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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Reducing household energy costs

The Covington Redevelopment Authority, in support of the Partnership for Community Action, is committed to ensuring that Newton County residents are aware of the PCA Weatherization Program.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local restaurants pool for InVEST fund

Local restaurant owners are inviting businesses and individuals from across the county to join them in collecting the remaining $35,000 to reach the $113,000 goal of the InVEST in the NCSO campaign.

February 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A heart for the arts

Masterpieces: Southern Heartland Arts Inc. held the annual fundraiser for visual art classes and camps at the event facility at Porterdale Mill Lofts Feb. 6. The event was sponsored by United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialist Inc., with entertainment provided by table sponsors made up of local businesses and individuals. After a social hour and prime rib dinner provided by Stalvey's Catering, guests enjoyed a lively auction for vacation getaways, including a four-night stay in Branson, Mo., rounds of golf at premiere golf locations and specialty dinners. The silent auction of art, provided by members of Southern Heartland Art ...

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3.5 inches of snow falls, but little damage

Most residents were able to enjoy the blanket of white that covered Newton County Friday, because although the flakes were large, the effects were thankfully mild.

February 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snowy Newton

Let it snow! Are you enjoying the snow as much as The Covington News? Show us! Upload your photos of snow by clicking here and creating your own album. You can also send your favorites with a brief description to bthomas@covnews.com for a chance to get them published in the Friday Scrapbook section every week!

February 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Valentine’s fundraiser to be a heart-warming event

For many people, Valentine's Day is a day for love. It's usually a day to just be with those you love and shower them with gifts.

However, this Valentine's Day for Minister Margie Miller and New Hope Baptist Church will be an opportunity to raise awareness and provide a fighting chance for life.

February 12, 2010 | By Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Winter storm warning in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday

 The national weather service in Peachtree City has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow, which is in effect until 4 a.m. Saturday. The winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

The storm system responsible for the winter weather is tracking across the northern Gulf of Mexico and continues to increase in intensity. Snowfall will continue across much of north and central Georgia through the afternoon and into the evening. Roadways across the area are becoming slick and hazardous and conditions are expected to deteriorate as temperatures fall.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Through the eyes of the community: A colorful sunrise fills the sky over Brown Bridge Road. Colorful trees accent the lake on Drypond Road. Photographer Heather Barrett find and photographs beautiful nature scenes. A neighbor's cat hides behind a bush before being shooed away.

February 12, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


100 percent chance of snow Friday

The National Weather service is predicting an 100 percent chance of snow Friday with temperatures in the upper 20s. Light snow is expected at daybreak, followed by heavier snow later in the day. A new snow accumulation of one to two inches is possible.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County Water Resources cited by EPD

When the water conservation practices of recent years met the deluge of rainfall in the last few months, the water treatment process was caught in the middle.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrating all Local Artists!

The Arts Association in Newton County welcomes all local artists/musicians to share information about your specific artistic genre or area of interest in the performing or fine arts. As the umbrella organization of the arts, AANC attempt to assist local artists in promoting their art form, serving as a gateway for aspiring or established artists to share their talents with the community. By helping organizations and individuals looking for artists, the Arts Association may bring these needs together for the benefit of community members and patrons as well as artists. If you are interested in sharing your information, please ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man of Valor

A rare kind of hero: Newton County Firefighter Paul Douglas received an award for valor from Liberty Mutual Thursday afternoon for his valiant effort to save the life of a Newton County man. Douglas went into a burning home by himself the night of Sept. 8 and was able to rescue a man from the flames, although that man later died, Douglas' fast thinking and bravery allowed him to "live another day," according to Chief Mike Satterfield. Douglas is only the second in the state to receive this award.

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Feb. 12

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha 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 c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solar power to come to Covington

Solar power is coming to Covington, as property owners in Clark's Grove were awarded a $250,000 grant this week to install solar panels on their commercial buildings.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hambrick captured, charged with murder

The search for Brandon Hambrick is over. The 18-year-old who was wanted in connection of the murder of 44-year-old Alvin Hall, whose charred remains were found in a burning car on McGiboney Lane New Year's Eve, was located and charged with murder.

Hall was last seen alive earlier that evening in the area of Empire Park in Atlanta. He was a employee of the city of Atlanta and had a family. He had not yet been reported missing.

February 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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