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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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Tommy Hailey, Bethlehem Baptist honored

For the 26th year, Newton County residents and officials gathered Sunday to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating two longtime county servants who help keep his spirit alive.

January 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local singer a winner in lottery talent search

The Georgia Lottery has paid off in an unusual way for one Covington-area musician.

January 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shooting looms large as MLK remembered

ATLANTA - The shootings in Arizona loomed large as the nation marked the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, with many speakers drawing on his message of nonviolence as a key lesson in the wake of the tragedy.

January 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Legislators prepare for 2011 session

The start to this year's Georgia General Assembly was intermittent, but Newton County's team of state legislators are already busy, particularly the three freshman who are entering a new arena.

January 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cursive not required in new Georgia standards

ATHENS - Educators say that timeworn tradition of learning to write in cursive may soon disappear from most children's school lesson plans.

January 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Two youths charged after child hit with stick

Two juveniles were charged with battery Friday after reportedly attacking another juvenile with a stick.

January 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Family Y holds open house

Shaping up: Residents resolved to live healthier in 2011 attended the Covington Family Y's open house Saturday, where instructors helped them meet their fitness goals. From 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., residents toured the Y, used its exercise equipment and participated in a group exercise class. The Y is at 2140 Newton Drive. Classes were offered on the hour and included Zumba, BodyPump, yoga, pilates and cycling. Drawings were held for three-month memberships. See cvy.ymcaatlanta.org or call (770) 787-3908 for more information or to see a schedule of the exercise classes.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young hunters take on skills challenge

Young hunters from across the state gathered at the Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center in Mansfield on Saturday to participate in the annual Hunter Education Skills Challenge event.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jury duty “an important responsibility”

As the year begins, so do trials in the Newton County Judicial System. And although many cases can be handled without one, the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution guarantees everyone the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.

January 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Celebration to honor MLK

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County aims to help underinsured

Newton County officials believe they could receive federal stimulus money to open a health center in the county that would be able to more efficiently serve residents who have Medicaid or are uninsured.

January 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools must reschedule games

Last week's winter storm caused havoc throughout Newton County. It has also put the county's basketball teams in a situation where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Alcovy and Newton.

January 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


MLK celebration Sunday

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y to hold open house Saturday

If you've been cooped up all week by the ice and cold, the Covington Family Y is staging an open house on Saturday that can help you get moving again.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer winter prediction falls flat

Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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