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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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Rotary up to bat

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Mainstream Dance visits Porterdale Elementary

Keep the beat: Dancers from Mainstream Dance visited Porterdale Elementary Thursday afternoon. The dances demonstrated for the students included samples from The Nutcracker Ballet, a solo and a jazz routine. Students also got a chance to learn a few ballet terms and positions. Check mainstreamdance.com to learn how you can get involved in local performances, including The Little Mermaid, which will be performed in the spring.

December 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hometown holiday cocoa

Braving the cold: Sarai Baker enjoyed a steaming cup of hot cocoa and marshmallows in the festive Covington News store on the square Thursday evening. The Hometown Holiday Celebration, a Mainstreet Covington event to promote holiday shopping and festivities on the square, happens every Thursday evening and includes caroling, horse and carriage rides and extended shopping hours.

December 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Commissioners split on SPLOST

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's $57.6 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax proposal is expected to gain formal approval of the commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teens arrested for sex acts on school bus

Two Newton County high school students are facing several serious charges after reportedly having sexual contact with a female student on a school bus in late November.

December 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


UPDATE: County SPLOST list not changed

County Commissioner Mort Ewing's original 2011, $57.6 million SPLOST proposal is expected to be the final list presented to voters at the March 15 special election.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch for a wintry mix this evening

There may be some sleet and snowflakes mixed in with rain this afternoon on your way home this evening.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL




Mansfield prepares 2011 budget

The Mansfield City Council is expected to pass its $1.22 million 2011 budget at its Jan. 3 meeting.

December 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


School board scheduled to meet tonight

The Newton County Board of Education will meet at 7 tonight for a combined work session/meeting.

December 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in robbery faced many previous charges

An alleged would-be robber shot and killed on Saturday in a grocery store parking lot had rotated in and out of Rockdale County jail for nearly a decade on charges ranging from simple battery to posession and selling of drugs.

December 14, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


At home with the Hodges

Who: Bill and Sue Hodges; Tootles the cat

December 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Six Generations

A local family recently welcomed their sixth generation into the world.

December 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cold fronts interrupting warmer, drier winter

With low temperatures set to dip into the teens tonight and Monday, Newton County residents are eager for climatologists predictions of a warmer than average winter to come true.

December 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘Money Mont’ sentenced to life in prison

Ricky Lamont "Money Mont" Matthews was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the 2009 death of Calvin Kentrell Banks.

December 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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