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Local educators named to advisory board

Two people from the Newton County School System have been handpicked to join Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Boards.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS writing tests scores see increase

The rate of Newton County School System high school students who passed the Georgia High School Writing Test this year increased across the board from 2013.

December 03, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Water Authority moves on Bear Creek

The Newton County Water and Sewer Authority will carry out two key studies on Lake Varner and the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, preempting a bid by Schnabel Engineering that would have cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

December 03, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Sheriff: County must do more to keep deputies

Newton County is losing up to a million dollars a year due to high turnover within the Sheriff's Office as experienced deputies leave for higher salaries and better pensions elsewhere, Sheriff Ezell Brown said Tuesday during an impassioned plea for more funding.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Living Christmas Tree musical performance returns to First Baptist Conyers, Dec. 12-14

For a breathtaking Christmas spectacle, look no farther than First Baptist Conyers' 13th annual Living Christmas Tree musical performance, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 2100 Ga. Highway 138.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prayers needed for Knox family

Newton Medical Center Board of Director Chairman D.L. (Pete) Knox and his wife were involved in a car accident near Macon Friday evening.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to discuss Lake Varner at Tuesday meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is preparing to meet Tuesday to discuss several pertinent issues, including a safe yield analysis for Lake Varner and the appointment of the elections board.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Holiday special: All content available

As a holiday gift, The Covington News is offering its online services at no charge through the new year.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Movember Movement

This Thanksgiving, as I sat around listening to family stories and eating turkey (no lasagna has been made since my grandmother passed), I noticed that there was an abundance of facial hair. Really creative, somewhat whimsical, and abundant facial hair. It was on the cousins and the uncles. It was on football players, commercial actors, and parade commentators. It was on hipsters and baby boomers. Is this a trend that my husband has missed?

December 01, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Open and transparent?

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson failed to file campaign finance disclosure reports for nearly three years, incurring more than $400 in fines, but a recent amendment to campaign finance legislation means he may never have to file again.

November 29, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Oxford hosts 175th anniversary convocation

Put on your party hats and church shoes, because Oxford has turned 175 years old this year.

November 29, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


A time to celebrate

The holiday fun started in Covington Nov. 20 with the lighting of the Square. But the joy isn't extinguished. Santa Claus will make several stops on the Square from now until Christmas, and will even come to The Covington News Dec. 5 and 11 from 6-8 p.m.

November 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale mill rate drops

The Porterdale City Council will, once again, discuss the upcoming $196,700 budget during its next meeting.

November 29, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Keno thieves strike two Covington stores

Two men lost from Keno last week without checking their numbers.

November 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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BOC moves to add county manager

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift away from the chairman after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a county manager who will report directly to the board of commissioners.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

COVINGTON

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smallwood, Dunn win Mansfield seats

In Mansfield's two contested races, Marty Smallwood defeated incumbent Orville McGunigal for the Post 1 race, and Lisa Dunn beat out David NaDell in the open Post 4 race.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elections held today

Check back to this page tonight for breaking elections results. In the meantime, make sure you take the time to vote. Elections in Covington historically have a small turnout. In 2007, there were only 1,309 votes cast in the mayoral election, so every vote matters.

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC consensus to shift power to itself

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a replacement administrative officer who will report directly to the board of commissioners, but no longer report to the chairman.

November 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chairman against county manager switch

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan does not want the board of commissioners to create a county manager position before the matter has been studied and presented to the public.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candidates late filing campaign reports

Several Covington and Porterdale candidates owe at least one fine to the State Ethics Commission for filing a campaign report late, but nearly all of them have at least filed the required reports.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Indian Creek Golf Club to close Nov. 28

Golfing was one of the first activities to decline during the economic downturn. Four years later, Bryan Raines hasn't seen enough improvement.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to talk gov’t change Monday

The future of Newton County's government will be discussed at a work session at 7 p.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse when county commissioners discuss whether to switch to a full-time county manager system.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cheer championship results

The Newton County Recreation Commission held its annual cheerleading competition Saturday at Alcovy High School. Four division champions were crowned. The Bulldogs took the Training League title, edging out a spirited effort from the Tide while the Seminoles captured the Division 1 championship in the second event of the day. In Division 2 it was the group representing the LSU Tigers that took home the first-place trophy, staving off a fierce challenge from the Gators. In the final meet of the day, the Gators set the tone with a stirring performance to open the Division 3 competition and looked like ...

November 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Turkey Day Tip of the Week - Nov. 6

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends at your house this year? Suggest a potluck. If you provide the turkey, ask everyone else to bring a side dish. This strategy will definitely lower your costs! Not only is this a cost saving measure, but everyone will feel more involved in making the holiday meal special. You can always ask each person to bring his or her specialty and then, fill in the holes in the menu accordingly.

November 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Suspect flees officer, leaves behind pink bike

While patrolling U.S. Highway 278 near West Street in the wee hours of Thursday morning, officers noticed a man riding his bike in the middle of the road.

November 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Head kicking leads to arrest

Officers from the Covington Police Department headed to a hotel on City Pond Road after someone called 911 late Thursday night, then hung the phone up.

November 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Student suspended for knife

A Mansfield Elementary student was suspended Tuesday for bringing a collector's knife on a private bus and into school that morning, school officials said.

November 04, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


4-H Fever

Terri Kimble and 4-H are inseparable. The agriculturally-based youth organization is her work, of course, but it's also her passion and a significant chapter in her family history.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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