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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 22, 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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Teacher aids breast cancer fight

Cancer has the ability to ruin lives, but the pursuit of a cure has the equal, if not greater, ability to build relationships and show the best in people.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County explores casualty, risk insurance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners have had to make difficult cuts to keep health insurance costs down in recent years, but they turned their eye to the casualty and risk insurance policy they have on their buildings and equipment last week.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


POLL: News stories, forums helpful

So far this campaign season, the Covington elections have seen news stories, in-depth video interviews, a forum, numerous campaign signs and candidates going door to door.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The search for spirits

As Tommy Cook, armed with an electromagnetic field reader and a flashlight, coolly leads a group of paranormal enthusiasts along the dirt road leading to an old church, his daughter Kristen trails behind him, bundled and quivering under the cold drizzle of the October night.

October 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Growing Strong

"We've always tried to make it a family tradition and something different from buying a Christmas tree on the sidewalk somewhere or from a big box store." That's business according to Chuck Berry, whose family has nurtured its Christmas tree sales business on Mount Tabor Road over the last 30 years into a family event.

October 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Musical Young family full of talent

The Youngs are like a lot of families here in Newton County. They like to play video games and go to movies. Of course, spending time with one another is a priority. But unlike most families, mom Chandra Currelley-Young is a professional singer and actress who might be out on tour in Tyler Perry's latest play and dad, Larry Young, is a professional in radio who can be heard on air. When their son, Agape, a senior at Alcovy High School, isn't blowing away the crowd with a trumpet solo during half time shows, he's behind the ...

October 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


‘Take back’ drive collects old medicine

On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the third national Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The Sheriff's Office will be holding the event inside the Wal-mart Supercenter located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E. in Covington. Sheriff's Office personnel with have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused ...

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DEA Atlanta hold its third nationwide prescription drug take-back day

The Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Divisional Office is partnering with national, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, as well as community coalition groups to hold a third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This one-day event will make it convenient for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk man "stalks" store employees

A Newton County man was arrested Monday evening and charged with public drunk after reportedly "stalking" Dollar General employees and acting up in a wing shop.

October 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mall at Stonecrest welcomes 2011 Fall Fair

Let the fun begin! The Mall at Stonecrest presents the Fall Fair at Stonecrest through Nov. 6. Celebrate the Mall at Stonecrest's 10th Anniversary with rides, games, food and family fun. The Fall Fair will feature more than 30 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Lathrio Jackson, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $300. Stay away order.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Syfy show looks for paranormal places

The Syfy Channel's "Haunted Collector" is looking for haunted residences and business to feature on the show's second season, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

October 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minors caught with bolt cutters, machete

A Newton County woman called deputies for help when she noticed a group of elementary-aged children attempting to steal items from her home.

October 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Smallwood running for Mansfield council seat

Mansfield began the election cycle with four contested races, but by the time the election roles around the council post 1 seat is expected to be the only seat with two candidates.

October 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Official trick-or-treating on Monday

Halloween falls on Monday this year and, to answer the annual question, trick-or-treating for Covington and Newton County will take place on Monday.

October 26, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


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