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County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$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


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One-tank trips abound in Georgia

To all those families fretting over the prospect of pricey vacations, never fear, The Covington News 2011 Summer Guide is here. And as it turns out, Georgia has more than its fair share of outdoor attractions, ranging from mountains to beaches to scenic hiking trails and rivers.

We've listed several state parks and a few local gems that you can reach on one tank of gas (a few may take a refill) and should fit in most budgets. If any of our choices peak your interest, be sure to their websites for more information and full costs.

May 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two drown in Ga. lakes, one missing

ACWORTH - Two people are reported to have drowned in Georgia lakes during the holiday weekend, and a third apparent drowning victim is being sought.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Arson possible in five housefires in Troup

LAGRANGE - Troup County sheriff's deputies are investigating five predawn house fires in the Mountville area north of LaGrange.

Officials say one of the houses damaged Monday morning was occupied. Sheriff Donny Turner says the occupants got out safely.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


A special salute

Newton County honored its fallen heroes with two Memorial Day observations on Monday.

May 30, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two Memorial Day services at 10 a.m.

Two Memorial Day services are planned for Newton County.

May 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pastor looks ahead after settling suits

LITHONIA, Ga. - The crowd still cheered for Bishop Eddie Long as he took the pulpit Sunday, but gone was the air of defiance that defined his appearance eight months ago when he rallied his congregation to battle amid lawsuits accusing the megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hotel fall survivor aware of others

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky woman who was in critical condition Sunday after falling from a 10th-floor Atlanta hotel window is doing "better than anticipated," a family member says, but relatives remain puzzled about what led to the fall.

May 30, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The Red Wiggler Farm

Dennis Holman's crop is ready for market, though in his case, it's the fertilizer produced by his more than 1 million wriggling earthworms.

May 29, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Futures in the arts

SHA Inc held its spring meeting at Southern Heartland Gallery May 19, where scholarships were presented to graduating seniors with career goals in the visual arts.

May 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week - May 29

It's hard having champagne tastes on a beer budget, but that's the reality of livin' on one income, friends. Shoot, that's the reality of livin' on two incomes plus overtime for most folks these days. There are a few products I've found at dollar stores that are just as good as their pricier grocery store counterparts. A jar of roasted red peppers can cost upwards of $3 on the grocery store shelves, but you'll find them for a buck at the dollar store. Same goes for taco sauce and some fancy little chocolate and hazelnut ...

May 29, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Gas prices, weather, improve for Memorial Day weekend

Some residents may be worried that gas prices and the current trend of bad weather could hinder their Memorial Day weekend plans of travel and outdoor fun.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County millage hike would save 52 jobs

Without a millage rate increase, Newton County would have to cut 52 employees, Chairman Kathy Morgan told the board of commissioners Thursday.

May 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle Lions raise $12K

On a hot day in June 1998, June 8 to be exact, Phil Peppers and a group of regular friends were enjoying the day doing what they did almost daily, playing golf at The Creek at Hard Labor. Peppers, a retired City of Atlanta police officer, had been a fixture in Social Circle, the Lions Club and had just recently been elected on the city council.

May 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


I-20 westbound traffic backed up starting at Sigman Road

(May 28, 3 p.m.) Traffic is backed up on Interstate-20 westbound from near the exit at Sigman Road until past the exit at Ga. Highway 138, as of 3 p.m. Drivers are advised to temporarily find alternate routes.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State patrol tips for holiday weekend

Plan carefully, use caution, and buckle up are the recommendations from the Georgia State Patrol for a safe Memorial Day holiday weekend. Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the 78-hour Memorial Day holiday weekend ends at midnight May 30. Hitchens said traffic will be heavy throughout the weekend as graduation ceremonies, festivals and vacation travel will add to normal weekend traffic. "We anticipate a busy weekend on Georgia roads," he said.

May 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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