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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

Redskins on warpath for State Title

The Social Circle High School Varsity Wrestling team coached by Randy Prater is on the warpath for a state title this year. The Redskins have five returning state placers on the team from last year's lineup. Senior Aaron Forrester (3X state placer) finishing third last year at 152, Junior Reid Harris (2X state placer) finished second at 120, Junior David Engstrom placed third at 145, Sophomore Stevie Howard third at 113, and Sophomore Cade Lackey returning State Champion at 132. You would think that Social Circle would be down this year after graduating 10 seniors last year (which included ...

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | Social Circle

Why Thanksgiving?

Is our national observance of Thanksgiving a religious holiday? Where is it mostly celebrated? When did it start? What are some of the ways we observe Thanksgiving?

November 22, 2014 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIFE

Cooking with Melanie: Sweet Potato cobbler

"My Daddy loved his Grandmother's sweet potato cobbler. He mentioned many times how he would love to have one like she made. So my sister Emily and I set out to make it for him! After researching recipes, calculating ingredients, and many trials we finally came up with a recipe for Sweet Potato Cobbler. My Daddy was so excited and he loves our cobbler. Even though I never met my Great- Grandmother Smith, it is really cool to bring back and share her memories with my Daddy.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LIFE

Get to know your family history this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas arrived in Covington on Thursday (with the lighting of the Square) but still… let's not forget about Thanksgiving! This is one of my favorite holidays.

November 22, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health

A reason to be thankful

This is the time of year that should be devoted to peace and joy but is really a time of major stress for many people. It is a time, unfortunately, when folks suffer major heart problems.

November 22, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION

Questions of character

Beverly Gage, a Yale historian, was researching a biography of J. Edgar Hoover in the National Archives when she came across the infamous letter the FBI had written to Martin Luther King Jr., outlining in the crudest form his extramarital escapades and suggesting, King concluded, that he kill himself: "There is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is." King did nothing, but the FBI acted. It leaked its dirt to the press.

November 22, 2014 | Richard Cohen | Columnists

Thanks and giving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A chance to be grateful instead of focusing on gift-giving and gift-receiving. Family, friends, bountiful feasts and football are at the forefront of our minds rather than cocktail parties and gifts. Think of it as a time to pause and give thanks before the whirlwind of December.

November 22, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman | Columnists

Who's next?

They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.

November 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

Athletes of the week: 11/17

Romario Johnson, Kiara Bagby and Carlos Huggins and Arthur Holmes have been named the Newton, Alcovy and Eastside athletes of the week respectively.

November 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

#FanPhotoOfTheWeek

Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.

November 22, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton

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

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Special events public drinking ordinance fails

The Porterdale City Council voted against an ordinance at a special called meeting Thursday that would have allowed restaurants with city serving permits to serve alcoholic beverages in publicly designated areas during city-sponsored festivals and events.

July 01, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | Porterdale

Early voting begins for Aug. 10 runoff

Early voting has started for the Aug. 10 runoff election and will last until Friday at 5 p.m. Registered voters can vote at the Board of Elections located on the first floor of the Newton County Administration Building at 1113 Usher St.

July 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Part of Covington named Opportunity Zone

Business owners in Covington's downtown business district and Washington Street commercial corridor will be able to save on their income taxes if they hire two or more workers, and follow a few other steps.

Those two sections of town were recently named opportunity zones by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, according to a June 29 letter addressed to Mayor Kim Carter.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington

Turner Lake facility to remain open on Saturday; fees will increase

A variety of recreation fees, including those for youth sports, will be increasing July 1, but Turner Lake Complex will remain open on Saturdays, the recreation commission board of directors officially decided Monday. (For a full list of fee changes download and view the document attached to this article.)

The commission had discussed the several changes at a June 2 called meeting as it sought ways to cover a $154,870 budget deficit for FY2011. The budget approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners resulted in a $94,870 cut to the commission's appropriations, on top of an ...

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Allie Parish

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

BOC candidates give background at Monday forum

Newton County voters got their first public opportunity Monday night to hear from candidates for the Newton County Board of Commissioners at a forum hosted by Smart Growth Newton County.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

High schoolers gain hands-on training with SCRUBS program

This week, junior and seniors in high school began a three-week Newton Medical junior volunteer program that enables students to explore their interests in the medical field.

June 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Education

29 employees laid off due to county budget

The new, leaned down structure of Newton County is beginning to take shape, as 29 county employees were laid off, including three prominent department heads.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Listen to Ken Wynne's Full Speech

Members of the Newton County District Attorney's office filed out of the courthouse Tuesday morning, as they prepared to travel to Atlanta to see their long-time leader and friend, Ken Wynne, officially sworn in as judge.

June 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Oxford adopts rollback rate

The Oxford City Council has decided they will not raise taxes and has elected to go with a rollback rate, which has increased the millage rate, but will ultimately cost homeowners less money due to a decrease in property values.

June 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Oxford

Supporter Spotlight: Cowboy's BBQ

Steve and Vicki Deal were products of the economy. Like so many others in the country, they found themselves without jobs after years of hard work. However, the couple decided to take matters into their own hands and started their own barbecue restaurant in Social Circle.

June 30, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | Business

Education system needs some work

Of some 15,000 school systems in the United States only one has lost accreditation in the past four decades. In August 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools denied accreditation to Clayton County.

June 30, 2010 | Dick Yarbrough | Columnists

Letter to the editor... Front page not-news

Dear Editor: The Covington News must be in dire straits to have to resort to the front page headline of June 25, Friday. Sex with a horse? What's a parent to say when an 8-year-old asks, "What's beastiality?" This article, if it had to be published, could have been hidden in the back pages. Better still only in the arrest logs where it belongs. In the words of the famous Travis Tritt, "Here's a quarter, call someone who cares."

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

Red, white and blue weekend

This 4th of July, there will be celebrations all-around the Newton County area, including:

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Letter to the editor... What is news?

Dear Editor: Josh Briggs' column in Sunday's paper was obviously prompted by protests over Friday's headline story. And while it may be news, to have it the lead story in prominent font makes the News look like the National Inquirer. The Citizen did a tasteful low key story on the subject, while yours looked like sensationalism. And while most 6-year-olds do not read the paper, children just a few years older do and this one would be especially difficult to miss the way it was emblazoned across the top of the first page. Had the second headline been ...

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Letters

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