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NCSS receives climate star ratings

According to surveys conducted during the 2013-14 school year the climate, or quality and character of school life, of Newton County's middle schools are above average.

March 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbery suspect caught after 5 years on the run

After five years, the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has the final suspect of an armed robbery case in custody.

March 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


County postpones vote on landfill deal

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed Thursday to postpone a vote on a contentious landfill settlement after several hundred citizens turned out to voice their opposition to an overly hasty resolution.

March 18, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC meeting livestream

March 17, 2015 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


LIVE STREAM: St. Paddy's Day Parade

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New grant will aid GPC student veterans

Student veterans, active military and their families at Georgia Perimeter College will receive more personal attention, increased scholarship opportunities and potential help in emergencies, thanks to a Marcus Foundation grant. The grant was announced during a special ceremony held Tuesday, March 17 on the GPC Decatur Campus.

March 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library requests funds for HVAC system

The Newton County library, in recent years, has had to cut $500,000 out of its budget, and last year completed a $350,000 renovation of the roof on its Covington location.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Upcoming road closures

The Covington City Council voted on several road closures during Monday's meeting.

March 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A stunning second week of CPD Academy

The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Navigate the transportation bill

If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.

March 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Watch: interview with Governor Deal

Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.

March 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP convention brings division

Saturday morning, the Newton County Republican Party was divided by yellow caution tape, but by evening, they had formed two separate, rival groups, both claiming to represent the GOP.

March 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Volunteers needed to keep Newton beautiful

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.

March 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live: BOC public hearing on landfill

March 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New hotel coming to Covington

Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington.

March 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Gas prices fall at the pumps

Gasoline prices have fallen below $3 a gallon for the first time since early this year, and the steady decline is expected to continue through the end of the year.

December 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porter library certified LEED Gold

The Porter Memorial Branch Library was officially awarded LEED Gold certification Wednesday, becoming the second library in Georgia to receive that level of environmental honor.

December 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Accident blocks traffic on I-20 West

An overturned truck has halted traffic on I-20 West near the Almond Rd exit.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday papers late

Due to a breakdown at our press, The Covington News was not printed until late this morning. Our delivery drivers are out and about right now delivering your papers. The News thanks you for your patience while we resolve this matter.

December 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Board to study airport terminal plan

Covington officials want a new airport terminal building to be an impressive entrance to the city with state-of-the-art conference facilities.

December 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Girl Plays Mary in Saint George Bethlehem Live! production

Saturday Dec. 10, Elayna Guerrero, age 11, of Covington, played Mary in a Christmas Nativity, called "Bethlehem Live!" in Saint George. Elayna's grandparents, Irene and Randy Williams, organize this outdoor city tour and performance for Building the Body for Christ Ministries.

December 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City mulls Indian Creek golf course buy

Both private and Covington officials are exploring the possibility of purchasing the recently-closed Indian Creek Golf Club, but a local golf course owner says that could be an expensive proposition.

December 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County misses out on some industry

Newton County has a lack of available mid-sized industrial buildings, in the 100,000 square foot range, and, as a result, the county recently missed out on an advanced metal fabrication company.

December 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Take care to not overspend

We're down to the wire with the arrival of Christmas in just seven days! The week before Christmas, we are more apt to overspend. You may have inadvertently left someone off our Christmas list or you didn't expect the cost of making your great aunt's divinity to be quite so high. (Pecans are expensive, y'all!)

December 18, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man arrested for biting girlfriend

A fight between a woman and her baby's daddy led to his arrest and her with a bite on her hand.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dollar Tree buggy dispute leads to fight

A fight over a buggy at the Dollar Tree led to an arrest Friday evening.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local duo Samuel & Caleb release CD

The young Newton County duo Samuel & Caleb look like they're starting to fall into a rhythm.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


McDonald’s closed for low health scores

The McDonald's restaurant on Salem Road at Brown Bridge Road was closed by state health officials for one day Tuesday after failing two routine inspections this year.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Every year local law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County during the Shop with a Cop program. The event raises not only awareness but holiday cheer as law enforcement join the children at a local discount store to make Christmas dreams come true.

December 14, 2011 | William Brawley | LOCAL


United Way meets goal

In a year where nonprofits struggle harder than ever to meet the increasing economic need of residents, the Covington-Newton County United Way met its fundraising goal for 2011 a few weeks early.

December 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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