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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Aug. 10

1. Avoid the ATM- You'll save yourself those inflated fees and you'll spend less money too.

August 07, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Downtown events cost city $19,000

Street closures and detours for downtown events have cost the city nearly $19,000 since September, according to a report from Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Residents, businesses vexed by ‘Diaries’

Local residents and business owners are voicing concerns to the Covington City Council over the filming of "The Vampire Diaries," saying the crew has taken over the streets and is displaying rude behavior.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Two arrested for Taco Bell brawl

A racial tirade directed at Taco Bell employees ended with one woman arrested for DUI and another for battery Thursday evening.

August 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


OSHA cites Georgia company after trench collapse

ATLANTA - Federal officials say they found that a Georgia firm violated safety regulations after a Covington man died when a trench collapsed at a subdivision in Cumming.

August 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Boo Hoo Breakfast

Kindergartners and their parents were invited to attend a "Boo Hoo Breakfast" at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett yesterday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners approve grant applications

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a number of grant applications on Aug. 2 to help organizations continue its services for the citizens of Newton County.

August 05, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


‘I didn’t hit you, you hit the bat’

A warrant has been issued for a Covington man who reportedly pushed his roommate into a baseball bat over money for utilities.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One burgler captured, one on the run

A would-be burglar was arrested outside Johnson's Supermarket after a neighbor called police when they heard a loud banging noise early Tuesday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST projects discussed at meeting

The county commissioners met Monday night to discuss the 2005 and 2011 SPLOST projects.

August 04, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


A man turns himself in after accidentally shooting wife in the hand

Gary Lee Hunt, 47, and his wife had been drinking Friday evening when Hunt decided to show his wife his gun. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, he was trying to show his wife how to shoot his gun.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 3

Reader Greg Dennington submitted this photo of a pole in Porterdale on Broad Street.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in drunken fight

Warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Nelson Callahan on charges of battery after a drunken fight at the Ozone Saturday night.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding woman caught with marijuana and gun

A woman stopped for driving too fast ended up charged with firearm and drug possession as well Sunday afternoon.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia booster seat law changes

Changes to the state's booster seat law affect all children under the age of 8 and can result in significant penalties for adults if not followed.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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