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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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Newton County misses state planning deadline

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

Newton County was late turning in its Capital Improvement Elements plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; the plan spells out which projects the county will build with its collected impact fees, when they will be built and how much they will cost.

July 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves millage rollback rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Lions’ Share

On Thursday, June 24, the Covington Lions held their New Officer Installation Banquet.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Insurance Program resumes issuing policies

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friends of WSCC pledge $3,000 in donations

The Friends of Washington Street Community Center continues to grow and 36 donors have pledged more than $3,000 in 2010.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia hosts peanut butter and jelly food drive

Bank of North Georgia will host its third annual Back-to-School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit 27 local food pantries that are located near the bank's 43 branches. The drive will be Monday, July 12, through Saturday, July 31, during normal banking hours.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Salem Campmeeting Schedule

The annual Salem Campmeeting will be held from July 9-16 at Salem Camp Ground, located at 3940 Salem Road, Covington, Ga. 30016. During the week, speakers from local churches will lead the gathered campers in a time of worship and growing closer to God.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 armed bandits rob Kay Jewelers

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are looking for three men who are accused of robbing the employees at Kay Jewelers at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

July 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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