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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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Everyone's a winner

The Newton County Special Olympics continued today at Homer Sharp Stadium with events for elementary school-aged children.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lithonia woman killed in I-20 wreck

A Lithonia woman died in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night that blocked westbound lanes on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit for several hours, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

May 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bama student shares storm damage images

Damage from the killer tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week was captured in images taken by Covington native Mary Wright, a rising junior at the University of Alabama.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hostage standoff ends in Roswell

ROSWELL - A hostage standoff at a Roswell apartment building ended when police set off concussion grenades and entered the building.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Changes coming to Oxford on July 1

Changes are coming on July 1 to how the city of Oxford is governed.

May 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Naked toddler found wandering in parking lot

A 24-year-old mother was arrested after her toddler was found naked wandering around the parking lot of a motel at 4:30 a.m. Friday.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dad gives daughter $400,000 lottery ticket

SAVANNAH - Father's Day this year is going to be bigger than usual for one Savannah man.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga storm losses at $75 million

ATLANTA - A cluster of tornadoes that killed 15 people in northwest Georgia inflicted at least $75 million in insured property losses, State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs continue to rise in Covington

Gasoline prices in the metro Atlanta area are averaging $3.86 per gallon after a price hike of 10.3 cents in the past week.

Nationally, the average price increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.92 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Check Covington area gas prices here.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Trouble on the way

Reader Matthew Ozburn sent this photo to us of the storm that wreaked havoc early Thursday in Newborn.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Here's how bin Laden body was ID'd

WASHINGTON - The U.S. used multiple means to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden during and after the firefight in which he was killed, before placing his body in the North Arabian Sea from aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Let the games begin!

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games kicked off this morning with a parade and the torch run at Sharp Stadium.

May 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Full pool at Lanier through summer

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - State climatologist David Stooksbury says Lake Lanier should remain at a high level through the summer.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pregnant woman shot dead in DeKalb

LITHONIA - DeKalb County police say a pregnant woman was killed and her husband was injured when shots were fired outside a DeKalb County apartment complex.

Police spokesman Darrien Thomas says two men opened fire on the couple at the complex near Lithonia early Sunday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Redistricting forum Tuesday

The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters will host a redistricting forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive S.W. in Conyers.

May 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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