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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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Man shoots ex-fiancée; kills self after standoff

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers.

March 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


McCain/Palin billboard to be replaced

John McCain lost his bid to become U.S. President, but the memory of his campaign has lived on in Newton County through the billboard prominently displayed along Interstate 20.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County’s mayors discuss railroad at bi-monthly meeting

Though Newton County residents are split on their opinions toward purchasing the Norfolk Southern railroad, the mayors of Newborn and Mansfield appear to be in support of the idea and said Friday they'd like to see the rails converted to trails in their small cities.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Victim identified in Sunday murder

The victim of Sunday night's shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson. The man investigators believe responsible – 22-year-old Anthony Michael Barrow – was transported to Grady Hospital with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and later died.

March 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illuminated

 Agreeing to construct stained glass windows for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's bell tower last spring began what church member J.J. Hayden believes is the most memorable experience performing his craft.

March 07, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Adopt-A-Mile through KCNB

 Adopt-A-Mile is a litter control program sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful to attract public involvement in picking up litter along Georgia streets and roads.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up litter and complete beautification projects during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff events will be held on Saturday, March 27, at two area Kroger locations.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sweet treats for the troops

Special delivery: Approximately 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were transferred from a U-Haul to a semi-trailer truck at the National Guard Armory Wednesday morning in preparation to be given out to troops as they board an overseas-bound airplane. For the second year, Ginny Fahs, 18, of Girl Scout Troop 20352, headed up the local donation project as a simple way for people to send Girl Scout cookies to soldiers overseas. Though this year's donations equaled approximately 2,000 boxes less than last year's, Fahs was very pleased with the amount of support given.

March 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County, cities will not receive new state money during March

Because of a miscommunication, Newton County and its municipalities will not receive any new money from the state during the month of March.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Taking it to the streets

The more Norris Freeman listened to Superintendent Whitlow Richardson present his plan for school desegregation, the less he liked what he heard. By the end of Richardson's speech, Freeman and the others were nearly in a fury.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resumes being taken for new General Mills plant

Update, April 29, 4:57 p.m. - The Ga. Department of Labor in Monroe is still accepting resumes on behalf of General Mills, but only for forklift positions. Interested applicants should fax resumes to (770) 207-4118 or call (770) 207-4111 for more details.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arraigned for rape, incest and exploitation

Jeremy Christopher Lee Smith, 19, was arraigned this morning on charges of rape, incest, exploitation of a disabled adult and sexual battery.

March 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Check it Out!

SRG Global (formerly Guardian Automotive) donated $5,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's inVEST fund Thursday morning. From left to right: SRG Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Vantassell, Covington Plant Manager Mike Anderson, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Operation Manager Jay Bailey.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - March 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H nixed as part of UGA budget cuts

Proposed reductions to the University System of Georgia of approximately $300 million could mean the end of 4-H programs in Newton County and a reduction of roughly $9 million to Georgia Perimeter College.

March 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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