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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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Church in the Now facing foreclosure

Church in the Now's properties on Iris Drive in Conyers are going into foreclosure, according to a March 10 listing.

The nondenominational megachurch entered into an $18.5 million agreement with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in June 2007 for the properties and buildings at 1873, 1875 and 1877 Iris Drive.The market value of 1873 Iris Drive was listed as $11.8 million in 2010 and the assessed value was listed as $4.7 million, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's office.

March 14, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton teen charged in rape of toddler

A 3-year-old was reportedly raped Saturday and a 19-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate may consider Sunday booze sales after all

ATLANTA - The issue of Sunday liquor sales may have found new life in the Senate now that the bill's sponsor sees renewed support for the measure.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Liberty Middle instructors honored

Two Liberty Middle School instructors were among 30 from across Georgia who were honored recently for their achievements in education at the United In Christ Forever's annual Unity Conference.

March 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At Home with the Hambys

Who: Bobby and Debra Hamby

March 13, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Friends help community center

Two years ago, Doug Vason and three friends donated $600 to the Washington Street Community Center.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Delia Fleming elected local GOP chair

The Newton County Republican Party elected local officials and state delegates Saturday morning as it prepares for the 2012 presidential election.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Abortion bill tabled in state Senate

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has tabled legislation that would have shut down abortion clinics in Georgia.

Senate Rules Committee chairman Don Balfour, a Republican from Snellville, said after a meeting Friday that he decided to table the bill because of concerns about significant changes added to the bill the day before.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students earn honors at science competition

Several Newton County students took honors in the recent Griffin RESA 2011 Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local mom to run in Miles for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

Kendra Losch is no athlete: She's just a mom who loves her children.

March 11, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


4-H: A trip to the Capitol

Newton 4-H'ers were honored at the State Capitol during Equine Youth Day. 4-H'ers honored were (L-R) Beau Worley, Indian Creek; Morgan Worley, Eastside; Cory Lytle, home school; Remington Warthen, Ficquett; Jessica Tabb, Heritage; and Cassie Warthen, Cousins. They were accompanied by volunteer 4-H leader Martha Worley.

March 11, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


2011 academic calendar approved

The school calendar for the 2011-2012 school year was approved Tuesday by the Newton County Board of Education, with a start date of Aug. 4.

March 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST early voting ends 5 p.m. today

If you don't vote by 5 p.m. today in the SPLOST election, you'll have to wait until the regular election on Tuesday.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Filming returns to downtown Covington

Filming in Covington began Thursday for NBC's made-for-TV movie "The Magic Eye" a tale about high school football in small town America.

March 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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