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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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Local spoken-word artist to appear on Mo'Nique

Troy University student and Newton High graduate Ricky Latimore will appear on the BET broadcast of the Mo'Nique Show Tuesday at 11 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 a.m.

January 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DA’s office recuses itself from Henderson case

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson adamantly denies the charge of battery that resulted in his arrest on Oct. 10, but a preliminary hearing to discuss the case has been delayed.

January 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DCA finds no fault with county’s NSP

As far as the Georgia Department of Community Affairs is concerned, Newton County has not violated any Neighborhood Stabilization Program rules.

January 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


On my honor

Do a good turn daily: Scouts from Troop 222 converged on Academy Springs Park Saturday afternoon, some, like 10-year-old Ethan Green, worked to clear out the underbrush from dormant plants and one scout worked on identifying trees throughout the park for his Eagle Scout project. Adam Cofer, 18, worked with Loy Summer, Jinx Faulkner, Beryl Bud and others to find the mapped trees that needed markers. The scouts plan on working throughout the day to help beautify Academy Springs.

January 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monte Carlo for the Arts will hold artistic guitar auction on Feb. 6

Artfully painted and embellished guitars are but a few of the auction items offered at Monte Carlo for the Arts. The event, hosted by United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialist, Inc. is the annual fundraiser for Southern Heartland Arts, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing scholarships and other art related outreach programs to our community. It will be held at the Porterdale Mill Lofts event center at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6. Included in the $50 ticket price is a prime rib dinner, drinks, raffle tickets, and professional entertainers acting as casino dealers. Reservations must be made by Friday, January ...

January 24, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Domestic Violence: Healing the hurt

The following is the last in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglaries and armed robberies down during holiday season

According to a press release from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, commercial burglaries and armed robberies are usually at their highest peak during the months of November and December due to the holiday season. The NCSO through increased patrols, new zone reorganization, and new 12 hour shifts for deputies was able to totally suppress these types of crimes for the 2009 holiday period. Deputies also made contact with over 1,260 suspicious persons and vehicles during the last two months of 2009. The changes that Sheriff Ezell Brown implemented during his first year in office made deputies more visible ...

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City to get $75,000 more in NSP money

Because of recent success, the city of Covington is receiving an additional $75,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

January 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County revenue down, depts. cut expenses

The county's finances appear to be holding steady, according to the second quarter financial report discussed at Tuesday's Board of Commissioner's meeting.

January 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tom Fox hired as new Director of Public Safety

Tom Fox, former City Manager for Porterdale, has taken the position of public safety director for the City of Social Circle.

January 22, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Haiti: Of great magnitude

Frank Penley spent all day trying to put his week's worth of experiences in Haiti down on paper. He wrote and rewrote. Finally he threw it all away.

January 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oxford Lions sponsor peace poster contest

Posters for peace: The Oxford Lions Club recently sponsored Peace Poster Contests at Cousins Middle School and Indian Creek Middle School. The contest is designed to encourage youth to express artistically their visions of peace, promote the arts and spread peace and international understanding. Each year's contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Grand prize winners have come from all around the world. To view posters visit www.lionsclubs.org. (Above) Indian Creek art teacher, Jack Meacham, holds first place ...

January 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff, dentist awarded at MLK celebration

At the 25th annual Newton County Celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday afternoon, two prestigious local awards were presented to community icons.

Dr. Melvin O. Baker, DMD was honored with the I Have A Dream Award. The I Have a Dream Award was first presented in 1987 is given to individuals who "exemplify the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King," according to celebration committee secretary Josephine Brown.

January 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett case is ready for spring trial

Attorneys for the prosecution and defense announced Tuesday morning that they are ready to go to trial on the state's case against 19-year-old Jamal Marquez Pridgett, who is charged with shooting several men and killing one during a dice game on the evening of Oct. 7, 2008.

January 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Vehicle chase from DeKalb comes to end in Newton Co.

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were involved with a vehicle chase and brief foot chase Monday afternoon when a man drove a carjacked vehicle into Newton County.

According to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies were dispatched with an armed robbery that had already occurred. A distraught woman, who was at Delaney Parkway off Crowell Road had called 911 and told dispatchers that she had been kidnapped from the front of her subdivision in DeKalb County by two black males.

January 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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