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Toy Ride to be held Dec. 13

The Newton County Sheriff's Office 16th annual Toy Ride will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 to help benefit local children for Christmas.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shopping small businesses Saturday

At this year's Lighting of the Tree event on the Covington Square, visitors could stop at a table displaying promotions for "Shop small, shop local."

November 24, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Stolen truck chase ends in crash at used car lot

A stolen truck chase that started in DeKalb County ended with a crash in Rockdale at a used car lot Sunday morning.

November 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bear Creek figures come to light

Campaign contributions from Schnabel Engineering to a Newton County commissioner who, along with the rest of the board, will consider a proposal to allow the company to carry out tens of thousands of dollars worth of additional surveys for the Bear Creek reservoir appear to undermine recent county efforts to increase transparency surrounding the project.

November 23, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to begin airport improvement plan

There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Juvenile problems could lead to curfew

A brick was tossed through the window of Firehouse Subs on Hwy. 278 at around 4:56 a.m. on Sept. 10. Shortly after, another brick was tossed into Metro PCS, followed by a third burglary alarm at Little Caesars just after 5:30 a.m.

November 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Light up the holidays

The Covington News and Mainstreet Covington are teaming up to shine a little light on the 2014 Holiday season.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS to be recognized for improving student behavoir

Five schools in the Newton County School System are being recognized by the state superintendent's office for their work using the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support program, or PBIS.

November 22, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Santa comes to The News

Santa's elves are busy stocking his sleigh for his global flight, but Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself will take some time at The Covington News before Christmas Eve.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County prepares for winter

As some northern states struggle to cope with record snowfall, Newton County is slated to receive more than $22,000 of plow and sanding equipment that should improve services and help avoid costly and dangerous accidents.

November 22, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


The real cost of Thanksgiving

MACON, Ga. – The national average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 increased less than 1 percent this year from last, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 29th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Price Survey. The informal survey, conducted from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 by 179 volunteer shoppers from 35 states, shows the national retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner is $49.41, a 37-cent price increase from last year's average of $49.04. That makes the cost per person $4.94, less than the cost of most fast-food meals.

November 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bomb threat called in to Bard

An employee monitoring the switchboard at Bard, on Industrial Blvd. in Covington, received a phone call at 12:47 p.m. Tuesday, stating "There's a bomb and it will go off in 10 minutes."

November 21, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County approves Old Atlanta Hwy cell tower

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new, 150-foot cell tower at 10816 Old Atlanta Highway Tuesday evening.

November 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$21 million spent to date on Bear Creek

Newton County has spent approximately $21.6 million dollars on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir since 1998, with the bulk of those funds going towards land acquisition, County Attorney Tommy Craig revealed Tuesday during a Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.

November 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Third person arrested in Smith murder

Jamarcus Tyrone Smith, of Covington, was the third person arrested in the investigation of the murder of 29-year-old Newton County resident Demario Smith.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Covington Y presents “Get Off the Couch Week”

Do you want to avoid the Holiday Slump? The Covington YMCA will be hosting "Get Off the Couch Week" Nov. 12-19 to help you get active and stay active. All group exercise classes will be offering new music and new moves to help keep your workout fresh. Prizes will be awarded to members for attendance and bringing friends to join the fun!

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP wins awards

The Newton County NAACP chapter won two awards at the annual state conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at the Marriott in Atlanta.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Banks aid elderly with crime prevention

For the second year in a row, Newton Federal Bank has joined with the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association to ensure that 40,000 veterans living in 160 state veteran nursing homes in the U.S. are able to live out their lives in safe, secure, enhanced quality of life environments free from the daily fear of crime, abuse, neglect, hostility and deprivation of personal freedom, as provided through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation's Senior Crimestoppers program.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC moves to add county manager

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift away from the chairman after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a county manager who will report directly to the board of commissioners.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

COVINGTON

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Smallwood, Dunn win Mansfield seats

In Mansfield's two contested races, Marty Smallwood defeated incumbent Orville McGunigal for the Post 1 race, and Lisa Dunn beat out David NaDell in the open Post 4 race.

November 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Elections held today

Check back to this page tonight for breaking elections results. In the meantime, make sure you take the time to vote. Elections in Covington historically have a small turnout. In 2007, there were only 1,309 votes cast in the mayoral election, so every vote matters.

November 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC consensus to shift power to itself

The balance of power in Newton County's government is expected to shift after three county commissioners gave their consensus Monday night to hire a replacement administrative officer who will report directly to the board of commissioners, but no longer report to the chairman.

November 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chairman against county manager switch

Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan does not want the board of commissioners to create a county manager position before the matter has been studied and presented to the public.

November 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Candidates late filing campaign reports

Several Covington and Porterdale candidates owe at least one fine to the State Ethics Commission for filing a campaign report late, but nearly all of them have at least filed the required reports.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Indian Creek Golf Club to close Nov. 28

Golfing was one of the first activities to decline during the economic downturn. Four years later, Bryan Raines hasn't seen enough improvement.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to talk gov’t change Monday

The future of Newton County's government will be discussed at a work session at 7 p.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse when county commissioners discuss whether to switch to a full-time county manager system.

November 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cheer championship results

The Newton County Recreation Commission held its annual cheerleading competition Saturday at Alcovy High School. Four division champions were crowned. The Bulldogs took the Training League title, edging out a spirited effort from the Tide while the Seminoles captured the Division 1 championship in the second event of the day. In Division 2 it was the group representing the LSU Tigers that took home the first-place trophy, staving off a fierce challenge from the Gators. In the final meet of the day, the Gators set the tone with a stirring performance to open the Division 3 competition and looked like ...

November 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Turkey Day Tip of the Week - Nov. 6

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends at your house this year? Suggest a potluck. If you provide the turkey, ask everyone else to bring a side dish. This strategy will definitely lower your costs! Not only is this a cost saving measure, but everyone will feel more involved in making the holiday meal special. You can always ask each person to bring his or her specialty and then, fill in the holes in the menu accordingly.

November 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Suspect flees officer, leaves behind pink bike

While patrolling U.S. Highway 278 near West Street in the wee hours of Thursday morning, officers noticed a man riding his bike in the middle of the road.

November 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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