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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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Sheriff studies policing in Israel

After two weeks in Israel, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has come home not only with new ideas for the county, but with a new sense of peace.

July 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Airport Road construction starts Monday

Newton County will begin work on Airport Road Monday after receiving a permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation Thursday.

July 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Film makes for wizardly weekend

Thursday night's midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was bittersweet for my Littles and me. Surrounded by hundreds of fans dressed in tribute of their favorite boy wizard, we watched the very last installment of the Harry Potter stories hit the big screen and carry us on a ride we already knew by heart, but didn't chance even a blink for fear of missing something. That something is a magic that transcends both the screen and the page.

July 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Your Saturday briefing

Good morning:

July 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Woman arrested for beating her husband

A night out ended in an arrest after a woman allegedly assaulted her husband because he wouldn't let her drink and drive.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One arrested in ATM heist

One man has been arrested and charged with the theft of the ATM from Essex Bank early Wednesday.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Be on the lookout for trucks with fuel tanks

Detectives with the Covington Police Department are asking for help in their search for thieves who took diesel fuel in the past two weeks.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Garden of the week

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season: He and his wife have a massive garden in Oxford where they grow everything they need. See the full version of this story in Sunday's edition of The News.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 15

Janelle J. Steele, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, theft by shoplifting. Reset for July 14.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Host families wanted for exchange students

Want to share your home with an exchange student?

July 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dispute ends with BB gun shooting

An argument between two Newton County teens ended Wednesday evening with one shooting the other 10 times with a BB gun.

July 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Violinist adds to experience at Salem

Jackson Ramsey this week returned to Salem Campmeeting for the first time since he was 4 years old. Now that's he's here, he hopes to come back.

July 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, then cooler in Newton

A bit of respite from the heat is on the way.

July 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Newton All-Stars win state title

The 13-under Newton County All-Star captured the Junior Dixie Boys state title Tuesday with a 23-9 win over West Georgia White in Columbus and will represent Georgia in the Dixie Boys World Series. Newton County won its opening games 10-9 and 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday respectively in the double-elimination tournament.

July 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Woman gives false report for a ride

Deputies called to a home for an assault with a weapon found only an intoxicated woman who wanted a ride.

July 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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