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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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NHS teacher tends to sea turtles over summer break

Not all teachers take a break during their summer break. Jim Stansell, environmental science and zoology teacher at Newton High School, recently completed two, four-day workshops on sea turtles and coastal ecology on Georgia's Sapelo Island. The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve offered the trainings as part of its teacher training series.

July 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County’s bond rating may be in jeopardy

Newton County may be in danger of losing its excellent bond Aa2 rating and not being able to meet new state budget compliance requirements if county revenues continue to fall, according to a report by the county's auditor Wayne Tamplin.

July 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man cites sledgehammer blow as cause of spotty memory

A search for an armed robbery suspect led to the arrest of another man, who reportedly argued with officers and gave them a wrong name when asked.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The tree shaper

Maintaining a hobby can provide the peace of mind one needs in the current economic climate. Some take up reading, some take on sports and others do a little gardening. Lee Edwards decided to take up bonsai cultivation as a hobby 16 years ago while visiting the bonsai collection at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Since then, he has grown over 50 trees that reside beautifully in his backyard.

July 23, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Detention officers learn new control techniques

More than 100 men and women from law enforcement communities across the county joined together Thursday to learn new techniques to extract uncooperative inmates from their cells without injuries to the guards.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for fighting with girlfriend

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home to deal with a fight and ended up using a Taser on Bobby Scott Anglin after he allegedly refused to calm down.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cruelty to animals after dead dog found in backyard

A call from an anonymous source Saturday evening led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man on charges of animal cruelty.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Several arrested for in underage alcohol case

A 53-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night after allegedly furnishing alcohol to a group of minors.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local Great Clips donates proceeds to paralyzed Madison firefighter

By requesting a special voucher, customers at Great Clips in Covington can channel $5 per haircut until July 26 to a special fund for Morgan County Firefighter Kevin Stephenson, who was paralyzed in a car accident March 26.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Locals to hold Tea Party Sat. on square

The local Tea Party movement appears to be growing and local advocates will hold their second meeting this summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the square.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Motorcycle ride is Simply the Breast

Crystal Joyner and Kim Adams have found a way to incorporate their love of motorcycles with raising funds in the fight against breast cancer. They will be holding the first "Simply the Breast" motorcycle ride benefit on Saturday July 24, starting at GG's pizza at 9148 U.S. Highway 278.

July 21, 2010 | By Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Saving lives with CPR

Two Piedmont Academy parents who are registered nurses, and a pair pf cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructors, Lori Adamson and Julia Maloney, held a training class for those seeking certification on July 15. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives. To register for a class nearby, visit the American Heart Association's at www.heart.org. Pictured: Coach Rhett Farmer, Coach Wes Tanner, Rebecca Bailey, Coach Danny Camp, Skye Camp, Lori Adamson, Clare Maloney, Headmaster Tony Tanner, Lacy Adamson, and Coach Dan Funt.

July 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Camp Meeting 2010

Campers from near and far braved the summer heat and joined fellow worshipers in a weeklong celebration of God's glory for the 182nd Salem Camp Meeting at the Salem Camp Ground in Covington from July 9 - 16.

The week's activities included music performances by local artists and choirs, classes for all ages, shirt tie-dying, swimming and slip and slide fun. Campers were awarded with ribbons for attendance and nick-nacks for memorizing scripture.

July 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The measure of a man

There are scholarships and tournaments in his honor, a road and park bear his name, but the true testament to the man Billy Carl "B.C." Crowell are how many people he touched in his 86-years. With the passing of Crowell on July 16, Newton County didn't just lose a resident, it lost a living legend.

Crowell was born in Porterdale in 1923 at a home adjacent to the baseball field named in his honor, a field where he spent his youth playing baseball, a sport that would eventually get him a scholarship to Oglethorpe University in 1940. He ...

July 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pony Express burglarized

What started out as a chase in Newton County ended on Interstate 20 around 5:45 a.m. this morning.

July 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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