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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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Will Newton gain more state influence?

The lines have yet to be drawn, but Newton County's state representation will change and its influence should theoretically increase, given the fact the county gained nearly 40,000 residents in the past decade.

April 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dam requires repairs

A failing dam and drainage structure is threatening High Point Forest Drive, forcing Newton County Board of Commissioners to approve a $127,000 construction request Tuesday to repair the structure.

April 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington detective arrested for battery

A Covington Police Department detective is on administrative leave after being charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.

April 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Firearm safety course offered

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for firearm safety courses to be offered in May.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County could get four roundabouts

Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.

April 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Storm costs Covington $20,000-plus

Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.

April 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City railroad crossings to be paved

Covington will finally begin paving some of the unused Norfolk Southern railroad crossings this month.

April 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff requesting $2.76 million more

Once again, one of the toughest budget decisions for county commissioners will be how much money to devote to law enforcement and the jail, as the sheriff asked commissioners to reverse course Tuesday night and give his office an additional $2.76 million for fiscal year 2012.

April 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lakemper given life sentence

Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Wendy Cartledge-Carter on Tuesday afternoon. The jury also sentenced him to life for armed robbery and 25 years to run concurrent on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and bringing stolen property into the state.

April 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lions to hold barbecue fundraiser

The solution for supper is easy for next Wednesday, as the Covington Lions Club stages its 39th annual chicken barbecue.

Tickets are on sale now for the barbecue, which will be held form 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Academy Springs Park Pavilion on Conyers Street.

April 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Life without parole in Lakemper case

Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced on Tuesday to life without parole for malice murder in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.

April 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No bidders on Church in the Now

Church in the Now's property on Iris Drive in Conyers goes back to the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union after there were no bidders during the foreclosure sale at the Rockdale County courthouse this morning.

April 05, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Closing arguments today: Life or Death

Jurors will hear closing arguments in the penalty phase of the death penalty trial of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper tomorrow, and are expected to begin deliberating his fate before the end of day.

April 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Four arrested on forgery charges

An attempt to pass a forged check for $916.42 on Friday led to four arrests, according to a Covington Police Department report.

April 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Road Dollar General opens Saturday

West Newton County residents will have a new shopping venue this weekend with the opening of a Dollar General at 8 a.m. on Saturday at 3227 Salem Road.

April 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


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