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Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


Juvenile problems could lead to curfew

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 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


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Back 2 School Block Party needs sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the annual Back 2 School Block Party, which provides school supplies to needy students.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Search continues for Castillo killer

Nearly a month after his death and the search for the killer or killers of Manuel Samano Castillo continues.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CJ Orchards still peachy after 30 years

Taking a bite out of a peach from CJ Orchards is like biting into a water balloon; the explosion of flavor upon the first bite will send a sweet river of juices down your shirt.

June 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Comparing Covington's electricity costs

Covington uses profits from electricity sales to subsidize other government operations; that's no secret. But, how does that affect residents' bottom line, and do they pay more for power than other Georgians?

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trooper in fatal shooting back at work

The Georgia State Patrol trooper who shot and killed a man who was allegedly threatening his life is back at work.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rough Times

If you play The Oaks Course often enough, chances are you'll eventually run into Landon Cheek working in the pro shop. Cheek is a Newton graduate and currently a student at West Georgia.

June 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Man chokes woman after accident

A report of a car accident resulted in an arrest for simple battery and cruelty to children Tuesday afternoon.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman beaten by baby's father

A woman came into the Covington Police Department late Friday night covered in blood after her baby's daddy reportedly attacked her.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield native interns in D.C.

Mansfield native Cale Davis will be spending his summer in Washington D.C. working with U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon).

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two men arrested in pot bust identified

Two men arrested late Sunday for cultivating thousands of marijuana plants have been identified.

June 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Disabled vet's house blocked by neighbors

EVANS, Ga. - Construction of a home for a disabled veteran and his family has been blocked by the neighborhood property owners' association, which says the 2,700-square-foot design is too small.

June 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga. Woman charged with drowning child in pond

NORMAN PARK, Ga. - Authorities charged a woman with murder after they say she held her granddaughter under water in a south Georgia pond.

June 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mill, Thompson intersection to become four-way stop

The intersection of Mill Street and Thompson Avenue will be converted into a four-way stop July 5.

June 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for armed robbers

Summerset Apartments was the site of two robberies last week, and both victims were teens.

June 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 24

o April Pettit. First degree forgery, 10 years probation, 90 days in jail, $1,000. Misdemeanor escape, 12 months probation, $500.

June 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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