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Local educators named to advisory board

Two people from the Newton County School System have been handpicked to join Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Boards.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS writing tests scores see increase

The rate of Newton County School System high school students who passed the Georgia High School Writing Test this year increased across the board from 2013.

December 03, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Water Authority moves on Bear Creek

The Newton County Water and Sewer Authority will carry out two key studies on Lake Varner and the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, preempting a bid by Schnabel Engineering that would have cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

December 03, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Sheriff: County must do more to keep deputies

Newton County is losing up to a million dollars a year due to high turnover within the Sheriff's Office as experienced deputies leave for higher salaries and better pensions elsewhere, Sheriff Ezell Brown said Tuesday during an impassioned plea for more funding.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Living Christmas Tree musical performance returns to First Baptist Conyers, Dec. 12-14

For a breathtaking Christmas spectacle, look no farther than First Baptist Conyers' 13th annual Living Christmas Tree musical performance, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 13 and 14 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 2100 Ga. Highway 138.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prayers needed for Knox family

Newton Medical Center Board of Director Chairman D.L. (Pete) Knox and his wife were involved in a car accident near Macon Friday evening.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC to discuss Lake Varner at Tuesday meeting

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is preparing to meet Tuesday to discuss several pertinent issues, including a safe yield analysis for Lake Varner and the appointment of the elections board.

December 02, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Holiday special: All content available

As a holiday gift, The Covington News is offering its online services at no charge through the new year.

December 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Movember Movement

This Thanksgiving, as I sat around listening to family stories and eating turkey (no lasagna has been made since my grandmother passed), I noticed that there was an abundance of facial hair. Really creative, somewhat whimsical, and abundant facial hair. It was on the cousins and the uncles. It was on football players, commercial actors, and parade commentators. It was on hipsters and baby boomers. Is this a trend that my husband has missed?

December 01, 2014 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Open and transparent?

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson failed to file campaign finance disclosure reports for nearly three years, incurring more than $400 in fines, but a recent amendment to campaign finance legislation means he may never have to file again.

November 29, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Oxford hosts 175th anniversary convocation

Put on your party hats and church shoes, because Oxford has turned 175 years old this year.

November 29, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


A time to celebrate

The holiday fun started in Covington Nov. 20 with the lighting of the Square. But the joy isn't extinguished. Santa Claus will make several stops on the Square from now until Christmas, and will even come to The Covington News Dec. 5 and 11 from 6-8 p.m.

November 29, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale mill rate drops

The Porterdale City Council will, once again, discuss the upcoming $196,700 budget during its next meeting.

November 29, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Keno thieves strike two Covington stores

Two men lost from Keno last week without checking their numbers.

November 26, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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I-20 westbound accident closes some lanes

IN BRIEF: A crash with multiple cars and tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 westbound, just before exit 80 for West Avenue, has shut down a few lanes, according to Conyers police. Emergency personnel are at the scene and tow trucks en route.

February 21, 2012 | | LOCAL


Penalty phase begins in Young trial

Update, 7 p.m.: Rodney Young was sentenced to the death penalty Tuesday evening by a Newton County jury.

February 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man killed in Rockdale crash

A 26-year-old Covington man, the passenger in a single vehicle crash, was killed Saturday night when the car went off McDaniel Mill road into a yard and into a tree. The driver, a 27-year-old Conyers man, was transported by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.

February 20, 2012 | | LOCAL


City worker chased with knife

A city of Covington worker was allegedly chased with a knife while out marking the road on Need Street Friday.

February 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cousins FCCLA club donates 50 blankets

Last month, the Family Career and Community Leaders of America club at Cousins Middle School organized a blanket drive. The club donated over 50 blankets to Pastor Lett of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter.

February 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Future Caterpillar plant could help local businesses

Following Caterpillar's Friday announcement to build a new manufacturing facility near Athens and hire 1,400 workers, Newton County economic development officials are already working to reap some of the benefits.

February 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Too much cologne leads to V-day arrest

Two men were arrested on Valentine's Day, despite attempting to convince police that the heavy cologne was just because of the holiday and not being used to mask the smell of illegal drugs in their vehicle.

February 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man lies about identity, gets arrested

A Covington man was arrested Thursday for obstructing an officer and giving false information after he was approached by law enforcement and asked to identify himself amidst a routine check.

February 18, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Arrests made in Tempie Lane homicides

The son of Donald Eugene McCullough and another man have been arrested in the double homicide that occurred Feb. 7 at the Tempie Lane home of the 56-year-old McCullough and his 66-year-old aunt and caretaker Peggy Molden.

February 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Young guilty, not mentally retarded

It took a jury just two hours to convict Rodney Renia Young of the murder of 28-year-old Gary Jones in March 2008, and despite the defense's claim of mental retardation, the jury found the 44-year-old was not mentally retarded, meaning he is eligible for the death penalty.

February 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snellville man killed in car accident

A Snellville man was killed Thursday evening when he pulled out from Cowan Road onto Ga. Highway 81 into the path of an oncoming tractor trailer.

February 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walmart to open in March

The countdown has begun for the area's newest Walmart store to open. With construction complete on the new store at 4200 Salem Road, the retailer will now spend the next few weeks transforming the empty building into a Walmart store complete with a full line of groceries and a wide assortment of merchandise and time-saving services. The new store plans to open to shoppers in March.

February 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cell phone records key in murder trial

The third day of the death penalty trial against accused murderer Rodney Young focused primarily on Young's trip to Georgia in March 2008, with the prosecution attempting to show that the murder of Gary Jones was not the work of someone who is mentally retarded as the defense claims, but of a cold and calculating man who planned it all out.

February 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County begins FY2013 budget process

The county began working in earnest on the fiscal year 2013 budget this week as the finance department began meeting with department heads.

February 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to translate for Spanish speakers

Some county notices posted in departments' offices and on the county's website will soon be accompanied by Spanish counterparts, after the Board of Commissioners approved a federally mandated Limited English Proficiency Plan.

February 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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