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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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Police: Man stuffed chicken in pants

ROME, Ga. - Authorities say a north Georgia man was arrested after police say he stuffed a rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, a mouth guard and two toothbrushes down the front of his pants and walked out of a Walmart without paying for the items.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tuned in to Dark Shadows

Growing up watching "Dark Shadows," Oxford College history professor David Leinweber had no idea that decades later his love for the cult hit would inspire him to pen songs that have attracted national attention and even a phone call from one of the show's stars, nearly 40 years after the show went off the air.

March 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County reserves low

The economic downturn apparently hit Newton County much harder than surrounding counties and similar-sized counties around the state.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Richard Bellairs: A life of service

Whether it was ensuring that a child had a toy at Christmas through the Empty Stocking Fund or tallying Sunday school attendance at First United Methodist Church, community service was second nature for Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs.

March 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Airport authority names chairman

The Covington Municipal Airport Authority elected officers and set its meeting schedule in its inaugural session on Monday.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dedicated to the department

Four of the finest: The Covington Police Department honored four of their finest Tuesday night with a retirement reception at 1138 Monticello Street. (from left) Captain Willie Davis, Captain Barney Anglin and Officer Oscar Rogers have a combined 92 years of service between them to the city. Not pictured is administrative assistant Chris Harrison who was honored for her 24 years of service. All retired in 2010.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County joins “Secure Communities”

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglar found naked in school ceiling

Officers responding to a burglary call at Cousins Middle School in the wee hours of the morning Saturday got more than they bargained for when they eventually found their suspect naked in the school ceiling.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shining light lost: Carrie Freeman dies

A shining light went out in Newton County last week.

February 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tornado watch in effect through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Newton County, Rockdale County and much of north Georgia through 8 p.m.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn states intent to buy railroad

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Monday to state Newborn's "strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way (for) Rails to Trails in Newton County."

February 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County discusses reduced budget, employee morale

Not only will Newton County's property tax digest decline next year, but the board of commissioners won't even know exactly how much until July 1.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thief tries to give employees the slip

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to shoplift from Rite-Aid.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Adult threatens child on Facebook

Officers were called to a home on Crestview Drive to speak with a mother whose 11-year-old child was being threatened on Facebook by the father of one of his peers.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police respond to domestic dispute

A former couple was issued citations Saturday morning after a loud fight over a former elicit relationship disturbed neighbors in her apartment complex.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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