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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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Phone cards for soldiers

Calling home: Sgt. Campbell (left) and Cpl. Wilks (right), at the Covington National Guard Armory, display some of the 238 phone cards presented by Benny Stephenson (center) thanks to the efforts of the American Legion Post 77's Honor Guard. The cards will be used by the unit when serving in Afghanistan.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Rockdale News hits the stands

Charles Hill Morris Jr., the publisher of 144-year-old Covington News, recently announced the creation of a new publication for Conyers and Rockdale County.

The new weekly newspaper will be called The Rockdale News and will feature local news and sports coverage of Rockdale County. The first edition was published Saturday, April 4.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Military briefs 4/08/09

James Almand

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital Spring Gala on April 25

Newton Medical Center will hold it's Annual Spring Gala on April 25. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be an elegant and entertaining night to remember.

The Gala is the Hospital Auxiliary's signature fund-raising event of the year, raising thousands of dollars over the years for the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the Auxiliary will raise money for the new neonatal intensive care unit. Tickets are $90 per person.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County projects $8.6 mill. deficit

The Newton County Board of Commissioners got their first look at the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010, and the sight wasn't pretty. The county is projecting an $8.6 million deficit.

April 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Festival and Ride for Child Abuse Prevention

Roughly 50 people participated in the ride from the old Wal-Mart to The Church at Covington Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for preventing child abuse. Attendees also enjoyed live music, free popcorn and cotton candy and the beautiful spring weather.

April 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham indicted by grand jury

A Newton County grand jury indicted Don Gresham for lying about his past as a convicted sex offender in an unsuccessful bid for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Education.

April 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gresham indicted by grand jury

A Newton County man who lied about his past as a convicted sex offender in a bid for a seat on the Board of Elections was indicted by a grand jury Friday in connection with that attempt.

April 04, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Journey to the moon

Man in the moon: Oxford astronomy professor Jim Honeycutt visited the AP physics class at Newton High School Tuesday with microscopic samples of lunar rock and soil. He gave a short presentation about lunar features as well as basic information about meteors, asteroids and comets. The International Astronomical Union has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.

April 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Feeding the hungry, one sack at a time

The prolonged economic recession is hitting Covington hard and many families can't afford to feed themselves on a daily basis. That's why Tom Rea and other members of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal began the "Sack Lunch Saturday" program in February.

April 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested during bar crawl

A bar-hopping woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly striking a parked vehicle as she left one bar and headed to another.

April 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cards for soldiers

In our thoughts: Sharp Learning Center students Marquavious Massey, Baye Patrick and Alexus Tate pose with cards the students made and will send to soldiers deployed overseas.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lions Club Chicken Barbecue on April 8

The Covington Lions Club Chicken Barbecue is back for its 37th year of serving up finger-licking vittles.

April 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Author to speak at Newton County Library

The Friends of the Newton County Library will host author Wright Gres at 7 p.m. April 16 in the meeting room of the Newton County Library.

April 03, 2009 | Paula Travis | LOCAL


Through the storm

Through days of almost unbearable sadness, sickness and death, author Joyce Fincher has remained true to her faith.

April 03, 2009 | Colleen Capes Jackson | LOCAL


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