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Local educators named to advisory board

Two people from the Newton County School System have been handpicked to join Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Boards.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS writing tests scores see increase

The rate of Newton County School System high school students who passed the Georgia High School Writing Test this year increased across the board from 2013.

December 03, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Water Authority moves on Bear Creek

The Newton County Water and Sewer Authority will carry out two key studies on Lake Varner and the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, preempting a bid by Schnabel Engineering that would have cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

December 03, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Sheriff: County must do more to keep deputies

Newton County is losing up to a million dollars a year due to high turnover within the Sheriff's Office as experienced deputies leave for higher salaries and better pensions elsewhere, Sheriff Ezell Brown said Tuesday during an impassioned plea for more funding.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Living Christmas Tree musical performance returns to First Baptist Conyers, Dec. 12-14

For a breathtaking Christmas spectacle, look no farther than First Baptist Conyers' 13th annual Living Christmas Tree musical performance, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 2100 Ga. Highway 138.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prayers needed for Knox family

Newton Medical Center Board of Director Chairman D.L. (Pete) Knox and his wife were involved in a car accident near Macon Friday evening.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to discuss Lake Varner at Tuesday meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is preparing to meet Tuesday to discuss several pertinent issues, including a safe yield analysis for Lake Varner and the appointment of the elections board.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Holiday special: All content available

As a holiday gift, The Covington News is offering its online services at no charge through the new year.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Movember Movement

This Thanksgiving, as I sat around listening to family stories and eating turkey (no lasagna has been made since my grandmother passed), I noticed that there was an abundance of facial hair. Really creative, somewhat whimsical, and abundant facial hair. It was on the cousins and the uncles. It was on football players, commercial actors, and parade commentators. It was on hipsters and baby boomers. Is this a trend that my husband has missed?

December 01, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Open and transparent?

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson failed to file campaign finance disclosure reports for nearly three years, incurring more than $400 in fines, but a recent amendment to campaign finance legislation means he may never have to file again.

November 29, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Oxford hosts 175th anniversary convocation

Put on your party hats and church shoes, because Oxford has turned 175 years old this year.

November 29, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


A time to celebrate

The holiday fun started in Covington Nov. 20 with the lighting of the Square. But the joy isn't extinguished. Santa Claus will make several stops on the Square from now until Christmas, and will even come to The Covington News Dec. 5 and 11 from 6-8 p.m.

November 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale mill rate drops

The Porterdale City Council will, once again, discuss the upcoming $196,700 budget during its next meeting.

November 29, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Keno thieves strike two Covington stores

Two men lost from Keno last week without checking their numbers.

November 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Covington airport could be hurt by proposed changes

The way planes travel into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport could be changing, which in turn would affect how planes travel around and into Covington Municipal Airport.

February 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is deadline for property tax return

Property owners who believe their property has lost value from last year have until Monday to file a property tax return, telling the county just how much less their property is worth in 2010.

February 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Though the snow has melted, it's still the talk of the town. Also, a bullrider keeps a firm grasp and raindrops dapple tree leaves.

February 26, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


NMC Women’s Diagnostic Center celebrates 10 years

For most women, a trip to the Newton Medical Center Women's Diagnostic Center is not a joyous occasion. However, all residents of the county, whether women or men, should rejoice at the facility being so close to home.

February 26, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Pope denied bond in Hall murder

Bond was denied for 27-year-old Candice Cadasha Pope, who is charged in the murder of Alvin Hall, the Atlanta man's whose charred remains were found in a burning car on New Years Eve.

February 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A mighty heart

January 25 was just a regular Monday morning for 17-year-old James Norrington. The Newton High School junior had no way of knowing that before the day ended he would die, twice.

February 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 26

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 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Workman pleads guilty, gets 22 years

Johnny Otis Workman was sentenced Tuesday morning to 15 years, with the first 10 years served before being eligible for parole, following his guilty plea for vehicular homicide in the death of David J. Nunnelley in July 2009.

February 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC considers anti-tethering rule for dogs

Some county officials are concerned that tying or tethering dogs can be inhumane and cause dogs to become more violent.

February 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County prepares ordinances for future growth

As residential growth has come to a standstill, the Newton County Board of Commissioners decided it was time to examine and possibly strengthen several housing and development related ordinances.

At this past weekend's county retreat, Chairman Kathy Morgan proposed creating an ordinance to force developers to build amenities before they are able to sell homes.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


One dead in crash after armed robbery, shooting

A Newton County woman was killed Tuesday night when her vehicle was struck by a car reportedly being driven by two men who authorities were looking for in connection with an earlier armed robbery and shooting.

February 24, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The first Young Legend

The Washington Street Community Center is an important part of Covington's black history, but many of the young students who pass through its doors every day wouldn't know that if not for Breisha Dupree.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Lions host fundraisers for Ga charities

Even though the days have been warming up in Newton County, the nights can still be pretty chilly. That's why the Covington Lion's Club will host their 9th annual chili supper fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lions Club Pavilion at Academy Springs Park.

February 24, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Faithworks fundraiser will make the rafters ring

Choirs and performers from among the 35 churches that support Faithworks will lift their voices high in a fundraiser to benefit the ministry on Friday, Feb. 26.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘Swinging for Sight’

The Oxford Lions Club is hosting its first golf tournament, "Swinging for Sight" on March 26 at the Oaks Golf Course. The entry fee of $75 for each player includes green fee, cart, lunch, beverages and prizes. There is a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on a par 3 hole. Lunch and registration begin at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event will raise funds for sight-related charities supported by the club.

February 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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