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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Our thoughts... The Irish

Top of the morning to you. Today is St. Patrick's Day, a day celebrated in the name of the patron saint of Ireland.

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Off to see the wizard

Not in Covington any more: Dorothy doesn't know it yet, but this week she'll be leaving Newton County for a timeless adventure in the land called Oz. The Arts Association in Newton County will be sponsoring 'The Wizard of Oz' Thursday night and Friday night at 7 p.m. and will be performing the show on Sunday at 3 p.m. The show will be held at Porter Hall at Newton High School. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students aged 18 and under.

March 17, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


R.L. Cousins High School Alumni Association newly formed

Robert L. Cousins High School only existed for 13 years, but the lasting impression it left on Covington's black community will last a lifetime.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Townhomes of dreams

Lakisha Johnson was moving backwards and grasping for something, anything to hold onto. Several years ago life had seemed so bright - she'd been in a relationship and had just bought her own house.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Off to the Races

Hand carved cars:

March 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Couple argues in Waffle House; man has to be tased back in hotel

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to Waffle House where a woman reportedly told them her boyfriend had hit her so hard that he had splattered blood all over their room at America's Best Value Inn.

March 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Airport has problem with fuel supplies

Construction delays and service issues continue to cause problems at the Covington Municipal Airport, including the inability for some planes to take off because of a lack of fuel.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Agriculture Week spotlights contributions farming makes to Georgia March 14-20

Georgia farmers not only grow our food and clothes but they also make a significant contribution to the state's economy. According to the USDA, there are almost 48,000 farms in Georgia that produce annual sales of more than $1,000 with an average farm size of 212 acres. Georgia has 10.5 million acres of farmland.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton recognized for its abundant resources

Newton County's residents have long felt their home was full of gems, and it appears the entire region agrees.

March 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stopped cold

DULUTH - Newton needed to do everything it could and then some to beat Milton in the state semifinals at the Gwinnett Arena Thursday. But when you're playing a more talented team and it plays perhaps its best game of the season, there isn't much you can do. And so it went for the Rams who saw their dream season come to and end with an 86-54 defeat.

March 12, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


All aboard the Art Camp train

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates for Summer Art Camp. Session I will be held June 14 – 17, and Session II will be held July 12 – 15. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed in fire March 5th

Johnny Allen Smith, 64, was killed March 5, when his Capes Drive residence caught on fire.

March 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVest in the NCSO - March 12

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle land could be de-annexed

Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) has stated that he is planning on introducing legislation to the state house that would de-annex one or several pieces of property from the city of Social Circle.

March 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Scouts plant tree on square to honor BSA centennial

Monday afternoon several Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts gathered on the square with their families to plant and dedicate a tree marking the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America as well as a symbol of the Scouts' continuing journey.

March 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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