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BOC approves East Georgia settlement

COVINGTON, Ga - The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Tuesday night to approve the $10 million settlement with East Georgia Land and Development Company ...

April 19, 2017 | Darryl Welch | County

I-85 bridge demolition, replacement underway; traffic management plans for coming week are finalized

ATLANTA - Following Thursday's catastrophic fire and collapse of a portion of I-85 in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia DOT is following an aggressive schedule for replacement ...

April 03, 2017 | Staff Report | State

3 arrested in Atlanta fire underneath interstate bridge

ATLANTA (AP) - Three people have been arrested in connection with the raging fire that collapsed a portion of Interstate 85 a few miles north of ...

April 01, 2017 | Bill Barrow and Kate Brumback, Associated Press news@covnews.com | State

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Belton: Best bills move forward during lull

This week was very slow at the Capitol as the Senate and House start to look at each other's bills. This is fairly typical, and in most cases, makes sure that only the best bills get done.

March 12, 2017 | Rep. Dave Belton | Legislative Updates

SPLOST money will help cities

In addition to funding county projects like improvements to the Newton County 9-1-1 center, the Newton County 2017 SPLOST vote will also impact the county's cities, according to the mayors of Mansfield and Oxford.

March 11, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Cities

Gingrich Cushman: Yes, And...

If you have ever engaged in improv theater, then you have experienced the process of "yes, and..." What happens is a person says something that may or may not make sense, and you continue forward by following their statement with a "yes, and," which links to what you say next.

February 11, 2017 | Jackie Gringrich Cushman | Columnists

Super heavy shipment moving from Columbia County to Alabama tomorrow night

Currently a 656,000-pound shipment sits off Interstate 20 at the Columbia County Scales awaiting a tactical route to Alabama starting at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.

January 30, 2017 | Staff Report | State

Grateful for community

This semester at Oxford College I've been teaching my first solo course. Housed in American studies, "Understanding Community: Oxford Encountering Oxford," is a course that engages students in the critical exploration of the concept of community. They do this so they begin to formulate their own ideas of community, identify various structures of belonging in communities, and develop a deeper understanding of multiple communities to which they have been and are connected. We've talked about communities of origin, the Oxford campus community, virtual communities, communities of self-interest, intentional communities and we've especially focused on the City of ...

November 20, 2016 | Lyn Pace | Religion

Water restrictions imposed

Newton County residents are now under restrictions for water use after the Board of Commissioners (BOC) unanimously approved to raise the county's Drought Response Level to level 2.

November 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local

Steps being taken for water conservation

Water resources from around the entire state are suffering, according to James Brown, Newton County water resources director.

November 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local

Letter: Water management considered under one agency

Dear Editor,

October 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Letters

NCSS takes lead in creating poverty-informed community

It's not just the poor who are affected by poverty. It's the entire community.

October 02, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local

City OKs permit for private school

The Covington City Council approved a Special Use Permit for Alpha Omega Preparatory Academy, a private school for kindergarten through 12th grade students.

July 25, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local

Decision on trash fees not made by Solid Waste Authority

The Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) did not make a decision on fees associated with the county's convenience centers at a special called meeting Thursday night but did move on a related action.

July 08, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Local

VanNess Bill presented for protection of child abuse victims

The Georgia General Assembly completed legislative day 29 out of 40 on Friday, Feb. 26. On Friday the Senate debated and voted on several bills and I expect we will continue to pass more legislation protecting the rights of individuals and business owners throughout the state.

February 27, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | Local

Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race

Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington's council meeting Feb. 1.

February 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Covington

Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race

Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington's council meeting Feb. 1.

February 11, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local

Social Circle City Council tables vote on annexation

Despite the recommendation made by the Planning and Zoning Board, the Social Circle City Council moved to table the vote on annexing two tracts of land in Newton County north of I-20 until its next meeting, Feb. 16.

January 24, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Local

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