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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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County discusses SPLOST road projects

The county has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, making it a challenge to choose only $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dorothy Piedrahita talks black history

Dorothy Piedrahita, a 64-year-old Covington resident who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the start of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and who became the first black woman to run for mayor of Montgomery, will speak for free at the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

February 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pageant celebrates 50 years

A half-century of cuteness will be celebrated on Saturday at the 50th Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Melvin Baker has strong roots

Family and community are watchwords for Melvin O'Neal Baker.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Pete the bloodhound finds toddler

Pete the bloodhound was able to track down and find a missing toddler in woods near the Yellow River in southern Newton County on Friday.

February 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Man accused of killing sons had past arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of stabbing two of his sons to death and injuring another at their home near Lawrenceville had a history of minor brushes with the law.

February 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


T.K. and Louise Adams talk history

In 1960, the University of Georgia denied admittance to T.K. Adams, because he was black. Five decades later, his son Timothy K. Adams Jr. is now a music professor with tenure. For T.K., his family's shared history with the school is a pretty good summary of black history.

February 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DA's office welcomes new assistant

The Newton County District Attorney's Office recently welcomed a new assistant district attorney, hired to lead the prosecution of cases of child abuse, felony sexual assault cases against adults and crimes against the elderly.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Briefs

Charles Leslie Skrobot announced that he was ready for trial in Newton County Superior Court Thursday, on charges that he molested a 4-year-old girl late last year.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 SPLOST road projects to be discussed Tuesday night

The county will discuss Tuesday which road projects could be completed if the 2011 SPLOST is passed by voters.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ex-Covington councilwoman Goss dies

Many of Covington's hair dressers and beauticians owe their start to Bertha Goss, the longtime owner of Bertha's Beauty Lounge who dedicated her life to training and inspiring young people.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rep. Woodall visitis local radiation therapy centers

U.S. District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall (R) recently toured Radiotherapy Centers of Georgia-Newton County to meet with physicians, care specialists, patients and family members and learn more about radiation therapy offerings in the area.

February 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff honors life savers, top officers

Sheriff Ezell Brown honored several of his officers Friday for saving the lives of citizens or demonstrating exemplary job performance.

February 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Name that school

The new elementary school on Airport Road is in need of a name and the Newton County School System wants your help in coming up with one.

February 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas leak leads to business evacuations in Rockdale County

A gas leak forced evacuation of businesses near Ga. Highway 138 and Flat Shoals Road Friday morning.

February 11, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


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