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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 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


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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Westside Walmart site plan approved

Site plans have been approved for a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Salem and Brown Bridge roads.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber offers development forum

Covington and Newton County officials want to attract high-quality jobs. So does nearly every other community in the U.S.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Explorer’s complete training

Objectives complete: The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2010 National Explorers Excellence Award, after meeting all 11 program objectives, including community oriented activities, fingerprinting, vehicle pull-overs and handcuffing techniques. The group only needed to meet eight objectives but met all 11, after having only been started in February 2010. The group is headed by Investigator Mark Joiner. Sheriff Ezell Brown extended a special thanks to the citizens of Newton County for donations to the program, which went toward their uniforms, and to General Mills for a $2,000 donation for equipment for the program.

April 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mayfield Hardware to raffle Adirondack chairs Saturday

Mayfield's Hardware Company will be raffling off 20, hand-decorated Adirondack chairs Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at its downtown store in an effort to support local non-profits.

April 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Today: Spring Fling, Taste of Downtown

The Spring Fling will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, will be offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall.

April 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Newton teen dies after 4-wheeler wreck

A Newton County teen died Tuesday following a 4-wheeler accident.

April 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Winter left early this year

It seemed to be a cold, snowy winter, but the last freeze for the Atlanta area occurred in February, the earliest last freeze date since 1945, according to the National Weather Service.

April 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Arrest connected to Game Star robbery

A Forest Park man is in jail and charged in connection with armed robberies of the Game Star store in Covington and the Radio Shack and GNC stores in Conyers.

April 13, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Austin Scott to hold town hall Monday

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) will be hosting his first ever town hall in Covington from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse.

April 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health fair at Turner Lake

The inaugural health fair on Wednesday at the Turner Lake Complex featured health tests, food, information and sample giveaways. Vendors included Newton Medical Center, the Newton County Recreation Department, Fire Services, Chick-fil-A, Cigna, Senior Services, Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

April 13, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hello Dolly!

Say hello to an American musical theater classic this week, as the Oxford Youth Singers and the Oxford Singing Children offer their takes on "Hello Dolly!"

April 12, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Jail stressful on inmates and employees

Most days Fate Reed never turns his back. He keeps the same, alert, 180-degree view of his surroundings: metal tables, small rectangular windows and brown jumpsuits.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation budget debated by county

The county has more recreational facilities than ever, adding a new park, basketball gym, community center and house for office space last year, but declining property tax revenues may force facilities to be closed or result in less upkeep.

April 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Miracle League begins fundraiser

Notecards designed by Covinton-area children are on sale now in a Miracle League fundraiser. The cards were drawn last year in the Miracle League's annual competition to raise awareness of exceptional children and their recreation needs. Each pack of 12 cards costs $10 and features two cards designed by each of the six featured artists. All proceeds go to the construction of the Miracle League Complex at City Pond Park. Cards are available at the Turner Lake Complex, 6185 Turner Lake Road. Call (770) 786-4373, extension 14.

April 12, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


What's in the county's proposed budget?

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is working on the county budget for fiscal year 2012.

April 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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