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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


Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Officials back residents in power issue

Opposition to the proposed power line that would run through Mansfield's city limits continues to grow as business leaders and elected officials join the effort to have the line's route run around the city.

September 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Torres found guilty of 2008 murder

Abel Torres was found guilty in the 2008 murder of his roommate Fernando Gonzalez and sentenced to life plus 35 years for his crimes. The family of Gonzalez held each other and wept as the verdict was read.

September 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Concerts on the square begin Thursday

The Concerts on the Square, presented by the Arts Association in Newton County, and sponsored by Honda of Conyers, United Bank, Main Street Covington and The Covington News, will begin Thursday with a performance by Mack McKibbon and the Drive Time.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug.31

Raymond E. Medina, rape, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, 15 years probation, nine years confinement, $1,000. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Family Violence Act aggravated assault, 9 years confinement. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated stalking, 9 years confinement. False information, 9 years confinement. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle ...

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unmarked graves to be re-consecrated

Now that nearly 400 unmarked graves have been found in Covington's cemeteries - many of them believed to belong to slaves - the local African-American Historical Association believes its time to remember and re-consecrate them.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way sees more need than ever

For the first time in 27 years Doris Strickland's work is getting to her.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Coloring for Path2College529

Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon on his or her educational journey, creating a foundation for creativity and a lifetime of learning.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 in east Newton to be resurfaced

Interstate 20, from Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County to just east of Ga. Highway 83 in Morgan County, will be resurfaced beginning Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

August 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tractor show to pay homage

In tribute to Mansfield icon Lamar B. Hays and farmers everywhere, the Mansfield Masonic Lodge will host the inaugural Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show on Sept. 24.

August 28, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


More drug arrests at homeless shelter

Two men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man brought drugs into homeless shelter

A complaint of drugs brought into the homeless shelter led to the arrest of Richard E. Smith, Jr. for possession of marijuana Thursday evening.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Torres trial to start Monday

Jury selection in the murder trial of Abel Torres will begin tomorrow in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Supporting the arts

Paul Chambers, AT&T's local district manager, makes his company's 9th annual $2,500 donation to the Newton County Arts Association. Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners accepted the check.

August 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet Newton’s newest state legislators

Now that the governor has signed off on the new Georgia house and senate district maps, Newton County seems assured of adding Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey (D-43) and Rep. Steve Davis (R-109) to its slate of legislators.

August 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Second grader wins library scholarship

Thanks to his participation in the Georgia Public Library Service's Summer Reading Program, "One World, Many Stories," Taylor Boyd not only developed essential reading skills this summer, he was also awarded a $5,529 contribution to his college savings.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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