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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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Hannah Thomas celebrates CD release tonight

Covington area singer-songwriter Hannah Thomas has a new CD out, "Acoustic Sessions."

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


IDA looks to rezone 160 acres heavy industrial

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval of a request by the Industrial Development Authority to annex 160 acres of county residentially-zoned land along Ga. Highway 142 and Airport Road and rezone it to city heavy industrial.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cities finalize SPLOST requests

The county and its five municipalities have been trimming millions from their SPLOST lists, but more than $100 million in county requests and $21.5 million from the municipalities remain.

November 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board votes to hold off on naming new elementary school until December

The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday to table the naming of the new elementary school until December, after several Oxford residents ask they leave the name Palmer-Stone Elementary at the Oxford school, which is scheduled to be phased-out.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in Feb. fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Americana Music Night

You can enjoy an evening of Americana music at the Harvest Picking at Old Church event from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Old Church in Oxford.

November 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Veteran Pride

Honoring those who serve: Dozens of veterans and Newton County residents crowded the square Thursday morning to pay tribute to veterans past and present at the annual Veterans Day memorial. Members of the Newton High School ROTC presented the colors and the Eastside High School Band played a variety of patriotic music during the presentation. See more photos and a list of World War II veterans on Page 8A.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in February fatality wreck

A woman involved in a crash that claimed a man's life earlier this year was arrested Monday on multiple charges stemming from the wreck.

November 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The storyteller strikes back

Whistle for a while:

Newton County resident Andy Offutt Irwin has just released a new all music CD, "Lip Service," featuring whistling and mouth-music on every track. "Lip Service" debuted at the National Storytelling Festival in October in Jonesborough, Tenn., where Irwint appeared as a Featured Teller.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST meeting at 6 tonight

Newton County's five municipalities will have a chance to present the county government with their SPLOST requests in a meeting at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse downtown.

November 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation commission gets new home

Newton County Recreation Commission employees are no longer packed into the Turner Lake Complex after some officials moved their offices into the two-story home near the complex's entrance that was purchased in late 2009.

The 2,900-square-foot house was converted into six offices, a receptionist's desk and a boardroom. It also has an attached garage and two detached storage buildings for rental furniture, equipment and vehicles. The recreation commission purchased the house and 3 acres from a subsidiary of the Arnold Fund for $300,000 in late 2009, Sunbelco executive Charlie Tuller said Tuesday. Sunbelco was the property ...

November 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Raising the flag

Venon Ison fought his way across the Pacific in World War II, all the way to Iwo Jima.

November 10, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Giving back to the Greatest Generation

For some World War II veterans, it's the trip of a lifetime.

November 10, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington, Social Circle plan events for Nov. 11

Ceremonies will be held in Covington and Social Circle on Thursday to mark Veterans Day.

November 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sailing in the Pacific

The battleship U.S.S. Iowa was good to Grier Sims.

November 10, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


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