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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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InVest in the NCSO - Nov. 27

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 ...

November 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local cities discuss common problems

On Nov. 13 Newton County's six mayors, including the mayor of Social Circle, met to discuss common issues.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trying to catch up to the growth

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with the county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. For the second edition, Commissioner Earnest Simmons provided a tour of the county's second smallest and fastest growing district.

November 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Forever family

Tina Daniel-Reasey had a lot to be thankful for with two teenage sons, a daughter in college and a supportive husband. There was just one little thing missing, and a year ago that missing piece came home in the form of a bubbly little Chinese girl the Reasey's named Ava.

November 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton woman charged with murder in overdose death of friend

Jennifer Lynn Phelps, 39, was arrested and charged with the murder of 31-year-old Kristen Deanna Williams on Nov. 20.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Twilight star to appear at Mall at Stonecrest

In celebration of the hit book series and enormously successful movie, "Twilight," the Mall at Stonecrest will present an exclusive appearance by Peter Facinelli who portrays Dr. Carlisle Cullen on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at noon. An autograph fee of $25 will be charged to all fans in line. Photos will be included while supplies last. A VIP photo opportunity with Peter Facinelli is available for $40. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. For additional event information, including rules and regulations, please visit www.mallatstonecrest.com.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas Tree Association awarded grant

Making way for a new tree crop: The Georgia Christmas Tree Association was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The grant money was allocated to the state as part of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill. The purpose of the grant is to promote specialty crops in Georgia. Chuck Berry, president-elect of the GCTA and owner of Berry's Tree Farm in Covington, applied for and accepted the grant on behalf of the GCTA. The monies will be used to promote further "choose and cut" Christmas tree farms in Georgia. Four billboards have been ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview community still divided on issues

The 14th meeting about the Neighborhood Stabilization Program ended the way it started - with a divided community.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mammography Recommendations Unchanged

Newton Medical Center is among many other leading authorities that disagree with the recent declaration from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding mammography guidelines.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CFD celebrates 100 years of faithful service

Despite the cold, rainy weather Sunday, dozens attended the 100 year anniversary celebration for the Covington Fire Department at Station No. 1 on Pace Street.

November 25, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Oxendine urges caution with turkey fryers

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urged Georgians to use caution when cooking the holiday bird with the increasingly popular turkey fryer.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man caught selling fake laptops

Officers were called to the Raceway gas station after reports came in that a man was attempting to sell stolen laptops to the customers in the parking lot.

November 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The county jewels of District 1

Covington News reporter Gabriel Khouli toured the five county districts with county commissioners as his guide to learn more about the people and places of Newton County. First up, the county's largest and most rural district.

November 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Giving thanks

Holiday tradition: The Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle takes you back to 1621 in their annual Thanksgiving Exhibit. The early Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribe came together to create the first successful harvest for the pilgrims, and both walks of life came together to share the rewards. The Blue Willow Inn partnered with Joseph Hurt Studios to make the free exhibit possible. It runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Nov. 29.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP Youth win awards at state conference

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November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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