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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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NCSO joins DEA to "Take-Back" prescription drugs on Sept. 25

On Saturday September 25, from 10:00 a.m. Until 2:00 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting one of 2,700 national sites for the Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The NCSO will be holding the event inside the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Industrial Blvd. NCSO personnel will have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused ...

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy looks for first win tonight at Starr's Mill

September 10, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Eastside seeks fast start tonight in new region

This time last year, Eastside High School football was surrounded by question marks. Were the Eagles a one-hit wonder? Was their 2008 success all about Justin Wray and the six other players who went off to play college football? Was Git Aiken a soft running back?
After a 1-2 start, the Eagles answered those questions by going undefeated in Region 8-AAA play and making it all the way to the Class AAA semifinals. Entering tonight's game with Locust Grove though, some of those questions have reemerged.
Aiken turned out to be the most prolific back in Eastside history and ...

September 10, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 10

Salem High School football players eagerly watch last week's game from the sidelines. The team has been gearing up this week and will play at home against Habersham County tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Newton County Football tonight:

September 10, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Part of highway named after Roy, Aaron Varner

The memory of Roy Varner spans the county, and now his name does, too.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wig-wearing bandits strike again

Wig-wearing bandits who have robbed several banks in the metro Atlanta area since July struck again on Wednesday at a bank in Gwinnett County.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Libraries celebrate September as library card sign up month

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and the Newton County Library System want to make sure that all children, teens and adults in Newton County have the smartest card of all - a library card.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man gets 20-years for attacking Ala. jail guard with mop

A Covington man who is a suspect in 2009 robberies of the Covington Holiday Inn Express and Doster's Store in Newton County has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attacking a guard in an Alabama jail with a mop.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council votes to end airport contract

Aviation customers will soon have a different experience at the Covington Municipal Airport, following the Covington City Council's 3-2 vote Wednesday to end its contract with airport operator Dixie Jet Services.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. announces the opening of Artful Harvest, the annual juried art exhibit sponsored by United Bank. This year's show will be held at the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St., until Sept. 29. All Newton County artists are welcome and encouraged to exhibit, as are artists from throughout the state. Applications are available at Southern Heartland Art Gallery or online at www.southernheartlandart.com.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 9

Alcovy's Dallas Hardin strains as she pitches a ball to a Union Grove batter during Wednesday night's softball game.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 8

Susan Wahl gets help hanging a framed photograph at Southern Heartland Arts' annual Artful Harvest art show which will be on display in the library until September 30.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 08, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Literacy Festival is this weekend

Covington will celebrate the written word on Saturday with the seventh annual Literacy Festival.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the Kid Cavalier

Parents in search for some good, spooky fun just in time for Halloween need look no further than the square on Saturday, when local author Erik Oliver will be signing copies of his children's Halloween book, "Kid Cavalier on a Halloween Quest," at Mayfield Ace Hardware.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sisters squabble after alleged voodoo ritual

Two sisters got into a physical altercation after one allegedly attempted to perform a voodoo ritual on the other.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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