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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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Five years later, Lakemper still awaits trial

On Aug. 3, 2005, Cobey Wade Lakemper allegedly began a violent multi-state crime spree that would ultimately end the lives of three people. Five years later, he is still in the Newton County Detention Center and has yet to face trial on any of the charges against him.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Railroad stop signs leave drivers cross

Stop signs are necessary to keep drivers safe, but when those stop signs are located at railroad crossings that haven't seen a train pass by for around a year, they turn into a nuisance for some drivers.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


25 years of excellence: CPD celebrates quarter century of international accreditation

For a quarter of a century the Covington Police Department has earned international accreditation, the first law enforcement agency in the state to earn that title and the tenth in the nation.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for suspects in ATM heist

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are asking for tips from the public to catch the thieves responsible for stealing an ATM machine from United Community Bank early Sunday morning.

According to CPD Lt. Paul Dailey, an officer responded to a burglary alarm on the ATM at the bank, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road. When he arrived, he immediately noticed a large blue forklift sitting in front of where the ATM would be. There was glass scattered around the area and the forklift was still turned on. The cameras were spray painted and the ATM machine was ...

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man wanted for assault and armed robbery located in Newton County

A man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in Cornelia on July 22 was arrested in Newton County yesterday.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


PSC runoff candidates square off

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Public Service Commission Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. The Patriots Table, a local conservative advocate group, hosted a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum Monday night at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive. Candidates answered questions submitted by audience members via note cards.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Local students discuss teen issues at WSCC; listen to former NFL player

Area teens met at the Washington Street Community Center Saturday for a Teen Summit to discuss a variety of teen issues and to learn about entrepreneurship from former NFL player and McDonald's franchise owner Van Jakes.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC opposes by-the-drink alcohol sales

There will not be an alcohol by the drink referendum on this year's Nov. 2 General Election ballot in Newton County, as the Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution Tuesday night that would have put the issue to a public vote.

District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz made a motion to approve the resolution and was supported by District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, but commissioners Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Earnest Simmons voted against the resolution.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dixie Boys World Series to return in 2012

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012 and will bring several hundred teen baseball players with it.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dirty dancing leads to dirty fighting

Alleged unwanted advances on the dance floor led to a brawl early Sunday morning at The Depot, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local author to address aspiring writers

Former teacher and now local author and publisher Brian L. Thompson will be back at his old teaching grounds today at Newton High School to promote the upcoming release of his first novel "The Lost Testament." The book signing and reception will be held in the school's media center from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


World traveler

Away in Australia: Thanks to the community support, Natalyn Crockett is now a certified People to People Ambassador Program world traveler. Natalyn and the other ambassadors met students and exchanged their souvenirs that represented each of their countries. Natalyn and her family want to thank publicly every citizen in the Covington and Conyers area who selflessly contributed money and prayed that she would be able to go Down Under. "I appreciate everyone's help to make it possible for me to go," Natalyn said.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City approves first reading of bow hunting ordinance

Bow hunting is one step closer to being allowed in unoccupied areas within the Covington city limits after the Covington City Council approved the first reading Monday night.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public Service Commission runoff forum tonight

The local conservative advocate group, Patriots Table, is hosting a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive.

Local State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. Echols garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 35.1 percent, while Douglas captured 27.6 percent of the statewide vote, but received a 56.2 percent ...

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton wins bid for 2012 Dixie Boys World Series

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012. Dixie Baseball selected the Newton County Recreation Commission to host the regional tournament, marking the fifth time the county has entered a winning host bid.

The recreation commission previously hosted the Dixie Boys World Series in 1993, 1997 and 2008 and hosted a Junior Boys World Series in 2002.

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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