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Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


Juvenile problems could lead to curfew

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


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Erratic driver arrested on drug charges

A call regarding an erratic driver on the interstate ended with an arrest on drug charges early Friday morning.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The great outdoors of Newton

You may not know it, but nestled behind the trees and shrubbery on Hazelbrand Road is a Tupelo Gum Swamp and wildlife center that is preserved by the Georgia Wildlife Federation; the Alcovy Conservation Center.

April 11, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Bond denied for man accused of child molestation

Editor's note: Julian Mitchell was found "Not Guilty" by a jury during a trial in January of 2011.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sam, Louly Hay to host 2010 NMC Auxiliary Gala

The home of Sam and Louly Hay, Clark's Grove, will be the venue for the annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary Spring Gala on April 24. The home, at 3184 Clark Street, was built in 1941 by Louly's parents, Robert and Louly Fowler.

Having the gala at this site is particularly meaningful to the Newton Medical Center Auxiliary in the 50th year since the founding of the organization, as Louly Fowler was chosen as the first Auxiliary president. In 1960, the group consisted of 25 women, who had helped with the building of the hospital and its opening in ...

April 09, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries 1st season to end with parade on square

Small towns love their parades, whether those towns are fictional or real. The square will be closed off nearly all day Sunday, as the Vampire-inhabited town of Mystic Falls, Va. hosts its Founder's Day Celebration, complete with an evening fireworks show.

A parade with floats and around 500 extras is expected to start around noon on either the square or Floyd Street, but won't last very long, said a Vampire Diaries crew member. Fireworks are expected to be set off between 9 p.m. and midnight.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Shooting victims identified

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Four arrested in two separate burglaries earlier this week

Four people have been arrested in two separate burglaries, and according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, citizens of the county have been instrumental in apprehending those who authorities believe responsible.

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

A half moon shines down through the Georiga pines.

April 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Crowell Road permanent repair delayed

A section of Crowell Road, between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20, was washed away during September's flooding but temporarily repaired in early November. On Tuesday night, County Engineer Kevin Walter asked the Board of Commissioners to approve the design of a permanent fix; they didn't like the price and voted against the proposal.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two suffer minor injuries in Wednesday morning crash

Traffic on Interstate 20 west was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday morning due to an overturned tractor trailer. The accident occurred at mile marker 99 in Newton County between Hazelbrand Road and Ga. Highway 11 around 7:30 a.m.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for attacking wife with sharp household tool

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home Creekview Boulevard after a call came in that a man was attempting to hit a woman with a chainsaw.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lucky winners

Instruments of success: Alcovy High School Band recently to announced the winners of a recent drawing held to raise money for a field trip to Orlando, Fla., where the band performed. Frank's Restaurant Inc. donated a Sanyo 42" plasma television which was the first prize of the drawing. The winner of the television was Ken Ridling (back right). Winners of Frank's gift certificates were River and Nancy Rutledge (front row) and Laverne Small. Michael Castellana, general manager of Frank's Restaurant, said, "I would like to encourage small businesses and parents to do what they can to help ...

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Step into Spring

The Georgia Wildlife Federation invites families to stroll the trails, boardwalks and gardens at the Alcovy Conservation Center in Covington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Attorney requests dismissal of charges for J.C. Henderson

An attorney for District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson has filed a motion to have the charges of battery against the commissioner dismissed.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Lions Club to host 38th Annual Chicken Barbecue cookout

For nearly four decades the arrival of spring has meant it was almost time for the annual Covington Lions Chicken Barbecue.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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