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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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GOP welcomes 2010 candidates

Many local Republicans had their first chance to hear from the Republican gubernatorial candidates, and they came away impressed.

August 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CFD will be first responders for some county areas

 Some Newton County residents are going to receive quicker fire service thanks to an automatic aid agreement signed between the county and Covington fire departments.

August 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man pretends to be an officer by using car lights

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for a man who reportedly pulled a woman over on Interstate 20 by impersonating an officer.

August 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - August 26

o Michael Edward Eskew, 45, Conyers, Aug. 9. Probation violation.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County homeless shelter to hold fundraiser

 The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, located off Turner Lake Circle, is in need of donations to help pay for the center's basic operating expenses, so Director Rev. Clara Lett is hosting a fundraising dinner and event-filled evening at the Church of Covington on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.

August 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The long road to reconciliation

James Henderson is many things, a husband and father, an intelligent man who owned his own business and an animal lover. But for five weeks in the summer of 2004, he was also one of the most elusive thieves in the state.

August 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Looking for litter

Newton County's annual litter index is in - and the results are somewhat disappointing. According to Keep Covington/NewtonBeautiful Director Connie Waller, the numbers have gone up and the county is back to the number they started at in 2001.

The litter index is an annual look at Newton County by districts. Members and volunteers of KCNB ride with a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy around the county on interstates, city and county streets and rural roads and assess the litter on a numerical scale. Members visit the same areas each year and rate the areas on a scale ...

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Elderly woman swindled

An elderly woman was hesitant to report a theft at her home because she reportedly told police she was embarrassed she had been swindled.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, an elderly woman, around 75 years old, was allegedly sitting on her front porch when she noticed a newer model metallic beige GMC truck - possibly a club cab, circle the block and then pull into the driveway of her home.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Truck stolen from Newton Public Works

Newton County Public Works took a major hit late Thursday night or early Friday morning when thieves made off with several things - including a truck.

According to reports from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a worker for the county arrived at the public works facility at around 6:30 a.m. Friday and immediately noticed the bay doors to the rear of the building was open and a door to the front of the building was unlocked as well.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County budget not cut

The Board of Commissioners did not cut nearly $1 million from the county budget Tuesday night, because Chairman Kathy Morgan and the finance staff recommended that the county wait to see how much money came in through taxes and other revenues later this fiscal year before making any budget cuts or changes.

August 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County budget to be cut by $1 million

County employees are watching every dollar they spend. With the Board of Commissioner preparing to cut nearly $1 million more from the budget, every dime and penny will now have to be called into question.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau collects food to help hungry Georgians

The Newton County Farm Bureau is collecting staple food items and monetary donations until Sept. 11 during the statewide Harvest for All Campaign, coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau, in an effort to help Georgians in need. The donations collected will be distributed to the Eight Food Banks throughout Georgia.

August 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Group makes plans for a greener Newton County

Josephine Kelly wants more locally grown foods to be sold in restaurants and at a downtown market. Frank Turner Jr. wants to see more agriculture and biotechnology jobs. James Woodard wants a more agriculture and greenspace-focused curriculum in the school system. Clara Deemer wants more residents and tourists to use the county's rivers and trails.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Start your engines

The roar of engines filled the silence at Georgia International Horse Park as nine rail buggies pulled into the grass for their close-up Saturday morning. What began as Ted Trammell's lone project to build his own rail buggy in 2004 quickly turned into Georgia Rail, a club of twelve.

August 16, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Newton County man charged in Atlanta vehicular homicide

A Newton County man has been charged with vehicular homicide after striking and killing a 6-year-old girl as she was stepping off a MARTA bus Tuesday.

August 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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