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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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Newton youth want careers, nightlife

Nearly half of people who grow up in Newton County leave after high school, according to a recent online survey conducted by The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

February 11, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Anders named Angler of the Year

After years of near misses, Newton County resident Darrell Anders can finally call himself Angler of the Year. Anders, a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office, took home the top honor for the Metro Atlanta Hawg Hunters bass club after narrowly missing the top spot previously.

February 10, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Snow caps off Weather Awareness Week

Weather awareness week might end today but the precautions needed to ensure safety last all year long.

February 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The best kind of snow: Pretty and gone

The snow Thursday was perfect: It was pretty, off the road and melted quickly. Here are some scenes from around Oxford today. Share your snow pictures. Send to tgiddens@covnews.com

February 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Two boys dead in Lawrenceville home

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two young children were either stabbed or shot to death and a 4-year-old boy was in the hospital Wednesday night after an attack at their home, police said.

A man who is either their father or stepfather also was wounded and in serious condition at a hospital, police said. Police found the bodies of the 1-year-old and 4-year-old in the home and the wounded child was flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told reporters near the scene.

February 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Snow after midnight

There's a 90 percent chance of snow after midnight tonight in Covington, but less than an inch accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford City Clerk retiring

Oxford City Clerk Carol Poole is retiring, effective Feb. 28.

February 09, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Fleming hired by Secretary of State

Tim Fleming knows a thing or two about elections. He won the 2008 race for county commissioner and recently served as campaign manager to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who won his race last year.

February 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Highway memorials possible for fee

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation says it will permit signs along federal and state highways memorializing people killed in traffic accidents.

February 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Small aircraft maker considers Covington

A sporting aircraft manufacturer is considering a site near Covington's airport for a manufacturing plant.

February 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian tunnel closed

The Turner Lake Road pedestrian tunnel is closed as workers reseal and paint its walls. Sealants failed to adhere and paint was peeling so workers had to close the tunnel for sandblasting and reapplications of the materials, said Covington Transportation Manager Billy Skinner. Weather has delayed the work, which was supposed to have been completed by Feb. 4.

February 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


95-year-old rides a Harley for birthday

For her 95th birthday, Wynelle Wyatt didn't want jewelry, or a silk scarf, or anything quiet like that. The only thing she wanted was to ride Harley. And she got her wish.

February 07, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Injustice Served: Remembering Mr. Wright

The story of the 1965 R.L. Cousins team is as compelling if not more than the exploits of the 1964 state champion Rams. But it wouldn't be fair for me to tell it because I wasn't there. But 11 young man and one steady coach were. And so I felt it right to leave the storytelling to team captain Johnny Johnson, who is now a retired teacher and coach himself living in Pennsylvania.

February 07, 2011 | by Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


Sometimes righting a wrong takes longer than it should

In 1964, Covington residents embraced Ron Bradley and his freshly crowned state champion Newton County basketball team. Droves of Newton County residents poured out to honor him and the team on the square downtown. The team was showered with love and Bradley was presented with a brand new Plymouth station wagon. He and the Rams were on top of the world.

February 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wright was a beacon of light at a tumultuous time

On Tuesday, February 2, an icon of Newton County and a bulwark of Covington's African American community was laid to rest. Henry James Wright, III, Coach Wright, as he was affectionately called by all of those who had witnessed that contagious smile, felt the love and discipline that signaled that he truly cared and listened to his words of encouragement and followed the direction in which he attempted to channel each one of us is now departed. As a star passes out of our sight but it presence is indelible written in our memories.

February 07, 2011 | By Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


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