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Local educators named to advisory board

Two people from the Newton County School System have been handpicked to join Governor Nathan Deal's Education Advisory Boards.

December 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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HERO operator dies in wreck

ATLANTA - Authorities say a Georgia Department of Transportation "HERO" operator has been killed while helping a motorist on Interstate 85 south of downtown Atlanta.

Authorities say the crash happened late Monday morning near the Metropolitan Parkway exit. The Georgia State Patrol says the operator had stopped in an emergency lane on I-85 and was outside the vehicle. Authorities say a truck pulling a trailer struck the HERO truck, which then collided with the operator. All the southbound lanes of I-85 were closed for a time after the wreck.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State fees bring in less than expected

ATLANTA - Extra fees Georgia lawmakers imposed last year on lead-footed drivers and others to bolster low state revenues without politically risky tax increases are bringing in far less cash than projected, according to an Associated Press review.

The AP's review of state data showed the fees on hospitals, court filings and even lobbyists have brought in tens of millions of dollars less than budget writers had counted on. The disappointing collections contributed to new Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to lower the revenue estimate for the current fiscal year, effectively giving the already cash-strapped state less money to spend.

January 31, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fuel the streak

There's no love lost between Newton and Stephenson especially while Derrick Henry is a Ram.

January 30, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Gov. Nathan Deal's Newton ties

A 16-year-old boy walked to the podium, dressed in a fine suit and tie. His hair was slicked back, accentuating a long face broken up by horn-rimmed glasses and a thin, confident smile. And when he spoke, people listened.

January 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Extension Office does it all

The Newton County Extension Office, located in the administrative building at 1113 Usher Street, is mystery to some. Providing valuable agricultural education and community services, the obscure office is often mistaken as the county's phone directory.

January 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Reward offered in gun store robbery

The Atlanta Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of the four men responsible for the armed robbery of Direct Gold Outlet Thursday afternoon.

January 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rams' comeback falls short

Rockdale earned the season split with Newton after holding serve at home with a 66-55 win Saturday. But it wasn't easy.

January 29, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newton Classic spotlights youth and livestock

Peppermint Pattie, called "P" for short, can't stand the color pink.

January 29, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Share the Dress

Proms were always special for Miranda Tamaska.

January 28, 2011 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


The floors aren’t the only thing that shine at Newton Medical Center

To say Greg Ceaser is committed to his job would be an understatement. Along with his housekeeping staff, Ceaser ensures that Newton Medical Center operates cleanly and efficiently and according to all industry guidelines and standards. He obtained his Certified Healthcare Environmental Services Professional designation from the American Hospital Association in 2004 and works diligently to acquire 45 hours of continuing education every three years to remain certified. He was recertified this month. The CHESP certification covers a variety of areas including human resources, financial management and leadership, as well as environmental services such as biohazardous waste removal and cleaning ...

January 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trial date set for Lakemper case

More than five years after the death of hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, her alleged shooter, Cobey Wade Lakemper, is scheduled to face a Newton County jury in a death penalty trial.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber honors announced

Covington dentist Melvin O'Neal Baker is the recipient of the R.O. Arnold Award, given annually by the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce.

January 27, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Rams in command

It's not often you get a regular season matchup between two Final Four teams from the previous year but that's what Newton faced Wednesday on the road at Westlake. And while the Rams lost in last year's semifinals and Westlake went on to play for a state title, it was Newton rolling to a 74-61 win.

January 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Bandits bind clerk, steal guns

Authorities are searching for four men who reportedly tied up a clerk and robbed her at gunpoint at Direct Gold and Pawn on Ga. Highway 36 today.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CovNews photo reprints

The Covington News photographs many events each week and you may not know it, but we also upload those photos - hundreds of photos - to our website. We do this so that you, our valued reader, can see what didn't make it into our print edition and even purchase your favorites.

January 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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