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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


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


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Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Good eats, good Times

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked to perfection and coated in the mouth-watering spice rub. That was only one of the types of delicious barbecue served up at the fourth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off, hosted by the Covington Lions Club, which took place Friday and Saturday at American Legion Field.

October 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boom town: Newton County grew at a rapid rate - but the jobs weren't following

This is the first of a three-part series examining how explosive growth and the housing market collapse have changed the face of Newton County.

October 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Sorority sisters:

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elkadettes lend a helping hand

Helpful smiles: The Covington Elkadettes recently gathered much-needed items to be delivered to the local women's shelter, Project ReNeWal. Project ReNeWal services Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties and offers assistance to women in crisis. The Covington Elkadettes are a part of the local Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806. Pictured are Peggy Hudgins, left, Elk Artis Standard, Elkadette President Pat Pippin and Betty Standard.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting for Nov. 3 elections open until Oct. 30

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baby formula bandits busted

Three people were arrested after an attempt to shoplift several thousand dollars worth of baby formula from a local grocery store Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO campaign - Oct. 9

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 ...

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights management under dispute

Before the Newton County Recreation Commission decided whether it would operate the Nelson Heights Community Center, it naturally had a few questions, including:

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local teens take leadership roles throughout the state

Middle and high school 4-H'ers in Newton County are members of Sigma Lambda Chi 4-H.

October 09, 2009 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Sprucing up Sharp

Sharp Learning Center is all about change. Students are at the school to make a change in themselves and on Thursday morning several of those students worked hard to make a change in the front of the school as well.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Housing group hosts auction to benefit non-profits

Richport Properties is inviting the community to come out Saturday to its newest property from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Brookline subdivision, located one mile south of the square at Highway 36 and Eagle Drive, to bid at a silent auction, enjoy some free food and entertainment, learn more about local community groups and explore new houses.

October 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flooding damage estimated at $3.5 million

As of Tuesday, last month's flooding was estimated to have caused $3.5 million worth of damage in Newton County.

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson changes mind on NHCC

Before the Newton County Recreation Commission decided whether it would operate the Nelson Heights Community Center, it naturally had a few questions, including

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting starts for city council elections

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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