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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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United buys McIntosh bank building

United Bank has purchased the 16,684-square foot McIntosh Commercial Bank building on U.S. Highway 278 for $2.25 million.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Deputies search for bandits

Police are searching for bandits who robbed a Shell station on Brown Bridge Road on New Year's Day.

January 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County didn’t refund Bridgestone taxes

Bridgestone Golf will not receive an $83,000 tax refund from Newton County for taxes it overpaid in 2006 and 2007, after the Board of Commissioners let the matter lapse.

January 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ozburn honored

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn has been named recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia Bar Association.

January 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford may hire city manager

The Oxford City Council voted Monday to consider changing the city's form of government to one led by a full-time city manager.

January 04, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Rams win Wingslinger Holiday Bash

Newton's boys finished returned home with a tournament championship thanks to a 54-50 win over Cedar Shoals in the final of the inaugural Wingslinger Holiday Bash at East Jackson Thursday.

January 03, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wreck snaps Salem Road power pole

Power is out along portions of Salem Road today after a green Volvo sedan crashed into a power pole and snapped the top from the pole about 2 p.m. today near Golfview Drive.

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Linda Hayden to retire

Newton County schools have announced that Linda Hayden, associate superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, will retire, effective June 30.

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy arrested for simple battery

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested New Year's Eve and charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act.

January 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


What's next in 2011

Welcome to 2011.

January 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prayer breakfast to be held Friday

Tickets remain for the Newton County Legislature Prayer Breakfast, which will be held at 7 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex in Covington.

December 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eagle Scout demystifies wetlands pier

Nic Walter has unraveled the mysteries surrounding the pier next to Covington City Hall, and he's sharing that knowledge with others.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for child molestation

A 50-year-old Newton County man has been charged with child molestation, just six months after his arrest for family violence.

December 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tourism spending down

Like the rest of the economy, tourism was down in Newton County in 2009, but visitors still spent an estimated $72.75 million with local merchants.

December 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Medical earns honors

Pulmonary service and gastrointestinal medical treatment at Newton Medical Center have earned Top 10 rankings from HealthGrades.

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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