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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


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At Home with The Ramseys

Who: Sam and Becky Ramsey; Prince, purebred Maine Coon cat, and Miss Opal, pastel calico cat

December 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Cities make final SPLOST requests

Newton County's five cities made their final SPLOST requests Friday afternoon with little fanfare, though Mansfield, Oxford and Porterdale asked for additional monies above their pro-rate share.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Southern Folk Advent Saturday in Oxford

Traditional folk hymns of the South are combined with a modern liturgy and presentation of the Biblical Christmas story as Meridian Herald presents its 17th annual Southern Folk Advent at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Old Church at Oxford College.

December 03, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


Festival of Trees tonight and Saturday, Twilights at Chimney Park on Sunday

You can see Santa and enjoy themed Christmas trees at the inaugural Festival of Trees at 6 tonight and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the event hall at 1138 Monticello St., next to Plain Nuts Catering.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman takes plea for vehicular homicide

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year pleaded guilty to second degree homicide by vehicle in Newton County Superior Court on Nov. 23.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


District Attorney hires assistant DA

The Newton County District Attorney's Office has gained another assistant district attorney, Jillian R. Hall.

December 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interesting ink

Michael Mills is a paraplegic, wheelchair marathoner and racer, but when most people pass him on the street, all they see is a heavily tattooed man. That attention is both a blessing and a curse.

December 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Come join us for cider on the square tonight

The Covington News would like to invite everyone to come and join us for a cup of hot cider on the square this evening. We are set up directly across the street from Scoops in the former Teacher's Toolbox store.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced for vehicular homicide in 2009 death of child

A Newton County man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in connection with the death last year of a 6-year-old after the child was struck by his SUV.

December 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Legislator of the Year

State Sen. John Douglas was honored Tuesday as Legislator of the Year by Georgia firefighters and fire chiefs.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sex charges draw pleas from former professor

A former Georgia College and State University professor is awaiting court sentence after pleading guilty on Nov. 18 to charges of obscene Internet contact and electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor.

December 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supporter Spotlight: Woodlee’s Christian Academy

When John and Daisy Woodlee opened Woodlee's Christian Childcare Center on Old Salem Road in Conyers in 1970, they had no idea it would grow to be the school it is today.

December 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Vigil honors teen killed in wreck

A Cousins Middle School student and his mother were killed in a car accident in Jasper County the evening before Thanksgiving.

November 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vigil tonight for student killed in crash

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight in remembrance of 13-year-old Cousins Middle School student Nigel Griffey and his mother Alice Goolsby, 39, who were killed in a car accident last week.

November 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Blue Willow owner Van Dyke dies

Update: Funeral services for Blue Willow Inn Owner Louis Van Dyke, who died Wednesday, will be held at 6 p.m., today at Meadows Funeral Home, 760 Hwy 11 SW, Monroe.

November 29, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


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