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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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Live nativity

The coming of Christ: Covington First United Methodist Church will present a Live Nativity from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday on the front lawn of the church, 1113 Conyers St. Nativity and Christmas music will be played at the event. The Live Nativity is partnering with activities on the Downtown Square to open the holiday season with the Lighting of the Historic Courthouse and Candlelight Shopping.

November 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Assembling the All Star Team

Ready for the big day: The Newton Rams All-Star Team, composed of the top 5 and 6-year-old players in Newton County, will play their first game on Nov. 19.

November 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The queen of clean

A sweet sendoff: Many of the county's most prominent faces, and cute ones, showed up to give Connie Waller a proper send off Friday at the Newton County Administration Building. Waller worked at the county for 28 years promoting recycling and litter reduction; she helped form Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful and served as its executive director for many years. Waller retired after suffering a stress-related heart attack and is looking forward to taking life easy for a while.

November 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Child attacked by raccoons released from hospital

The infant that was attacked in her crib by two raccoons was released from the hospital.

November 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thornton denied motion for new trial

Convicted murderer Courtney Courtmentez Thornton was denied his motion for a new trial earlier this month by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Environmental steward retires

Connie Waller thought she was doing everything right. She ate a diet loaded with organic vegetables, exercised regularly and was productive at work. Turns out she was a little too productive.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hannah Thomas celebrates CD release tonight

Covington area singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas has a new CD out, "Acoustic Sessions."

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA looks to rezone 160 acres heavy industrial

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Industrial Development Authority to annex 160 acres of county residentially-zoned land along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road and rezone it to city heavy industrial.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cities finalize SPLOST requests

The county and its five municipalities have been trimming millions from their SPLOST lists, but more than $100 million in county requests and $21.5 million from the municipalities remain.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board votes to hold off on naming new elementary school until December

The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in Feb. fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Americana Music Night

You can enjoy an evening of Americana music at the Harvest Picking at Old Church event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Old Church in Oxford.

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Veteran Pride

Honoring those who serve: Dozens of veterans and Newton County residents crowded the square Thursday morning to pay tribute to veterans past and present at the annual Veterans Day memorial. Members of the Newton High School ROTC presented the colors and the Eastside High School Band played a variety of patriotic music during the presentation. See more photos and a list of World War II veterans on Page 8A.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in February fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The storyteller strikes back

Whistle for a while:

Newton County resident Andy Offutt Irwin has just released a new all music CD, "Lip Service," featuring whistling and mouth-music on every track. "Lip Service" debuted at the National Storytelling Festival in October in Jonesborough, Tenn., where Irwint appeared as a Featured Teller.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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