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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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Train with the Firefighter Explorers

For high schoolers considering a career in firefighting or those merely interested in what a firefighter's life is like, Newton County offers a firefighter explorer program. The group is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Through hands-on practice and small group lectures, aspiring firefighters gain an accurate depiction of what the profession is like, not only its merits, but also its difficulties. Explorers meet twice a month at a local station for about 90 minutes.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman flees after allegedly being beaten with belt

A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, local unemployment rates rise

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless shelter faces financial woes

Less than a week before Christmas, Pastor Clara Lett, director of the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, is worrying if the shelter will be able to keep its doors open.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves Ewing's SPLOST list

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Commissioner Mort Ewing's 6-year, $57.6 million SPLOST list by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, with Commissioner Earnest Simmons opposing.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Austin Scott named to two House committees

Eighth Congressional District Rep-elect Austin Scott has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner to be honored at 6:30 p.m.

District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons will be honored for his 4-year term of office tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Longest Night service today

Christmas is a time of celebration and excitement, with parties, shopping, gift-giving, food, and time with family and friends.

December 21, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


SPLOST set for vote tonight by county

Government officials and residents are split over the 2011 SPLOST list proposed by Commissioner Mort Ewing, but Ewing and commissioners Tim Fleming and J.C. Henderson have all said they will vote for it.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way short of goal

Newton County non-profits have bare food shelves, empty coat racks and dwindling bank accounts, but the local United Way should still raise $400,000 this year.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia population grows 18.3 percent

Georgia's stands to gain a Congressional seat as its population grew by 18.3 percent since 2000, according to data released today by the United States Census.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live Nativity at East Newton Baptist

East Newton Baptist Church will be adding a touch of dramatic flair to its annual Nativity presentation, "Mary, did you know: Living Nativity Drama", at 7 p.m. today through Wednesday. With the help of passionate director Scott Palma, the church hopes to breathe more life into the traditional Nativity.

December 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Curtain falls at Newborn Opry

A Christmas concert on Saturday marked the end of a 10-year run for the Newborn Opry.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Toy time: Covington Police Department Lt. Al Miller takes a local child shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program, where law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County. Other CPD officers and GBI Agents helped children load their carts with holiday cheer.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Class of 1974 Food Drive

In times of need: Pictured are NCHS Class of 1974 members Rhonda Mobley Lowe and Debbie Prescott Massey, along with Community Food Pantry representatives Bernice Bailey and OJ Sidwell, with a sampling of the food items the NCHS Class of 1974 donated to the food pantry in Covington during their annual holiday food drive. The Class of 1974 would like to challenge the other NCHS classes to join in the holiday spirit by having their own food drives for the Community Food Pantry.

December 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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