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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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InVEST in the NCSO

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 ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


East Metro Hosts Saturday H1N1 Clinics

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at the Newton County Health Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 for CDC priority groups.

The vaccine will be available to persons who fall into the priority groups recommended by the CDC:

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Scout completes Eagle project

During the Newton county school system fall break, most kids took it easy, vacationed or slept in and enjoyed relaxing with their friends.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cheer champions

Newton's best: The Cousins Middle School Competition Cheerleading Squad recently won the Newrock Cheerleading Championship. They also won the title of Newton County Champions for the second year in a row. Individual awards were also won by Hannah Green for the Tumble Off and Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Jenna Hicks, Mishay Allen and Kayla Aaron for the Lib Off. Pictured above are: Front row: Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Alex Garner. Second row: Delani Kitchens, Madison Fortt. Third row (kneeling): Madison Sauls, Mishey Allen, Kayla Aaron, Cori Rogers, Hallie Wheeler, Hailee Patilleo, Hannah Green. Back row (standing): Mandy Rape, Elizabeth McDaniel, Jenna Hicks, Coach ...

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff's Office investigator tracks online child predators

Attention: this story contains graphic details of an undercover investigator that works to apprehend online predators.

As an investigator with the Newton County Sheriffs Office, Sharron Stewart works with runaways and child molestations and the families of missing persons. She also assists on the more gruesome felonies such as homicides, but it's her part-time position that garners the most attention: her work as an undercover investigator in charge of catching online predators.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Douglas to run for 4th state senate term

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced he will run for a fourth Senate term in the 2010 race.

Douglas represents District 17, which includes Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties, and has been a state senator since January 2005. He said his experience, including a term in the Georgia House and on the Newton County Board of Education, make him the best candidate in 2010.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local food banks nearly empty as holidays approach

Local food banks are hoping that thankful citizens will share the wealth this holiday season and help re-stock their bare pantries.

According to Rosalee Thompson who works with the Newton County Community Food Pantry, they are exceedingly low right now and need all the help they can get from citizens.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas announces 2010 reelection bid

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced today his bid for a fourth term in the 2010 race.

November 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa’s Helpers

Rotarians or elves? As sure as St. Nick is readying his gifts for all of the good boys and girls in Newton County, the members of Rotary are getting ready to help him. Rotarians will be taking applications for their annual stocking delivery from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday at the Salvation Army located at 5193 Washington Street. You must have a driver's license or some type of proof that you reside in Newton County. Pictured above are Rotary elves Andrea Hammond, left, Brooks Collins, Jonny Tatum and Mike Petroff (sitting).

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get your benefit verification before the winter chill sets in

It's that time of year again - when people in many parts of the country feel a new chill in the air each morning, and put an extra quilt or blanket on the bed.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doing the right thing

Good deed: Ryan Hurst, 7, found $600 in the Kids R Great Day Care parking lot. He told his mom he needed to take it inside to turn it in. Shawn Moore, left, a Clayton County fireman had lost the money. According to Moore, he was sure the cash would never be turned in, and was delighted that good deeds still happen.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shoulder and elbow specialist to practice at Resurgens Covington

Robert J. Morgan, M.D., will join Resurgens Orthopaedics, Georgia's largest orthopaedic practice. Dr. Morgan is currently seeing patients at the Resurgens Covington office 3211 Iris Drive; (770) 787-4042.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No good deed goes unpunished

When 17-year-old Chase Childers agreed to help a stuck motorist early Sunday morning he never dreamed that his good deed would land him in the hospital and take away the use of his left leg for several weeks.

November 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County mayors provide update on Newton cities

This story will provide brief updates on each city and subsequent stories will focus on the collective issues.

November 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Search continues for new Chamber president

The search for a Chamber president continues, and, although no decisions have been made, interested parties agree there is need for increased focus on economic development.

November 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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