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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


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Your Thursday briefing

Good morning! Here's a roundup of what's happening in the world today:

July 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Cycling Gran Prix comes to Newton

The streets of downtown Covington and surrounding area in Newton County will be very busy this weekend. No, it's not because of road construction. Instead the streets will be full of bicycles.

July 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wolverine Gym recognized for history

For a historian like Flemmie Pitts, being able to walk into the renovated Wolverine Gym is an experience to treasure.

July 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watch out for lightning

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for excessive lightning in Newton, Morgan and Jasper Counties until 6:15 p.m. Here's the radar.

July 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Your Wednesday briefing

Good day!

July 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Entreprenuers remain active in Newton

Angie Day found herself earlier this year without full-time work, and the proposition of taking another paralegal job wasn't enticing.

July 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man's truck strikes girlfriend

A Covington man was arrested early Saturday after allegedly running his girlfriend over with his truck.

July 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


From Broadway to Covington

The Arts Association's first Musical Theatre Camp will present a medley of Broadway songs and choreography at 7 p.m. Friday at Newton High School's Porter Auditorium.

July 19, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Bunco group donates to library

Mary Mansker heard the Newton County Library System was short on money, so she and the Surrey Chase neighborhood Bunco group decided they would help by donating money from their monthly game gathering.

July 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Your briefing for Tuesday

Good morning:

July 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Dally runs for Social Circle mayor

The race for Social Circle's mayor has drawn a third candidate, Hal W. Dally.

July 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bandit fails in Dollar General theft

A gunman tried to rob a Dollar General employee Sunday morning but was thwarted when the employee managed to lock herself inside her car.

July 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington man arrested in copper theft

A man reportedly seen crawling from under a house with a bag filled with copper pipes was arrested Friday on a felony burglary charge.

July 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


Your Monday morning briefing

Good morning!

July 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fight leads to disorderly conduct arrest

A panicked mother called police for help Monday afternoon when a group of young men reportedly began beating on her child.

July 17, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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