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$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Shooting at Salem Rd Kroger parking lot

The Newton County Sheriff's Department responded to the third shooting in less than two weeks Thursday, after gunshots were fired in the parking lot of the Kroger on Salem Road.

November 14, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2 Eagles to play in Thanksgiving Parade

Two Eastside High School students will be representing the Eagles live on national television this Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS employees to get bonus check

In an effort to gain good faith with its staff, the Newton County Board of Education approved to give teachers a one-time check in addition to their regular pay, add to their 403(b) retirement plan and increase the work hours for their elementary school paraprofessionals.

November 13, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Covington snipers compete with the best

A 38 two-man team competition of snipers/spotters from around the world traveled to Fort Benning last week to compete in the 14th annual International Sniper Competition. Teams from Germany, the Army, the Department of Justice and Homeland Security were all their to compete and amongst those household names were Matt Cooper and Gene Nuqui of the Covington Police Department.

November 13, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | LOCAL


Lack of lights leads to cocaine arrest

A Rutledge man, who was pulled over for not having his lights on, was arrested with cocaine and marijuana in Social Circle Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Veteran's Day in pictures

Covington celebrated Veteran's Day with its annual celebration on the Square hosted by the American Legion.

November 12, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


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NAACP calls for Barrow police probe

WINDER - The NAACP is calling for an investigation of complaints about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers in Barrow County.

June 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Brasstown Bald

Anytime the heat gets too much for you this summer, you can always check out the National Forest Service's skycam atop Brasstown Bald, the highest peak in Georgia.

June 13, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Storm Chaser

From the time Matthew Ozburn was 2, thunderstorms fascinated him. This unusual interest has developed into an intense passion for meteorology and severe weather watching.

June 12, 2011 | By Ashleigh Smith | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - July 12

Did you know that Georgia has more state parks than any other state in the United States? No kidding!

June 12, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


County to have tax sales in fall

After giving delinquent property taxpayers a reprieve in 2010, Newton County will once again be seizing and selling delinquent properties to the public this year.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber to pursue filming, industries

Newton County has a myriad of issues, but the chamber has decided its main focus must be attracting high-quality jobs.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chairman helps shape county policy statewide

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan will help determine policies for counties around the state after being reappointed vice chairman of the General County Government Policy Committee, which is part of Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

June 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to study educational issues

Covington and the literacy non-profit Newton Reads want to improve the county's educational deficiencies.

June 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 12

o Demario A. Morgan, violation of probation, revoke 2 years. Possession of cocaine, 10 years probation, 2 years confinement, $1,000. Criminal trespass, 12 months confinement concurrent. Driving without lights, 12 months confinement concurrent.

June 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspicious package just a suitcase at store

A suspicious package located at Home Depot was found to be nothing more than an empty suitcase, according to Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The News wins 13 Georgia Press awards

The Covington News earned 13 awards Friday in the Georgia Press Association's 2011 Better Newspaper Contest.

June 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer concert series opens Friday

The bluegrass band the Freight Hoppers opens the Second Friday Summer Concert Series with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday on the square downtown.

June 10, 2011 | | LOCAL


Grants in for I-20 pedestrian bridge

Covington has received $500,000 in state grants to place a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 20, parallel to the Ga. Highway 81 overpass.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rail proponents nearly out of options

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 not to purchase the out-of-use Norfolk Southern railroad corridor Tuesday night, joining the Covington City Council in bowing out of the controversial discussion.

June 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Naked man arrested running on U.S. 278

A man found wandering naked down Chaney Drive, later escaped hospital staff and began running down Ga. Highway 278 - with nothing but an IV on earlier today.

June 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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