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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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Henderson: District 4 treated unfairly

Commissioner J.C. Henderson's decision to try to get Newton County cut off from federal funding has angered leaders around the community.

November 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested in armed robbery that shut down Wal-Mart

Willard Anthony Montgomery, age 52, was arrested today and charged with armed robbery and use of a hoax devise in robbery of United Bank that shut down Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

November 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


East Metro Hosts Saturday H1N1 Clinics

East Metro Health District will host H1N1 vaccination clinics at the Newton County Health Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 for CDC priority groups.

The vaccine will be available to persons who fall into the priority groups recommended by the CDC:

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local Scout completes Eagle project

During the Newton county school system fall break, most kids took it easy, vacationed or slept in and enjoyed relaxing with their friends.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cheer champions

Newton's best: The Cousins Middle School Competition Cheerleading Squad recently won the Newrock Cheerleading Championship. They also won the title of Newton County Champions for the second year in a row. Individual awards were also won by Hannah Green for the Tumble Off and Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Jenna Hicks, Mishay Allen and Kayla Aaron for the Lib Off. Pictured above are: Front row: Kaitlyn Bouchillon, Alex Garner. Second row: Delani Kitchens, Madison Fortt. Third row (kneeling): Madison Sauls, Mishey Allen, Kayla Aaron, Cori Rogers, Hallie Wheeler, Hailee Patilleo, Hannah Green. Back row (standing): Mandy Rape, Elizabeth McDaniel, Jenna Hicks, Coach ...

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff's Office investigator tracks online child predators

Attention: this story contains graphic details of an undercover investigator that works to apprehend online predators.

As an investigator with the Newton County Sheriffs Office, Sharron Stewart works with runaways and child molestations and the families of missing persons. She also assists on the more gruesome felonies such as homicides, but it's her part-time position that garners the most attention: her work as an undercover investigator in charge of catching online predators.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Douglas to run for 4th state senate term

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced he will run for a fourth Senate term in the 2010 race.

Douglas represents District 17, which includes Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties, and has been a state senator since January 2005. He said his experience, including a term in the Georgia House and on the Newton County Board of Education, make him the best candidate in 2010.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local food banks nearly empty as holidays approach

Local food banks are hoping that thankful citizens will share the wealth this holiday season and help re-stock their bare pantries.

According to Rosalee Thompson who works with the Newton County Community Food Pantry, they are exceedingly low right now and need all the help they can get from citizens.

November 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas announces 2010 reelection bid

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced today his bid for a fourth term in the 2010 race.

November 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa’s Helpers

Rotarians or elves? As sure as St. Nick is readying his gifts for all of the good boys and girls in Newton County, the members of Rotary are getting ready to help him. Rotarians will be taking applications for their annual stocking delivery from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday at the Salvation Army located at 5193 Washington Street. You must have a driver's license or some type of proof that you reside in Newton County. Pictured above are Rotary elves Andrea Hammond, left, Brooks Collins, Jonny Tatum and Mike Petroff (sitting).

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get your benefit verification before the winter chill sets in

It's that time of year again - when people in many parts of the country feel a new chill in the air each morning, and put an extra quilt or blanket on the bed.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Doing the right thing

Good deed: Ryan Hurst, 7, found $600 in the Kids R Great Day Care parking lot. He told his mom he needed to take it inside to turn it in. Shawn Moore, left, a Clayton County fireman had lost the money. According to Moore, he was sure the cash would never be turned in, and was delighted that good deeds still happen.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shoulder and elbow specialist to practice at Resurgens Covington

Robert J. Morgan, M.D., will join Resurgens Orthopaedics, Georgia's largest orthopaedic practice. Dr. Morgan is currently seeing patients at the Resurgens Covington office 3211 Iris Drive; (770) 787-4042.

November 15, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No good deed goes unpunished

When 17-year-old Chase Childers agreed to help a stuck motorist early Sunday morning he never dreamed that his good deed would land him in the hospital and take away the use of his left leg for several weeks.

November 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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