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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 22, 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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Linda Hayden to retire

Newton County schools have announced that Linda Hayden, associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, will retire, effective June 30.

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for simple battery

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested New Year's Eve and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act.

January 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


What's next in 2011

Welcome to 2011.

January 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prayer breakfast to be held Friday

Tickets remain for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout demystifies wetlands pier

Nic Walter has unraveled the mysteries surrounding the pier next to Covington City Hall, and he's sharing that knowledge with others.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for child molestation

A 50-year-old Newton County man has been charged with child molestation, just six months after his arrest for family violence.

December 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tourism spending down

Like the rest of the economy, tourism was down in Newton County in 2009, but visitors still spent an estimated $72.75 million with local merchants.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Medical earns honors

Pulmonary service and gastrointestinal medical treatment at Newton Medical Center have earned Top 10 rankings from HealthGrades.

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rams win, move into tourney final

Two games up, two games down. One more to go.

December 30, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Tickets remain for prayer breakfast

Tickets remain for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 7, at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dealing with dementia

Kathy Fowler knew something was wrong after her husband, Philip, had quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2003.

December 29, 2010 | By DiAnn Wheeler Special to The Covington News | LOCAL


Music, testifying and biscuits for New Year's

You can ring in the new year at Calvary Community Church in Conyers.

December 29, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Paper editions combine for New Year's

The Covington News will ring in the new year with a combined edition.

We're producing a newspaper that will come out New Year's Day (Saturday), a combination of your Friday and Sunday editions.

December 29, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Looking back: Our most-viewed stories

Newton County experienced much in 2010, from unemployment and recession to robberies and wrecks. According to CovNews.com, the top 10 stories of 2010 have been read by a combined 102,286 readers. Here's a look at the most-read stories for the year:

December 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale hydro plant to reopen in 2011

Some $1 million in repairs have been completed on Porterdale's hydroelectric plant, and it should begin supplying the city with power by February.

December 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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