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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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Finger to seek re-election in Porterdale

Porterdale Councilwoman Linda Finger has announced that she will seek re-election to the council.

June 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Bust yields hundreds of pot plants

Two people have been arrested after more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found in a grow house and two additional buildings off King Bostick Road, according to The Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 22, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


State puts probationers to work

LESLIE - It's 3:25 p.m. in a dusty cucumber field in south Georgia. A knot of criminal offenders who spent seven hours in the sun harvesting buckets of vegetables by hand have decided they're calling it quits - exactly as crew leader Benito Mendez predicted in the morning.

June 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn announces council replacement

Dennis Fincher has been announced as the replacement of John Donaldson for the Newborn Town Council.

June 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County says no to millage hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday evening to keep the millage rate at 10.91.

June 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City set to mow railroad corridor

The overgrown Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way through Covington is about to get a grooming.

June 21, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Carjacking suspect plunges into DeKalb lake

LITHONIA - A woman says a man carjacked her in Atlanta, and DeKalb County authorities say they're searching a lake for him after he crashed the car into a tree.

Assistant DeKalb Fire Chief Garret Smith says the man was fleeing police early Tuesday when the car struck a tree in the Southland Country Club. Police say the man jumped into a lake, tried to swim across and disappeared.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three arrested in toddler's death in van

JONESBORO - Police say they've arrested the administrator and two staff members of the day care in Clayton County where a 2-year-old girl died after being left in a van following a field trip.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford swears in new council member

Oxford has a new budget year and a new council member.

June 21, 2011 | | LOCAL


Playground razors earn jail time for two

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Authorities say two men accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment at a Columbus park last year have been sentenced to prison.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Rome boy hurt by falling tree recovers

ROME - Friends say an 8-year-old boy seriously hurt when he was struck in the head by a tree while swimming in a northwest Georgia creek is making progress during his recovery.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Flight back to ATL with engine problem

ATLANTA - An engine problem caused a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles to returned to Atlanta shortly after taking off.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn council in called meet tonight

The Town of Newborn Council will meet in a called session at 7 tonight to discuss appointment of a new council member and to discuss the right of way of the unused Norfolk Southern rail line through town.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Covington set to approve budget tonight

The City of Covington is set to approve its 2011-2012 fiscal year budget at tonight's 6:30 meeting.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Fed judge holds hearing on Georgia immigration law

ATLANTA - Civil liberties groups argued Monday that Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration should not take effect until a lawsuit challenging it as unconstitutional is resolved, and a judge said he likely would rule on that request before the law takes effect.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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