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Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Woman steals form more than 100 people, 3 counties

An investigation by the Covington Police Department led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight in a case that affected more than 100 people and three counties.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jet soars to spelling bee win

The third time was the charm for Indian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls, winner of the 2015 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. Rawls, a sixth-grader, participated in the NCSS Spelling Bee as the East Newton Elementary School champion during his fourth and fifth grade years but just missed out on the top prize each time. This year, the super speller successfully spelled "ominous" and "disguise" to clinch the championship. Clements Middle School student Jayden Wheeler was this year's runner up.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Anna Davis, Ian Cole named Valedictorians

Now that the spring semester is under way and winter break is behind us, the Newton County School System's high schools are announcing their top 10 students and 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Airport has problem with fuel supplies

Construction delays and service issues continue to cause problems at the Covington Municipal Airport, including the inability for some planes to take off because of a lack of fuel.

March 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Agriculture Week spotlights contributions farming makes to Georgia March 14-20

Georgia farmers not only grow our food and clothes but they also make a significant contribution to the state's economy. According to the USDA, there are almost 48,000 farms in Georgia that produce annual sales of more than $1,000 with an average farm size of 212 acres. Georgia has 10.5 million acres of farmland.

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton recognized for its abundant resources

Newton County's residents have long felt their home was full of gems, and it appears the entire region agrees.

March 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stopped cold

DULUTH - Newton needed to do everything it could and then some to beat Milton in the state semifinals at the Gwinnett Arena Thursday. But when you're playing a more talented team and it plays perhaps its best game of the season, there isn't much you can do. And so it went for the Rams who saw their dream season come to and end with an 86-54 defeat.

March 12, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


All aboard the Art Camp train

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates for Summer Art Camp. Session I will be held June 14 – 17, and Session II will be held July 12 – 15. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed in fire March 5th

Johnny Allen Smith, 64, was killed March 5, when his Capes Drive residence caught on fire.

March 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVest in the NCSO - March 12

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, 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 ...

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle land could be de-annexed

Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) has stated that he is planning on introducing legislation to the state house that would de-annex one or several pieces of property from the city of Social Circle.

March 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Scouts plant tree on square to honor BSA centennial

Monday afternoon several Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts gathered on the square with their families to plant and dedicate a tree marking the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America as well as a symbol of the Scouts' continuing journey.

March 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Care bears

C-FARE is an initiative between the 10th District GaFWC clubs and DFCS Region 5 resource development unit. C-FARE stands for Community Foster and Adoption Recruitment Effort. The initiative invites community members, either as individuals or with organizations, to join with DFCS to find foster and adoptive homes. This was the 2nd annual C-FARE event. The first was held in Oconee County in June 2008. During the past two years of Tina Daniel Reasey's 10th District GaFWC Presidency, GaFWC clubs have been encouraged to assist local agencies in advertising the need for foster and adoptive homes, as well as being ...

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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