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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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Naked man found walking down Highway 81

Phones at the Newton County Sheriff's Office were ringing off the hook around 6 p.m. Monday, when several people driving down Ga. Highway 81 noticed a man with no clothes on walking down the street.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local Astronomers snap pictures of ISS

The telescope tells all: Theo Ramakers (Social Circle) and Frank Garner (Covington), both members of the Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club, imaged the International space Station as it transited the Sun on Friday, July 30.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Savior Summer

Bright and early Saturday morning, Summer Stevens, her family and a group of volunteers pulled on their boots and gathered at the Georgia Equine Impound in the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center to begin a project of pure compassion. The goal of the day was to construct three small shelters to shade the abused and neglected horses from the scorching summer heat while they are nurtured back to good health and spirits.

August 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton woman killed in automobile crash Tuesday

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday afternoon following a head-on collision with a Freightliner truck.

July 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Patriots’ Table conservative group hosts State Senate 17 GOP forum

State Senate 17 Republican runoff candidates Todd Hilton and Rick Jeffares are pretty similar philosophically. They're both staunch conservatives who see eye-to-eye on most issues.

July 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unsung heroes: mentors help children in need

As part of their 50th anniversary celebration and legacy event, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta has launched 'Atlanta's Biggest Role Model' to honor community-nominated individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to inspire the youth in their community.

July 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Thanking the NCSO

Appreciation: The Covington Elks lodge 1806 PER Association provided a Law Enforcement Officer Appreciation Breakfast in July for 60 officers at the Lodge. Deputy Sheriff Anthony Washington shown here with his wife and children was awarded by PER Larry Capes, a Certificate of Appreciation for his hard work in the county by the association. A delicious breakfast was cooked and served with some good fellowship which was enjoyed by the Elks and the officers. The Elks are very supportive of all law enforcement groups in the county. They provided money to help pay for a safety vest last year for ...

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Health Department offering back to school screenings, immunization

The Covington Health Department is offering back to school screenings and immunizations for a discounted price.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Let’s make a miracle

The Miracle League of Newton County will be hosting their first "Let's Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show" on Aug. 7 at Turner Lake Complex. The event is part of the organization's fundraising efforts to build a baseball field at City Pond Park for physically and mentally handicapped children.

July 28, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Buy Local series focuses on Arts

In conjunction with the third concert of the Second Friday Night Summer Concert Series, Main Street Covington and the Arts Association in Newton County are excited to focus the Buy Local initiative on Buy Local Arts.

July 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Valuable experience

Jazar Williamson was such a city boy, he'd never used a lawn mower before. Having come from Connecticut, Williamson learned that in Newton County cutting lawns can be a full-time job, particularly at Gaithers Plantation. And he loved it.

July 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City keeps contract with airport operator

Once again, the Covington City Council decided it would continue to contract with current operator Dixie Jet Services to run Covington Municipal Airport - for now.

July 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia named finalist for ‘Race to the Top’ grant

Georgia is yet again in the final race for a share of $3.4 billion for education, and local officials are still supporting the process.

July 27, 2010 | By Carolyn Crist | LOCAL


Covington man arrested for allegedly stabbing supervisor

A Covington man was arrested Sunday, after he allegedly assaulted and stabbed his supervision at an Atlanta mail-processing plant.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


AgSouth Farm Credit second quarter earnings exceed 2009

AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $9 million during the second quarter of 2010. Year-to-date earnings total $18.9 million and exceed 2009 earnings of the same period by more than $5.4 million.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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