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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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Oliver’s garden

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season.

July 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Sheriff studies policing in Israel

After two weeks in Israel, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has come home not only with new ideas for the county, but with a new sense of peace.

July 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Airport Road construction starts Monday

Newton County will begin work on Airport Road Monday after receiving a permit from the Georgia Department of Transportation Thursday.

July 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Film makes for wizardly weekend

Thursday night's midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was bittersweet for my Littles and me. Surrounded by hundreds of fans dressed in tribute of their favorite boy wizard, we watched the very last installment of the Harry Potter stories hit the big screen and carry us on a ride we already knew by heart, but didn't chance even a blink for fear of missing something. That something is a magic that transcends both the screen and the page.

July 16, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Your Saturday briefing

Good morning:

July 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Woman arrested for beating her husband

A night out ended in an arrest after a woman allegedly assaulted her husband because he wouldn't let her drink and drive.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One arrested in ATM heist

One man has been arrested and charged with the theft of the ATM from Essex Bank early Wednesday.

July 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Be on the lookout for trucks with fuel tanks

Detectives with the Covington Police Department are asking for help in their search for thieves who took diesel fuel in the past two weeks.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Garden of the week

Hoyt Oliver hasn't had to buy vegetables all season: He and his wife have a massive garden in Oxford where they grow everything they need. See the full version of this story in Sunday's edition of The News.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 15

Janelle J. Steele, possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, theft by shoplifting. Reset for July 14.

July 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Host families wanted for exchange students

Want to share your home with an exchange student?

July 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dispute ends with BB gun shooting

An argument between two Newton County teens ended Wednesday evening with one shooting the other 10 times with a BB gun.

July 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Violinist adds to experience at Salem

Jackson Ramsey this week returned to Salem Campmeeting for the first time since he was 4 years old. Now that's he's here, he hopes to come back.

July 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rain, then cooler in Newton

A bit of respite from the heat is on the way.

July 14, 2011 | | LOCAL


Newton All-Stars win state title

The 13-under Newton County All-Star captured the Junior Dixie Boys state title Tuesday with a 23-9 win over West Georgia White in Columbus and will represent Georgia in the Dixie Boys World Series. Newton County won its opening games 10-9 and 10-6 on Saturday and Sunday respectively in the double-elimination tournament.

July 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


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