12:00 p.m.
Their last meal

Their last meal

More than one in five children in Newton County do not know where their next meal will come from, according to the most recent study by food bank umbrella group Feeding America.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:06 p.m.
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Schools will be open Thursday

Schools will be open Thursday

Newton County Schools are open Thursday after being closed for predicted inclement weather Wednesday.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:09 p.m. | Updated: feb. 25, 2015 10:48 p.m.
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Newton County Schools closed Wednesday

Newton County Schools will be closed for both students and staff Wednesday due to predicted inclement weather.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 11:18 p.m.

Covington Police Explorers enjoy national success

The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Deputies arrest armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's deputies arrested 17-year-old Ladarius Lockhart and charged him in connection with an armed robbery at the Oak Hill BP station that occurred Saturday morning.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Updated: feb. 24, 2015 2:43 p.m.

NCSO to host Citizen's Firearm Safety Course

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office will hold its Citizen’s Firearm Safety Course March 28, teaching the public on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety, at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols and giving citizens a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriffs Office Firing Range.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 10:19 a.m.

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