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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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County aims to help underinsured

Newton County officials believe they could receive federal stimulus money to open a health center in the county that would be able to more efficiently serve residents who have Medicaid or are uninsured.

January 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools must reschedule games

Last week's winter storm caused havoc throughout Newton County. It has also put the county's basketball teams in a situation where they'll need to make up two and even three games in the case of Alcovy and Newton.

January 15, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


MLK celebration Sunday

Newton County's 26th annual celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Memorial Auditorium.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y to hold open house Saturday

If you've been cooped up all week by the ice and cold, the Covington Family Y is staging an open house on Saturday that can help you get moving again.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer winter prediction falls flat

Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Work, services resume after roads clear

The cost of this week's winter weather won't be fully known until next week, but Covington has spent at least $26,718 this week on labor and materials.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scott positioned to rise in GOP ranks

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) has been making the national media rounds the past two weeks, sharing his views on the upcoming year after being voted president of the largest Republican Congressional freshman class in U.S. history.

January 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful wins $1K

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful has received $1,000 from Keep America Beautiful, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three recycling centers closing today

The county's recycling centers on Covington ByPass, McGiboney and Piper roads are all closing shortly because there is too much ice at those locations. They will reopen at noon on Friday, said Laurie Riley, with the Newton County Department of Development Services.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two dead in Ga. Highway 11 wreck

Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.

January 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores

Health inspection ratings for food providers in Newton County provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health Community Health Division.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frigid photos: Readers share snow shots

We asked you to share your photos of what it was like in the ice and snow in your neighborhood, and dozens of people have responded. Here's a sampling. See more in Wednesday's print edition, and coming in Friday's print edition.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice cleanup costly to state

ATLANTA - Georgia s shelling out up to $2 million a day cleaning up the winter storm that dumped ice and snow across the state, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Wednesday.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


HOPE faces cuts in Deal budget

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal preached austerity in his first State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiling an $18.2 billion budget proposal that will mean deep cuts to the state's popular HOPE scholarship program and a slimmed down state workforce.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


New library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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