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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


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Local wins 2 GCGMA awards

Local resident Robert Rhoades has received awards from the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association. The awards are for "Songwriter of the Year" for his CD titled "Paths Across My Heart" and "Most Promising Entertainer of the Year" for 2009.

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tears of the Innocent

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

January 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Don’t be left out in the cold, prepare for winter weather

As a wave of arctic air rolls across the United States, Georgia faces bone-chilling temperatures and the possibility of snow. Because Georgia is not usually prone to extreme snow and ice, even small amounts can cause severe problems.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Visit ‘Party-dale’

Porterdale Downtown Manager Sandy Fowler presented a list of tentative events and festivals to the city council at their regular Monday night meeting.

January 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County hopes to use stimulus to fund roads

One of the county's "death trap" intersections, Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, should finally get a stoplight later this year.

January 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cold front

A winter weather advisory was issued for Newton County by the National Weather Service, advising residents of a strong chance of snow and ice Thursday afternoon and evening with near record-low temperatures.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up-to-date local weather forecast

Updated Thursday night to reflect school closings:

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport to remain closed for most of Jan.

Because of the unusually cold weather, the opening of the Covington Municipal Airport has once again been pushed back. The airport was scheduled to be open by today, but Horton said the airport won't be open until Jan. 22 at the earliest. He said the city, Dixie Jet, the DOT, the engineering firm PBS&J and Pittman Construction will discuss the possibility of partially opening the airport and runway. The airport has been closed since late September for runway reconstruction and other rehabilitation.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Holt to run for fourth Georgia house term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R- Social Circle) has announced that he will run for reelection and plans to continue to represent Newton and Walton Counties through his policy of fiscal conservatism.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Airport authority takes next step

The Covington City Council moved forward with the creation of an airport authority, despite concerns from some residents that the city was moving too quickly.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bright lights, big city

Students from Social Circle Theater have been accepted into the invitation-only 2010 Junior Theater Festival taking place in Atlanta Jan. 15-17.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Portrait painter to offer classes at Southern Heartland

Artist Linda Pflug has been chosen artist of the month at Southern Heartland Art Gallery. A transplant from Florida, Linda has been involved in the arts for 50 years and owned her own gallery in Fort Myers Florida. Pflug's work has won numerous national awards and appears in many corporate and private collections.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Additional charges brought against 4 arrested in Nichols' death

Additional charges have been filed against each of the four men accused of murdering Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols and dumping his body on a rural road in Social Circle.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale moves closer to city homestead tax exemption

The Porterdale City Council moved closer toward adopting a city homestead tax exemption for applicable residents at its Monday night meeting.

January 06, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


No traffic fatalities recorded during holiday weekend

Newton County had several vehicle accidents and DUI arrests over the holiday but no fatalities were recorded between Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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