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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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Newborn hosts tree lighting Friday

The Town of Newborn will host its annual tree lighting at 6 p.m., Friday at town hall.

November 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Champs Again

For the past several years, high school football teams in the area have found quite a bit of success. Eastside, Alcovy and Newton have all made the playoffs recently and it's becoming like clockwork that the city hosts a playoff game at Sharp Stadium each fall. But the three county high schools aren't the only local programs getting it done on the gridiron.

November 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Demario Nolley, violation of probation, 120 days work release.

November 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle resident watches rocket launch

November 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Furniture dumped in councilman's yard

Police responded to a Porterdale City Councilor's house earlier this month when he found furniture dumped on his property.

November 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser and Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Tis the Season for Fire Safety: from the CFD

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year fires that occur during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 650 more and cause over $990 million in damage.

November 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Take a Hike Newton planning Friday event

Take a Hike Newton is a non-profit organization for those within the community who want to start living a more healthy life, but also to enjoy the fun that hiking has to offer. These hikes have been known,for shedding weight while cleaning the environment at the same time. Matchbook Pr + Media's CEO, Taylor Owenby, lost a significant amount of weight, and it started from hiking. Matchbook is now affiliated with Take a Hike Newton.

November 30, 2011 | Kaylyn Hinz Guest writer | LOCAL


Spotlight: Bear Creek Golf Course

Bear Creek Golf Course, located in Monroe, didn't always look the way it does today.

November 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Farming a family tradition

Hard workers aren't made, but born.

November 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy honors locals on Veterans Day

Piedmont Academy's Senior and Junior Y-Clubs hosted a breakfast at the school on Veterans' Day for area veterans. Ms. Julie's K-5 class led the Pledge of Allegiance. Each veteran stood and shared in which branch of the military he/she served, number of years served and in which war, if any, they served.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club donates to Benton House

On Oct. 14, the Satsuki Garden Club met at the Library for their meeting and arranged flowers in vases for the residents of the Benton House. The club purchased flowers from A Bouquet by Betty and the flower shop, in turn, gave a most generous amount of yellow carnations to add to the project.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special Olympic Equestrian Team rides in Perry

The Newton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team consists of 12 athletes with various special needs and disabilities but also great talents.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man with walker threatens police officers

A 60-year-old man with a walker was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly threatening officers from the Covington Police Department.

November 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Holiday Tip of the Week - Nov. 27

My favorite gifts are those that people have made themselves. Homemade gifts demonstrate caring, creativity, and passion. You don't have to be super crafty to pull together a meaningful (and frugal!) gift for your friends and family. Think about what you can do and go from there. Do you bake, cook, or scrapbook? Offer homemade cookies, soup, or a small book. Are you handy with a camera? Give a small framed print. Can you offer baby sitting? Give a coupon for a night of service. A DIY Christmas gift is the frugal and thoughtful way to go this year.

November 27, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Shining through service

Servants like Rucker Ginn are the soul of Covington. They've spent their whole lives building a community, working in town, building a family there and serving in their churches and community service organizations.

November 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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