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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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Water authority looks into rail line

The 16-miles of Norfolk Southern railroad in Newton County could be a potential corridor for a water main to transport water from the planned Bear Creek Reservoir, but the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority needs more information before it can make a final call.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Officials discuss Walker’s Bend center

Dozens of city and county officials met Wednesday to discuss a potential mixed-used residential apartment, business incubator building in the Walker's Bend neighborhood in Covington, and officials seemed generally in favor.

April 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Trading Spaces

"Trading Spaces on the Square in Covington is no flea market. Owner Heather Lewis, with a penchant for interior design, brings a warm, decorative style to the antiques sold at the store.

March 31, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


ICON Aircraft could locate plant in Covington

The light sport aircraft maker considering Covington for a manufacturing plant has been identified as ICON Aircraft, a Los-Angeles based start-up company founded by a former pilot and engineer.

March 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper guilty on all counts

Jurors late Thursday ruled 34-year-old Cobey Wade Lakemper guilty on all counts in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

March 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Accident slows traffic on I-20

Traffic shutdown: A wreck involving a tractor-trailer truck and a smaller car brought Interstate 20 westbound at Almon Road to a halt for an hour Thursday afternoon. The wreck occurred at about 1:30 p.m. The driver of the car, seen wedged under the truck above, sustained minor injures. Have a breaking news tip? Email us at news@covnews.com or call the newsroom at (770) 787-6399.

March 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County unemployment rate drops slightly

Newton County's unemployment rate declined slightly, from 12.4 percent in January to 12.1 percent for February, according to information released Thursday from the Georgia Department of Labor.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Sun returns for weekend

If you're tired of clouds and rain, hang in there: Bountiful sun and warmth should arrive for the weekend.

March 31, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tax overhaul stalls

ATLANTA - An overhaul of Georgia taxes has stalled amid objections from Democrats and tea party activists.

They said the plan hikes taxes on the middle class while handing wealthier Georgians a tax break.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Senate panel approves immigration bill

ATLANTA - A Georgia Senate committee on Wednesday approved an altered version of a House bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration but kept intact many provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, but the version that cleared the panel is a hybrid of Ramsey's bill and a similar measure sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming. A House committee on Monday had gutted Murphy's bill and substituted the text of Ramsey's bill.

March 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wife of slain cop: "We wanted forever"

One of the first things Melissa Rutledge noticed about Buddy Christian 18 years ago was his eyes.

March 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser Barrow County News | LOCAL


Newton lags in county health rankings

Newton County is a leader in Georgia in some unfortunate categories when it comes to health: Obesity, smoking, teen birth rate and in the number of sexually transmitted disease cases, according to a health survey released today.

March 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doctors: Lakemper ‘antisocial’

Attorneys spent much of Monday and Tuesday questioning forensic psychiatrists as to whether Cobey Wade Lakemper was mentally ill during his 2005 crime spree as he's claimed.

March 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bats invade foreclosed Atlanta home

ATLANTA - Neighbors living near a bat-infested Georgia home in foreclosure are trying to figure out what to do about the flying mammals.

They say the smell outside is so overwhelming they can't sit on their porches and enjoy the spring weather.

March 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County facing more cuts or taxes

Newton County commissioners are in for another tough budget cycle as they have to decide whether to cut the budget yet again or raise the millage rate, this time above the rollback rate, to account for declining tax revenues.

March 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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