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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


Board could know NMC parter in Jan.

The Newton Medical Center (NMC) expects to pick an equity partner in January, according to a presentation given by CEO Jim Weadick at a meeting of the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Elderly woman dies in Oxford fire

An 88-year-old Oxford woman's body was found after a housefire Tuesday morning.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Contentious debate precedes curfew vote

Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people's children during Monday's work session.

November 18, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | 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 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Historic courthouse featured in new book

The courthouses of Georgia's 159 counties hold the keys to the history of individual families and entire communities alike. From their primary role as the temples of justice for our court system to their better known function as the official repository of public records for significant life events, these buildings anchor many of Georgia's town squares.

November 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hollywood finds new home in Georgia

If you haven't noticed, Georgia has become a hotbed for the film industry in recent years.

November 15, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


A family running out of options

Just days before 21-year-old Mary Elizabeth Hopkins passed away, her father, Mike, stood in the driveway of their Covington home at dawn and listened to her singing in her bedroom. Mary Elizabeth was known for her love of music, and would often sing to herself and her family.

November 15, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Car tag design up for vote

The design for Georgia's next car tag is up for a vote.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


New laws coming July 1

The start of the month marks the enactment date for a slew of new state laws in Georgia. Here's an update:Among the laws set to take effect July 1:

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Odds are good for rain for Tuesday

There's a 50-50 chance for rain after 2 p.m. today in Newton County, with the National Weather Service saying we could receive a quarter-to-half-inch of precipitation this afternoon.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Body of drown victim found in Lanier

BUFORD - The body of a 33-year-old swimmer missing in Lake Lanier has been found.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woodstock man dies in kiddie pool

WOODSTOCK - Police are investigating how a man died in a plastic kiddie pool outside a Woodstock home.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Atlanta Foster mom wins $300,000

ATLANTA - A longtime foster mother has won $300,000 from the Georgia Lottery.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - June 26

Take advantage of low cost fresh fruits and vegetables by freezing and canning now. Strawberries, peaches, and onions are all at their lowest price point, so you can store these for the coming fall and winter months when prices will increase. Be sure to follow proper guidlines for canning and freezing so you'll have high quality, safe foods to eat this winter. For more frugal living tips, visit www.OneFabulousMama.com.

June 26, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Celebrating Freedom

Newton County Events

June 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carter to shape policy for Georgia cities

Covington Mayor Kim Carter will have a major role in shaping public policy for Georgia's cities, after being named to the board of directors for the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Back 2 School Block Party needs sponsors

Sponsors are being sought for the annual Back 2 School Block Party, which provides school supplies to needy students.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Search continues for Castillo killer

Nearly a month after his death and the search for the killer or killers of Manuel Samano Castillo continues.

June 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CJ Orchards still peachy after 30 years

Taking a bite out of a peach from CJ Orchards is like biting into a water balloon; the explosion of flavor upon the first bite will send a sweet river of juices down your shirt.

June 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Comparing Covington's electricity costs

Covington uses profits from electricity sales to subsidize other government operations; that's no secret. But, how does that affect residents' bottom line, and do they pay more for power than other Georgians?

June 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trooper in fatal shooting back at work

The Georgia State Patrol trooper who shot and killed a man who was allegedly threatening his life is back at work.

June 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rough Times

If you play The Oaks Course often enough, chances are you'll eventually run into Landon Cheek working in the pro shop. Cheek is a Newton graduate and currently a student at West Georgia.

June 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


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