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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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Body found at school not victim of foul play

The person found dead in a car outside Live Oak Elementary Monday afternoon was not the victim of foul play.

October 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three arrested for cocaine trafficking

Three people were arrested Monday for trafficking in cocaine following an undercover investigation by the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit.

October 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teacher aids breast cancer fight

Cancer has the ability to ruin lives, but the pursuit of a cure has the equal, if not greater, ability to build relationships and show the best in people.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County explores casualty, risk insurance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners have had to make difficult cuts to keep health insurance costs down in recent years, but they turned their eye to the casualty and risk insurance policy they have on their buildings and equipment last week.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


POLL: News stories, forums helpful

So far this campaign season, the Covington elections have seen news stories, in-depth video interviews, a forum, numerous campaign signs and candidates going door to door.

October 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The search for spirits

As Tommy Cook, armed with an electromagnetic field reader and a flashlight, coolly leads a group of paranormal enthusiasts along the dirt road leading to an old church, his daughter Kristen trails behind him, bundled and quivering under the cold drizzle of the October night.

October 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Growing Strong

"We've always tried to make it a family tradition and something different from buying a Christmas tree on the sidewalk somewhere or from a big box store." That's business according to Chuck Berry, whose family has nurtured its Christmas tree sales business on Mount Tabor Road over the last 30 years into a family event.

October 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Musical Young family full of talent

The Youngs are like a lot of families here in Newton County. They like to play video games and go to movies. Of course, spending time with one another is a priority. But unlike most families, mom Chandra Currelley-Young is a professional singer and actress who might be out on tour in Tyler Perry's latest play and dad, Larry Young, is a professional in radio who can be heard on air. When their son, Agape, a senior at Alcovy High School, isn't blowing away the crowd with a trumpet solo during half time shows, he's behind the ...

October 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


‘Take back’ drive collects old medicine

On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the third national Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The Sheriff's Office will be holding the event inside the Wal-mart Supercenter located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E. in Covington. Sheriff's Office personnel with have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused ...

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DEA Atlanta hold its third nationwide prescription drug take-back day

The Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Divisional Office is partnering with national, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, as well as community coalition groups to hold a third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This one-day event will make it convenient for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk man "stalks" store employees

A Newton County man was arrested Monday evening and charged with public drunk after reportedly "stalking" Dollar General employees and acting up in a wing shop.

October 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mall at Stonecrest welcomes 2011 Fall Fair

Let the fun begin! The Mall at Stonecrest presents the Fall Fair at Stonecrest through Nov. 6. Celebrate the Mall at Stonecrest's 10th Anniversary with rides, games, food and family fun. The Fall Fair will feature more than 30 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Lathrio Jackson, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $300. Stay away order.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Syfy show looks for paranormal places

The Syfy Channel's "Haunted Collector" is looking for haunted residences and business to feature on the show's second season, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

October 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minors caught with bolt cutters, machete

A Newton County woman called deputies for help when she noticed a group of elementary-aged children attempting to steal items from her home.

October 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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