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Tornado watch issued until 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 3 p.m. for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat 'hop' to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

April 19, 2015 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Bear Creek permit still not close

Despite spending more than $21 million to date on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, Newton County appears nowhere close to obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which recently questioned the continued need for the project as well as the information presented in the county's application.

April 19, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Running in the rain

The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heart of a Champion

A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


School system figures out what it will be

What kind of school system will Newton County be in the next five years?

April 18, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


CMS community based class wins 1st place

The Cousins Middle School Community Based Instruction Class received first place national and state Youth Recognition Awards at both the annual Keep America Beautiful (KAB) National Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. and the annual Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) State Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. The class was nominated by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) for its outstanding recycling efforts in our community.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special called meeting for Hwy. 278 Improvement Association

The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association, Inc. will hold its sixth Board of Directors meeting Friday, April 24 at the Covington/Newton Office of Economic Development.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS students win awards at State Science Fair

Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Free ribs coming

Shane's Rib Shack in Covington is holding their annual Rib Giveaway on May 16. The first 100 guests at Shane's Rib Shack on that day will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carl Vinson Institute facilitation proposal

The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Gingrich talks testing presidential bid today

ATLANTA - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will talk about his plans to begin raising money to test whether a bid for the GOP presidential nomination is feasible.

March 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


House panel OKs horse racing resolution

ATLANTA - A House panel has approved legislation that could pave the way for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia.

The constitutional amendment would allow voters in local communities to decide whether to allow gambling on horse racing.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: Man stuffed chicken in pants

ROME, Ga. - Authorities say a north Georgia man was arrested after police say he stuffed a rotisserie chicken, chicken wings, a mouth guard and two toothbrushes down the front of his pants and walked out of a Walmart without paying for the items.

March 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tuned in to Dark Shadows

Growing up watching "Dark Shadows," Oxford College history professor David Leinweber had no idea that decades later his love for the cult hit would inspire him to pen songs that have attracted national attention and even a phone call from one of the show's stars, nearly 40 years after the show went off the air.

March 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County reserves low

The economic downturn apparently hit Newton County much harder than surrounding counties and similar-sized counties around the state.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Richard Bellairs: A life of service

Whether it was ensuring that a child had a toy at Christmas through the Empty Stocking Fund or tallying Sunday school attendance at First United Methodist Church, community service was second nature for Richard E. (Dick) Bellairs.

March 02, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Airport authority names chairman

The Covington Municipal Airport Authority elected officers and set its meeting schedule in its inaugural session on Monday.

March 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dedicated to the department

Four of the finest: The Covington Police Department honored four of their finest Tuesday night with a retirement reception at 1138 Monticello Street. (from left) Captain Willie Davis, Captain Barney Anglin and Officer Oscar Rogers have a combined 92 years of service between them to the city. Not pictured is administrative assistant Chris Harrison who was honored for her 24 years of service. All retired in 2010.

March 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County joins “Secure Communities”

Newton County is one of the latest counties to join the "Secure Communities" program, which seeks to curb illegal immigration in Georgia.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Burglar found naked in school ceiling

Officers responding to a burglary call at Cousins Middle School in the wee hours of the morning Saturday got more than they bargained for when they eventually found their suspect naked in the school ceiling.

March 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Shining light lost: Carrie Freeman dies

A shining light went out in Newton County last week.

February 28, 2011 | | LOCAL


Tornado watch in effect through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Newton County, Rockdale County and much of north Georgia through 8 p.m.

February 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn states intent to buy railroad

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan sent a letter of intent to Norfolk Southern Monday to state Newborn's "strong interest in purchasing the railroad right of way (for) Rails to Trails in Newton County."

February 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County discusses reduced budget, employee morale

Not only will Newton County's property tax digest decline next year, but the board of commissioners won't even know exactly how much until July 1.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thief tries to give employees the slip

A 17-year-old girl was arrested Friday afternoon, after allegedly attempting to shoplift from Rite-Aid.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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