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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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Tornado watch in effect through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Newton County, Rockdale County and much of north Georgia through 8 p.m.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn states intent to buy railroad

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Monday to state Newborn's "strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way (for) Rails to Trails in Newton County."

February 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County discusses reduced budget, employee morale

Not only will Newton County's property tax digest decline next year, but the board of commissioners won't even know exactly how much until July 1.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thief tries to give employees the slip

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to shoplift from Rite-Aid.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adult threatens child on Facebook

Officers were called to a home on Crestview Drive to speak with a mother whose 11-year-old child was being threatened on Facebook by the father of one of his peers.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police respond to domestic dispute

A former couple was issued citations Saturday morning after a loud fight over a former elicit relationship disturbed neighbors in her apartment complex.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water authority exploring benefit of railroad corridor

Whenever the county builds Bear Creek Reservoir in the southern part of the county, it will have to build the water infrastructure to pump that water to the rest of the county.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jackie Mattison blazed a cheerful trail

In 1975, the student body at the University of Georgia looked nothing like it does today. It was almost exclusively white. And while things have changed over the years, whites still make up the majority.

February 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Rocky Creek Nursery

Rocky Creek Nursery, located in Newborn, has struggled to maintain its operations due to the current economic climate. The farm specializes in conventional landscaping trees, with 35 varieties like maples, oaks, hollies, magnolias and crape myrtles.

February 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton - Meet the winners

Little Mister Newton County, Best Boy Talent winner

February 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested for pulling gun on woman

Officers were called to a home late Tuesday evening after a woman called and told them that Willie Adam Blackwell, 20, had been at her home and had pulled a gun on her.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School board takes straw poll on budget cuts

Newton County School Board members in non-binding votes indicated their approval on Friday to a seven-period school day for high schools next year, and to contract out with a private firm, Ombudsman, for alternative school services.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paper-filled truck catches fire

A tractor trailer truck carrying a load of paper caught fire Friday morning on Ga. Highway 20 near the intersection with Brown Bridge Road.

February 25, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Levins named to leadership academy

Assistant District Attorney Buck Levins will participate in the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership of the State Bar of Georgia, a competitive program that helps young attorneys hone leadership skills.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officers take “plunge” to kick off Special Olympics fundraising

Law enforcement agencies around the state raised $800 to kick off their annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics with a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Lake Lanier.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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