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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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BOC reaches SPLOST consensus amid contentious debate

The Board of Commissioners came to an informal consensus, 3-2, on a final $57.6 million SPLOST list Thursday night, but not before a contentious discussion broke out about which projects should be included and whether or not the three commissioners in favor had met illegally prior to the meeting.

November 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington's Guiding Lights

The three women chosen to flip the switch on the holiday decorations at the Historic Courthouse, Carrie Freeman, Lula V. Smith-Rachels and Betty Bellairs, are Shining Lights in their own rights.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Architects share renderings of new Newton High

Newton County Board of Education members got a look at what the new Newton High may look like when system architects on Tuesday unveiled initial renderings.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Father of infant attacked by raccoons charged

The father of a Newton County child who was attacked by raccoons earlier this month has been charged with keeping the animals that attacked his infant daughter as pets.

November 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for arson suspects, offer reward

On Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, during the early hours of the morning, an unknown suspect(s) intentionally set fire to two Pure Service Stations in Covington. Due to the proximity of the stations, one located at 4111 Emory St., the other located at 4144 Ga. Highway 278, and similar circumstances of the events surrounding the fires, these events are believed to be related.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Help with heating bills offered

Help is available for paying your heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

November 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Driver charged in Nov. 8 fatality wreck

The man authorities say are responsible for the wreck that killed an Oxford man last week has been formally charged with homicide by vehicle.

November 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students learn how to preserve water quality

Newton County uses geographic mapping software to locate sex offenders, settle zoning disputes and predict flood patterns.

This week is national Geography Awareness Week, and Covington and Newton County recently declared Wednesday as Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, Day.

November 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County seeking trail, sidewalk grants

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved two pedestrian-friendly grants Tuesday night, one for a trail in Porterdale and the other for sidewalks and street crossings to allow students to walk or bike to school.

November 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Perimeter Newton receives safety grant

Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus will use a $7,500 state grant to launch a driver safety program, GPC Newton Campus Cares.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Turner Lake roundabout set to open Nov. 30

The roundabout at the intersection of Turner Lake Road and Clark Street is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Nov. 30, weather permitting, according to a release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


It's time to enter Hometown Christmas Parade

Entries are being accepted for the Hometown Christmas Parade, which will be held downtown at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Schools facing budget cuts for 2011-2012

Projected revenue losses for next year have the Newton County School System looking to trim $4.6 million to $9 million from its 2011-2012 budget, according to a release today from Superintendent Gary Mathews.

November 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nelson Heights sign and junk to be removed

Curtis Goss has removed many of the junk vehicles that littered his small lot at the corner of Puckett and Laseter streets, and residents say it's about time, though they wonder when it will be fully cleared.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Helping the CPD

The Police Who Care: Dr. Doug Gilreath of Covington First United Methodist Church presented Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton with a check for $750 for the "Police Who Care Fund." The money was collected during the Fuzz Run Weekend at the spaghetti lunch and dinner held at the church. The meal was free but donations were accepted.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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