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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


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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IBM offers Covington chance to be Smarter City

Covington and Newton County may join 19 other cities around the world by signing up for IBM's Smarter Cities program.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Nutcracker

A holiday classic: (Top) Clara, (Elise Barksdale) waves farewell to the Land of Sweets. (Left) The Snow Queen (Rachel Sandman) crowns Clara as a princess of the Land of Sweets. (Right) The Snow Queen and Snow King (Patrick Faircloth) dance.

December 13, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democratic party members make special holiday deliveries

The Newton County Democratic Party was out and about Saturday delivering bags of food and toiletries to needy families during the holiday season. Members drove around the county and handed out 25 bags of goodies, including oranges, apples, bananas, onions, green beans, canned salmon, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau Honored At GFB Convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 71st Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 6-8, on Jekyll Island. The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-employee charged with 98 theft counts

Newton County Home Builders Association former Executive Officer Andrea Hammond was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the company.

December 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holly jolly breakfast

Breakfast with Santa: The Pilot Club of Covington hosted it's annual pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Children got the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked breakfast (right), and many also went to have a talk with the Santa, who came all the way from the North Pole (left). A secret Santa shop (bottom left) was also set up for children to shop for their parents. All proceeds went to help the Pilot Club. The pilot club is a service organization focused on helping people with ...

December 12, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Ex-employee arrested for stealing from Newton County Home Builders Assocation

The Newton County Home Builders Association's former executive officer, Andrea Hammond, was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the organization.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 11

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 ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hwy. 20/212 intersection complete

One of Newton County's most congested intersections finally has stoplights, and they seem to be helping the traffic flow immensely.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s a cheer-off!

The Newton County Recreation Department held the 9th annual Cheer-off Competition on Nov. 21 at Alcovy High School. Approximately 21 squads competed in the three age divisions.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Rock Baptist Church mourns a life cut short

Monday night members of Solid Rock Baptist Church held a fireworks display for 9-year-old Kristin Beaucher. Kristin passed away from complications with a brain tumor early this week. Solid Rock members hoped she could look down on the display.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office offers amnesty

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer an amnesty program from Dec. 11, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010. The Newton County Sheriff's Office amnesty program will allow individuals listed with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in. Each person will be released on their own recognizance after bringing documentation which proves a valid address. Proof of valid address can be in the form of an electric bill, gas bill or water bill. If possible a valid driver's license is preferred. Processing will take place at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. This process should take ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On the grounds of Burge Plantation

Like a fairy tale cottage, the original Burge House sits surrounded by forest. Across the street from its original location, a bigger home has been erected and stands proudly on the land that has bore the Burge name since the 1830s. The original house, now a private residence, turned 200-years-old this November, celebrating a monumental anniversary in Newton County.

December 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Nutcracker returns

The Arts Association in Newton County presents the Covington Regional Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall. This year's performance features guest dancer Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowder gets life plus 5 for 2008 murder

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Monday in connection with the 2008 killing of his estranged wife, 43-year-old Catcilia.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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