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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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County to retain stake in Main Street

Newton County will not give up its half share in Main Street Covington, the non-profit organization that oversees development of Covington's downtown.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn mayor hit by car, is OK

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan was hit by a car last week, but managed to escape without any major injuries, he said Saturday.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeowners sought for Walker’s Bend

Covington is looking for homeowners for the Walker's Bend neighborhood as it continues efforts to revitalize the half-finished subdivision.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. will serve on Monday in place of Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias to hear the appeal in Brown et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1343) and McGinnis et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1345).

February 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The smile that doesn't stop

This story is the first in a series of Black History Month profiles The News will be featuring during February and also marks the beginning of our efforts to expand our video and multimedia coverage. Please visit covnews.com/reflections to see a video interview with James Hamm, owner of Town House Café. Look for an upcoming video interview and profile of community staples T.K. and Louise Adams.

February 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


UGA VIII dies

ATHENS, Ga. - UGA VIII, Georgia's white English bulldog mascot, died Friday from lymphoma, ending his reign as mascot after only half of a season.

Georgia senior associate athletic director Claude Felton said no formal funeral service had been scheduled.

February 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


It takes Courage to win a spelling bee

It takes Courage to win a spelling bee

February 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain plentiful today, but nothing frozen

Keep the umbrella handy today: The National Weather Service is calling for up to 2 inches of rain today in the Covington area.

February 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA football coach to speak

Few speakers can command the attention of a group of men like a well-known athlete or coach.

February 04, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Students ready for Saturday mock trial

Opening statements: Briana Clark, prosecutor, presents a witness statement to Jeffrey Jones, left, and Augustus German, defense attorneys, during Alcovy High School's mock trial practice Thursday evening. Newton County's three high schools will take their cases to court during the annual mock trial competition on Saturday.

February 04, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County hires civil engineer

Newton County has hired civil engineer Tom Garrett to oversee county transportation projects. The county had been without a full-time engineer since July's budget cuts.

February 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five arrested after Monday armed robbery

An armed robbery of a weapon and a gaming system Monday evening led to the arrest of five people in the Oak Hill area. Police are still searching for a sixth person in connection with the incident.

February 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School system holds budget cuts forum

Ways to cut costs: Approximately 75 people braved rainy weather Thursday night to attend a budget forum at Alcovy High School. Parents were told about the current state of the budget and given an overview of potential cuts to the 2011-2012 budget. They were also able to ask questions of school system officials. See Sunday's edition of The Covington News for the full story.

February 04, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County spent $45,000 to clean up snow, ice

Newton County spent more than $45,000 to clean up the county's major roads during January's winter storm, one of the worst in recent history.

February 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legislature creates redistricting office

ATLANTA - Legislative leaders are moving redistricting operations in-house and tapping a prominent Republican lawyer to advise the effort.

Redistricting, in which new Census data is used to redraw congressional and legislative lines, had been handled through a state contract with the University of Georgia's nonpartisan Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

February 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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