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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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Artful Harvest awards ceremony is Thursday

Southern Heartland Arts Inc.'s annual "Artful Harvest" gallery event is running now through Sept. 29 at the Covington branch of the Newton County Library.

September 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Four people killed in weekend accidents

Four area residents, including one Covington woman, were killed in three separate accidents this weekend in Newton and Walton counties.

September 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County remembers 9/11

At Sunday morning's 9/11 remembrance, Newton County leaders expressed sadness and were solemn, but they also asked residents to not lose hope in their fellow man and what can be accomplished when working together.

September 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


28th Annual Fuzz Run

The 28th annual 5K Fuzz Run and Fun Run kicked off this morning in downtown Covington. The race is used to raise funds to support the Police Who Care Fund. To see the amount raised and to see who won in each division, check back to www.covnews.com.

September 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


House on Kirk Street robbed

A home on Kirk Street was robbed of several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and property while the owners were at church Tuesday afternoon.

September 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Write-in candidate for Covington mayor

The Rev. James T. Walden will be a write-in candidate for the Covington mayor seat.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council divided on city charter update

The city charter was originally written in 1962 and council members agree it needs to be updated; they can't just agree on how.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9/11 remembrance Sunday at courthouse

Newton County's official remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30a.m. Sunday in front of the Historic Courthouse.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Literacy Festival scheduled for Saturday

For the ninth year Covington will set aside a time to promote and celebrate reading and the written word, with the annual Literacy Festival on the square.

September 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sandhill-Texas Alley hosting reunion

Current and former residents of Sandhill and Texas Alley take a lot of pride in their neighborhoods as evidenced by the more than 500 people expected to attend a reunion celebration Saturday.

September 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man killed in crash

Richard Arthur Swift, 24, was killed Thursday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle.

September 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County gets free used van, buses

The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.

September 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting two boys

A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman slaps other’s false teeth out

An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.

Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mother swipes beers with child in tow

A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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