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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


Amazing Alpacas

Mike and Melissa Hall don't have an ordinary farm. While some people would like to have traditional farm animals like cows and chickens, they choose to have alpacas.

July 31, 2011 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 31

Dennis A. Jones, violation of probation, continued, must have all community service done, proof of enrollment in GED class, probation fees paid.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On Fabulous Mama: Tip of the Week - July 31

Blueberry cobbler is such a yummy summer treat and it can be super easy to make on the cheap when the berries are in season. My Littles and I are big, big fans of blueberry cobbler and I love seeing their stained berry smiles after they gobble up this homemade goodness. I can never decide if I like blueberry cobbler served warm with ice cream or served cold the next day.

July 31, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Wonder of flight worth the wait

As a young boy, Tom Oliver would build model airplanes and dream he was a member of the Flying Tigers, the group of American pilots who aided the Chinese against Japan in World War II.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hazzard County Supports Our Troops

Operation Sandbox dressed up as The Dukes of Hazzard Saturday on the Square to gather supplies to send overseas to our troops. Exact replicas of some famous Dukes vehicles were on site, and participants dressed up as several key characters.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to talk SPLOSTs Monday

County commissioners will discuss how to spend remaining 2005 SPLOST road money and how to allocate future 2011 SPLOST money at a Monday work session at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for running illegal taxi service

Police busted a man running an illegal taxi service early Saturday morning, after receiving several tips from witnesses.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for man-handling girlfriend

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly man-handling his girlfriend Friday night.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals sends out extra checks

Some Snapping Shoals members may have received an extra refund check recently, but the electricity provider is asking members to destroy those checks.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y names volunteer of the year

Longtime Covington Y board member Dalton Knox is the Y's 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tourism increases in 2011

Newton County has been particularly popular in 2011 as more than 9,000 visitors have graced the chamber's welcome center through June.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community outreach donation

The Rev. Clara Lett, founder of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, is shown receiving a check for $500 from Mark Hodges, chairman of the Outreach Committee at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The donation comes from concerts and other special activities the church sponsors to raise funds throughout the year for community outreach.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benefit ride

Five'0 Clock Somewhere recently sponsored a benefit motorcycle ride for Ellis Lunsford, who has a heart condition. Stops included Hwy 142 Bar & Grill in Newborn, Fuzions in Monroe, and "The Depot" in Covington before riders returned to Five'0 Clock for an auction. The event attracted 48 riders, and raised, $5,600.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Argument over man ends in fight with tween

An argument between two women over a man ended with 18-year-old Shameka Shawanna-Nicole Stanley behind bars for fighting with a tween.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Loud music leads to arrest

A Covington man was arrested Sunday evening for underage drinking after an officer stopped his vehicle for loud music.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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