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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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Solid Rock Baptist Church mourns a life cut short

Monday night members of Solid Rock Baptist Church held a fireworks display for 9-year-old Kristin Beaucher. Kristin passed away from complications with a brain tumor early this week. Solid Rock members hoped she could look down on the display.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office offers amnesty

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer an amnesty program from Dec. 11, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010. The Newton County Sheriff's Office amnesty program will allow individuals listed with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in. Each person will be released on their own recognizance after bringing documentation which proves a valid address. Proof of valid address can be in the form of an electric bill, gas bill or water bill. If possible a valid driver's license is preferred. Processing will take place at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. This process should take ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On the grounds of Burge Plantation

Like a fairy tale cottage, the original Burge House sits surrounded by forest. Across the street from its original location, a bigger home has been erected and stands proudly on the land that has bore the Burge name since the 1830s. The original house, now a private residence, turned 200-years-old this November, celebrating a monumental anniversary in Newton County.

December 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Nutcracker returns

The Arts Association in Newton County presents the Covington Regional Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall. This year's performance features guest dancer Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowder gets life plus 5 for 2008 murder

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Monday in connection with the 2008 killing of his estranged wife, 43-year-old Catcilia.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More arrests made in Taco Bell robbery

The final two men that authorities believe responsible for robbing the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 on Nov. 28 were arrested Friday.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local horse wins big at world show

 Rachel Scott of Social Circle is the proud breeder and owner of Alexis Acres' The Scotsman, who was recently named training level World Champion at the 37th annual Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show in Oklahoma City.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


City post office holds appreciation luncheon

Special delivery: On Nov. 5 Covington Post Master Shane Williams hosted an appreciation luncheon to present post office employees, past employees and surviving spouses of retired employees as well as veterans young and old. Covington Mayor Pro-Tem Hawnethia Williams shared her memories of past postal employees. Jackie B. Smith, clerk for Newton County Board of Commissioners, issued a proclamation from the BOC on behalf of all the retired postal workers and their families. The Rev. Hezekiah Benton of Bethlehem Baptist Church shared his thoughts America's veterans and gave thanks over the meal and for the postal employees.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arts Association inducts new board members, bids farewell to 5 others

 The Arts Association in Newton County recently announced five new members named to its Board of Directors and expressed gratitude to five outgoing board members.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stop sign violation turns into drug bust

What started out as a typical traffic stop ended up as a drug charge when deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office stopped a vehicle that reportedly blew through a stop sign Wednesday night.

December 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turner Lake Trail to be repaved, extended

The main pedestrian trail in Turner Lake Park is being repaved and will soon become much more accessible.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man robbed at gunpoint on Highway 81

An elderly man was reportedly robbed at gunpoint while walking down Ga. Highway 81 Monday afternoon.

December 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Merrymakers

Toy soldiers: The Newton High School Marine Corps JROTC program is once again conducting the Toys for Tots Drive in support of the nationwide Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. The JROTC also marched in Saturday's downtown Christmas parade. All the public schools in Newton County, as well as the Bank of North Georgia and several other businesses have volunteered to be collection points for toy donations. Newton ROTC cadets will also be standing in front of the Super Wal-Mart and Big Lots for the next two weekends from noon to 4 p.m. receiving toys. Any toy ...

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO launches Operation Safe Holiday on Newton Campus

Newton Campus students who obey the rules of the road will earn a free sandwich from Chick Fila during Operation Safe Holiday.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gov. to interview fifth judge final noms. on Dec. 14

Newton and Walton counties inched ever closer to getting a permanent fifth Superior Court Judge last week as Gov. Sonny Perdue scheduled interviews for the three finalists on Dec. 14.

December 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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