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Newton County postpones bulk waste change at convenience centers

Consideration of a proposal to accept bulk waste only at the Newton County landfill, prohibiting it from being deposited at the county’s 11 convenience centers, was tabled at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. With a Citizens Solid Waste Committee presentation scheduled for Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m., commissioners agreed unanimously that action on the proposal would be premature.

Newton blotter, Aug. 26-Sept. 1

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, the Covington Police Department, Porterdale Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol.

Covington police investigate robbery outside home on Floyd Street

Covington police are actively pursuing leads in a reported robbery of a woman early Tuesday morning on Floyd Street.

‘Don’t wait, communicate;’ September is National Preparedness Month

Rockdale BOC proclaims September as National Preparedness Month

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation Tuesday designating September as National Preparedness Month

Newton County Sheriff’s Office investigates death of 26-year-old man found shot in Silos of Ellington

A 26-year-old Newton County man was shot and killed Tuesday night inside the Silos of Ellington neighborhood.

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Gridiron glory

The Eastside High School Eagles claimed bragging rights in a 41-0 win over cross-county rival Alcovy High Friday night.

Candidates declare for local municipal elections

Deadline to file notice of candidacy for open mayor and council seats is Friday

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, several local candidates filed notices of their candidacies for municipal offices in Newton and Rockdale counties that are open in the Nov. 3 general elections.

Covington Police to hold 'Filming the Fuzz' contest

Video clips of Fuzz Run can win prize and help build database of race footage

The Covington, Ga., Police Department announced the inaugural “Filming the Fuzz” contest, which gives participants in the Sept. 12 Fuzz Run an opportunity to win one of several prizes and helps the CPD build a database of race footage.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pine Valley Mission served many for nearly 25 years

The volunteers who operated the Pine Valley Mission reluctantly closed the doors on Sunday, July 26. The mission was one of the oldest community services, charitable-type organizations in Newton County having been in existence for close to 25 years.

Free outdoor events to celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day

Georgia’s state parks are offering many free celebratory events scheduled for National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 26, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Newton County commissioners take wait-and-see approach to changes at convenience centers

Newton County commissioners said Tuesday they preferred to hear a final report from the Citizens Solid Waste Committee before moving forward with any initiatives affecting the county’s solid waste management program in general or the convenience/recycling centers in particular.

Gang activity suspected in a number of local crimes

An 18-year-old male who claimed to be a member of a Crips-related gang has been arrested in connection with the beating of another teen earlier this year, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office. Other crimes that occurred over the summer are believed to have been committed by gang members as well.

State road work to take break over Labor Day weekend

GDOT to suspend construction-related lane closures on Interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes

To ease Labor Day weekend traffic congestion statewide, the Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on Interstate highways and heavily traveled state routes from noon on Friday until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston files for re-election

Cites need to keep building toward more commerce and jobs in city

Covington, Ga., Mayor Ronnie Johnston officially filed to run for re-election, saying despite the city’s numerous accomplishments during his first term in office, he wants to keep building to bring more commerce and jobs to city.

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Authorities look into suspicous fire at local business

Authorities are investigating suspicious fires that were set at Cable Broadband Telecommunications on General Arts Road in the early morning hours Sunday and a racial slur was found spraypainted on the building.