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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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Gas prices, weather, improve for Memorial Day weekend

Some residents may be worried that gas prices and the current trend of bad weather could hinder their Memorial Day weekend plans of travel and outdoor fun.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County millage hike would save 52 jobs

Without a millage rate increase, Newton County would have to cut 52 employees, Chairman Kathy Morgan told the board of commissioners Thursday.

May 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle Lions raise $12K

On a hot day in June 1998, June 8 to be exact, Phil Peppers and a group of regular friends were enjoying the day doing what they did almost daily, playing golf at The Creek at Hard Labor. Peppers, a retired City of Atlanta police officer, had been a fixture in Social Circle, the Lions Club and had just recently been elected on the city council.

May 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


I-20 westbound traffic backed up starting at Sigman Road

(May 28, 3 p.m.) Traffic is backed up on Interstate-20 westbound from near the exit at Sigman Road until past the exit at Ga. Highway 138, as of 3 p.m. Drivers are advised to temporarily find alternate routes.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol tips for holiday weekend

Plan carefully, use caution, and buckle up are the recommendations from the Georgia State Patrol for a safe Memorial Day holiday weekend. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend ends at midnight May 30. Hitchens said traffic will be heavy throughout the weekend as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travel will add to normal weekend traffic. "We anticipate a busy weekend on Georgia roads," he said.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Search on for convenience store bandits

Investigators with the Newton Sheriff's Office are searching for two men who they say were involved in an armed robbery this morning.

May 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle preps for SPLOST

Social Circle is prepared to allocate its $3.1 million share of Walton County's proposed $60 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

May 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hitting the road? Fill up before you go

If you're ready to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend, you may want to fill up before you leave Newton County.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Porterdale water, sewer rates to rise

Water and sewer rates are going up in Porterdale beginning July 1 to compensate for an increase in rates charged to the city by Newton County.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Three killed by falling trees in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA- Authorities say storms blowing through metro Atlanta toppled trees, killing at least three people and knocked out power to about 200,000 customers statewide.

May 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Porterdale Explorers looking for recruits

Porterdale youth have an opportunity to receive a jumpstart on a career path in law enforcement.

May 27, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Pantries struggling to keep shelves stocked

As summer begins, Newton County food pantries are struggling to keep shelves full to provide for families in need.

May 26, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for north central Newton County and central Walton County until 7:15 p.m.

May 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


"American Pie" sequel to film at Newton High

Newton County continues to attract movies, as "American Reunion," the fourth installment of the "American Pie" movie series, is scheduled film at Newton High School July 5 through July 20.

May 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale work session tonight

Porterdale City Council will meet in a called work session at 6:30 p.m. today in City Hall.

May 26, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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