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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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City: Water line insurance not needed

Covington Public Works Director Billy Bouchillon is warning the city's water customers to be wary of insurance solicitations that are being mailed to customers.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Truth Squad: Bobby Sigman's new signs

Statement: Bobby Sigman's new campaign sign: "To lower your light bill elect Sigman mayor."

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC disagrees over recycling contract

Despite the fact Newton County's recycling centers are expected to cost the county $820,912 this year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners renewed its contract for service with Junior Hilliard General Services.

November 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Father, stepfather fight over 13-year-old

A fight between a father and stepfather over the alleged mistreatment of a 13-year-old boy led to the arrest of the child's father Monday afternoon.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Stolen steaks lead to arrest

Stolen meat found hidden underneath a car in the Kroger parking lot led to the arrest of 24-year-old Ashley Strawn Sunday afternoon.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Michael G. Meeks, violation of probation, continued on probation, pay $100 a month for three months; thereafter $169 a month.

November 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Turkey returned

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Missing man Galanty found by NCSO

Update, 5:47 p.m.: Missing person Harry Preston Galanty was located by the Newton County Sheriff's Office around 4:15 p.m. this afternoon.

November 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman fights with married boyfriend

A woman who called authorities on the father of her child was ultimately the one arrested Wednesday evening.

November 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Q & A with the Covington candidates

The Covington mayor's race has dominated the conversation this election season, but partially lost in the shuffle are the two contested East Ward council races.

November 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Have you seen this turkey?

Have you seen this turkey?

November 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested after package store crash

A 61-year-old Covington man was arrested for DUI after getting into an accident in front of a liquor store Thursday night.

November 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fall Fair is at Stonecrest through Sunday

The Fall Fair at Stonecrest will be leaving at the end of the week.

November 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A look inside the county landfill

James Peters has a dirty job, but he doesn't hide it. Ask him and he'll say that he's simply a garbage man.

November 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Body found at school not victim of foul play

The person found dead in a car outside Live Oak Elementary Monday afternoon was not the victim of foul play.

October 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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