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Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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 23, 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


Juvenile problems could lead to curfew

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


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Woman kills knife-wielding assailant in home

DULUTH - Gwinnett County police say a woman shot and killed a knife-wielding intruder who attacked her in her home near Duluth.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Clayton chief's gun stolen

JONESBORO - Clayton County Police Chief Greg Porter says his gun, badge and other items were stolen from his car while he was playing golf.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


DeKalb Tech law enforcement graduation May 12

Recruits who earned certificates from DeKalb Technical College's Law Enforcement Academy will be honored at a graduation ceremony to recognize their achievement on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conference Center of DeKalb Technical College's Newton Center located at 8100 Bob Williams Parkway. Ken Vance, Executive Director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) Council will deliver the keynote address.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State athletic classification system changed

MACON - In a startling turn of events, the Georgia High School Association executive committee has voted to alter the state's athletic classification system, adopting a six-division plan by a 26-24 vote Tuesday.

May 11, 2011 | Adam Krohn Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Traffic light up at Ga. 212, Oak Hill

Updated, Wednesday, 11:20 a.m.: The intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road finally has a traffic signal, but it won't be fully operational until 10 a.m. on May 24, weather permitting.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman set on fire at Cobb gas station

KENNESAW, Ga. - Police in Kennesaw say a woman was burned when a man set fire to her and her car at a gas station and convenience store.

Officials say the woman pulled up to a gas pump at the BP station on Barrett Parkway at I-75 about 2 a.m. Wednesday when a man who had followed her into the station set the fire. They say she's hospitalized with serious burns.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton wants $260 million for roads

Newton County submitted $260 million in road projects for the upcoming transportation-only SPLOST, but local officials must wait to see how many projects make the final regional list.

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Food aid to tornado victims in Georgia

ATLANTA - Federal officials have approved food assistance for tornado victims in 25 Georgia counties.

May 11, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Local Eagle Scout finishes project

Jimmy Greenich built a bridge for his Eagle Scout project.

The 40-foot-long beams and wood plank bridge is over the creek that feeds Hicks Lake on Georgia Highway 212 and is dedicated to Nita and Charlie Tarleton, members of Prospect United Methodist Church, the home for Jimmy's Troop 748.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 11

o Jerrod Jenkins, violation of probation, revoke balance to Newton County Jail. Attempted violation Georgia Controlled Substance Act, 1 year confinement, $500.

May 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local filmmaker to debut movie

Arlando Usher is a dreamer. He's pursuing a career in acting, and when he couldn't land a significant role with an established company, he decided to make his own movie. The plot: The struggles of a young man trying to turn his life around by becoming an actor and making his own movie. The title: "Dream Killerz."

May 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Search on after Mother’s Day gone wrong

A refusal to accept a Mother's Day gift has Covington Police officers searching for a man who reportedly assaulted a woman in front of her two daughters.

May 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City will not fund library increase

Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City considers stormwater fee options

The city of Covington is considering its options to collect stormwater bills it claims is owed by the county government and school board. The county owes $88,000 and the school board owes $74,235.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City tightens parking rules downtown

Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.

May 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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