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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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Beyond the call of duty

The men and women who dedicate their lives to careers in law enforcement are required to be brave, to be selfless and to help others in distress, and while every one of the deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Department fits the bill, three were honored Friday afternoon who went one step further, starting a tradition at the NCSO that Sheriff Ezell Brown hopes to continue.

February 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Church in Oxford holds MLK celebration

Celebrating MLK's legacy: Oxford College student Joane Pascal gave a dramatic interpretation of song at the 2010 MLK Celebration at Old Church in Oxford. Following the invocation for the 2010 MLK Celebration, everyone in attendance sang Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. The Rev. Sam Clowney spoke of education through the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraged the students in attendance to use their education to think insightfully about the issues of today. The Oxford College A Cappella group, Oxappella, performed multiple songs.

January 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democrats sponsor Super Bowl rib platters

The Newton County Democratic Party is selling 100 rib platters for Super Bowl Sunday.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Land for public park in Fairview purchased

After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods.

The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the NSP money will go toward house rehabilitation, creation of the park, homeowners assistance and administration costs.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County closer to stopping private landfill

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fund, fundraiser to support local man’s pancreas transplant

 Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Chick-Fil-A donates to InVest

Smart InVestments: On Jan. 9, Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser for the Newton County Sheriff's Office vest fund. Chris Giella and his wife Amy, the sponsors of the event, donated ten percent of the total sales toward the InVest fund. The event took place at 3130 Highway 278 in Covington. Deputy Wesley Atha and Deputy James Trent were both in attendance. Throughout the day citizens and patrons visiting the restaurant contributed to the vest fund. From its inception, the NCSO has received donations from retirees, individual citizens, social groups, churches and private companies.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ready for District

4-H in the classroom: Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Galloway's class have been presenting 4-H projects during the past week. The students have been judged by Ms. Kasey Reid, Jasper County 4-H Extension Agent. All of the projects were deemed ready for District Project Achievement because the students had done such a great job on their speeches and posters. Piedmont Academy will have 20 fifth grade students that will be able to attend District Project Achievement next month.

January 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Repairers thanks community for its holiday season support

Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.

January 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


First love

On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better."

Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in November 2009. Out of 2,000 entries, their song, "Your First" made the top 10.

January 31, 2010 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


Mock trial students take the stands in County courtrooms

Local high school students are getting firsthand knowledge of what it would be like to go before a judge - both as an attorney, witness, victim and suspect - while preparing for Newton County's mock trial regional competition.

January 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Verdant nature: Heather Barrett has traveled throughout Newton County to gather these colorful, vibrant images. The railroad tracks are off Cook Street in Covington. The pink dogwood and the purple iris lilies were photographed in the garden of the Rev. Jackson on Moore Street.

Nice Catch! Smokie Christopher caught this fish in a small lake near Mansfield. It took both Dennis Christopher and Roy Boy to bring it in. Smokie is currently a resident at Riverside Health Care Center in Covington.

January 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO campaign - Jan. 29

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wynne may not have to run in 2010 election

Although District Attorney Ken Wynne may have to wait until July to be sworn in as a Alcovy Circuit Superior Court judge, he likely won't have to worry about running for reelection this November.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mentoring makes a difference

David Burke may have had five fathers growing up, but he never had that one stable male influence in his life.

January 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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