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Bear Creek figures come to light

Campaign contributions from Schnabel Engineering to a Newton County commissioner who, along with the rest of the board, will consider a proposal to allow the company to carry out tens of thousands of dollars worth of additional surveys for the Bear Creek reservoir appear to undermine recent county efforts to increase transparency surrounding the project.

November 22, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Curfew one vote from being imposed

A brick was tossed through the window of Firehouse Subs on Hwy. 278 at around 4:56 a.m. on Sept. 10. Shortly after, another brick was tossed into Metro PCS, followed by a third burglary alarm at Little Caesars just after 5:30 a.m.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Light up the holidays

The Covington News, Square Perk and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS to be recognized for improving student behavoir

Five schools in the Newton County School System are being recognized by the state superintendent's office for their work using the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program, or PBIS.

November 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County prepares for winter

As some northern states struggle to cope with record snowfall, Newton County is slated to receive more than $22,000 of plow and sanding equipment that should improve services and help avoid costly and dangerous accidents.

November 22, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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I-20 west backed up at Exit 80

Interstate 20 westbound is backed up as emergency responders work on clearing an accident that involved at least two vehicles on the left shoulder near exit 80 for West Avenue in Conyers. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route for at least the next half hour.

June 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two ready for trial in New Year's Eve murder

Two of the three people charged in the 2009 murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall have announced they are ready for trial.

June 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County building now handicap accessible

The Newton County Administration Building is now handicap accessible with a ramp leading to the back public entrance, nearest the board of elections, which has pushbutton access.

June 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Second teen sought in armed robbery

A warrant has been issued for the second man authorities believe responsible for the May 28 armed robbery at Bailey's Food Pride on Salem Road.

June 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police investigating shooting

Covington police are investigating a shooting that occurred about 2 p.m. today on Geiger Street in Oxford.

June 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Torres competent to stand trial for murder

Attorneys for accused murderer Abel Torres announced today that he is competent to stand trial for the 2008 murder of his roommate.

June 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County job cuts not decided

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan is adamant the county needs a millage rate increase, but county commissioners are undecided at best.

June 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire Chief Floyd retires

Firefighters are family.

June 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Celebrating the Special Olympics

A delegation of athletes from Newton County attended the Ga. State Summer Games at Emory University May 20-22.

June 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Troopers joining Summer H.E.A.T. campaign

The Georgia State Patrol today announced their participation with law enforcement officers across the state for the annual "100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T." campaign. The high visibility enforcement program's goal is to reduce traffic deaths during the summer months. Coordinated by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the H.E.A.T. (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic) program targets speeders, alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers, aggressive drivers, and people not wearing seat belts or adults who do not properly restrain children. The program continues through Labor Day.

June 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in Newton store robbery

One of the men authorities were searching for in connection with last week's convenience store robbery has been arrested.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen charged with rape, molestation

A Newton County teen was charged with child molestation and rape of a middle school-aged girl.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bank robbed in Social Circle

Pinnacle Bank in Social Circle was robbed today around 9:45 a.m. today and authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying the man responsible.

June 02, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton murder victim identified

The identity of the man found murdered in his mobile home has been released today by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rock from mower kills Troup County woman

LAGRANGE - Troup County officials say a woman died after being hit by a rock slung through the windshield of a car.

June 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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