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Three NCSS teachers receive grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence announces the recipients of the Fall 2014 ReImagine Newton Classroom Grants.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NHS JROTC accepting Toys for Tots

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program invites the students, clubs and organizations of all Newton County Schools to join it in assisting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with their annual Toys for Tots drive.

November 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Two men caught after burglarizing water authority

On Thursday Oct. 15, the Newton County Water Authority contacted the Newton County Sheriff's Office because of multiple burglaries they had been having at their facility on Brown Bridge Road. Through a collaborative effort between the Water Authority and NCSO, deputies were able to apprehend two individuals who were illegally on the property of the Water Authority facility at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 15. Christopher Brewer, age 21 of Covington and 23-year-old Matthew Ford of Monticello both have been arrested and charged with criminal interference with government property, criminal trespass, obstruction of officers, and loitering ...

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO Traffic Unit provides free driving safety class for parents and teens

Changes in Joshua's Law for teen drivers put parents squarely in the passenger's seat. It requires that anyone who applies for a permanent driver's license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that the candidate has completed 40 hours (with six hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has successfully completed an approved driver education course.

Most parents don't feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do, to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel. But parental involvement is key to reducing ...

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint

Newton County Sheriff Deputy Priscilla Tyree responded to a robbery call Monday night in The Enclave subdivision.

October 21, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Woman knew burglar who broke into home

A Covington woman had her home broken into by two men on Oct. 16.

October 21, 2009 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Newborn Council Briefs

 Newborn City Council held a meeting on Oct. 5.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NMC’s Wound Care Center receives 2 state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers

 A large 18-wheeler truck will pull up to The BirthCare Center entrance at Newton Medical Center on Oct. 15 loaded with two new Sechrist hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A tasty donation

Pasta for police: Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806 recently sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds to purchase much-needed Level III bullet-proof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Department. Shown left to right are Captain Doug Kitchens, Elks State President Larry Capes, Exalted Ruler Butch Woodruff and Sheriff Ezell Brown. To donate contact the NCSO at (678) 625-1400.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man sentenced to life for murder of his girlfriend

It took a Newton County jury less than an hour to convict 56-year-old Rick Ray Breedlove of the death of his former girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott then sentenced him to life in prison plus five years for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Nov. 6, 2007, a call came in to Newton County 911. No one spoke on the tape, but what could clearly be heard were three piercing screams from Spencer and then two loud gunshots. After there was silence, save for the heavy breathing and groaning coming from ...

October 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Harristown to get senior living facility

 The Harristown Neighborhood will be getting a $9 million affordable senior housing facility in late 2010 or early 2011.

October 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Walton County Sheriff's Office employee dies at DeKalb Tech

A Walton County Sheriff's employee died Friday during training at the DeKalb Technical College's law enforcement academy.

October 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Breedlove found guilty on all charges

A jury found Rick Ray Breedlove guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his then-girlfriend Pamela Spencer. Judge John Ott sentenced him to life in prison plus five years on the charges of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vioces from the past

On a damp, dreary mid October evening, visitors to the Historic Covington Cemetery were treated to more than tombstones and flowers. At nine selected graves around the cemetery, voices from the past told the story of each site's occupant. From preachers to gypsies, they told a variety of stories that all ended in death.

October 18, 2009 | Tyler Smith | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas seeks funding for recent Crowell Road damage

Sen. John Douglas recently began talks with state and federal Department of Transportation (DOT) officials in order to receive vital funds needed to repair the damage to Crowell Road in Newton County. A section of the essential access road to Interstate 20 at exit 88 was washed out in the recent flooding which devastated many communities in Georgia. Like many areas in Georgia that are facing significant budget shortfalls, Newton County was not able to foresee the need in this year's budget for the type of funds needed to fix severe damages associated with this natural disaster.

October 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benson found guilty

A jury found Franklin Elliott Benson guilty of murder Saturday evening and Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. sentenced the 49-year-old to life plus 11 years, as family members of both Benson, and the victim, cried.

October 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Benson takes the stand in murder trial

Franklin Elliott Benson took the stand Friday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he murdered Leslyan Williams nearly two years ago, and the inconsistencies jurors had been hearing throughout the prosecutions case were explained away by Benson who admitted to lying to anyone who asked about his whereabouts on Oct. 29, 2007.

October 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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