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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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Man convicted in 1988 killing set to die

ATLANTA - A death row inmate convicted of the 1988 murder of a preschool fitness instructor was set to be executed Tuesday, and his attorneys were readying a flurry of last-minute appeals seeking to postpone the execution.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen car found ablaze

A burning car found in woods off Capes Drive early Saturday morning was apparently intentionally ignited, and fire officials are asking that anyone with information on the blaze come forward.

January 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City to absorb some power costs

Georgia has been hit by high unemployment and extreme weather during the past year, and the City of Covington is hoping to give utility customers a little relief.

January 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


At Home with the Alexanders

Who: Jim and Paige Alexander; children Zack, 17, and Alana, 16; family dogs Buster, Axel and Cindy

January 23, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Save-a-Lot grocery to open Feb. 10

Coming soon: Workers from McMichael's Construction ready a 24,000 square foot location in the Covington Corners shopping center, located at the corner of Elm Street and U.S. Highway 278. The discount Save-a-Lot grocery store is expected to open Feb. 10 and hire 20 to 25 employees.

Applicants can apply at save-a-lot.com/careers or by going through local employment agencies, Tomlin said. Save-a-Lot exclusively sells its brands to offer more competitive prices to traditional grocery stores.

January 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fairview Estate residents taking charge

The residents of Fairview Estates aren't willing to wait any longer; they want control of their homeowners association as soon as possible.

January 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rams move to 6-0 in region

After its emotional win over Rockdale Wednesday, it could have been easy for Newton to suffer the quintessential letdown Friday especially at M.L. King. Instead the Rams built an early lead and held on down the stretch to win 53-43 and remain undefeated in region play.

January 22, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Rep. Holt pays for driveway clearing

Rep. Doug Holt paid Newton County $278.80 Friday morning for work done to clear his ice-covered driveway on Jan. 10.

January 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Circle lowers liquor license fees

The Social Circle City Council has reduced the fees for local businesses applying for a license to sell beer, wine and liquor.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have you seen this classic car?

Authorities are on the lookout for a classic car stolen Friday from the Longhorn's parking lot.

January 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Emory expresses regret over slavery

ATLANTA - Emory University officials are expressing regret for the campus' role in slavery in Georgia.

January 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Vases stolen from tombstones

When Wanda Davis thinks of her deceased parents, it is with love and respect. But when she thinks of what has been stolen from them, she is seething.

January 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Foreclosures still abundant in county

Joseph Flanigan's house is worth $52,000, less than a third of its peak appraisal in 2007.

January 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton topples Rockdale

Rockdale may have four Division 1 prospects, including Darion Clark and University of Tennessee-bound Kevin Ware, and have the talent to make a serious run at a Class AAAA state title. But the Bulldogs realized Wednesday, as has every other team that's faced Newton over the past three years, that they don't have Derrick Henry.

January 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia, local unemployment rate up

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has grown to 10.2 percent, and claims rose in Newton County by 13.2 percent.

January 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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