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Zoning changed for $22 million nursing home

A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.

April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued until 8 p.m.

A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tornado watch ends for Rockdale, Newton

UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazardous weather outlook remains in effect

The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.

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


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Receding waters: closed roads beginning to open

Newton County has been declared in a state of emergency by the governor after torrential downpours have forced the Yellow River to swell to mammoth proportions.

September 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More county roads closed due to flooding

According to Newton County Fire Chief Mike Satterfield the following roads are closed:

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Intoxicated woman stabs boyfriend with meat fork

Officers from the Covington Police Department responded to calls for help early Thursday morning after a woman reportedly stabbed a man with a fork.

September 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sprays home invader with pepper spray

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home on Hull Street in reference to a burglary in progress and reportedly found the intruder near the home, suffering the after effects of pepper spray.

September 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City: airport violates contract

The City of Covington could soon be running the municipal airport itself after the city council voted to conditionally terminate its contract with Atlanta East Aviation, the airport's current fixed-base operator.

September 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way to kick off fund raising campaign

Members of the Newton County United Way will hold a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Complex to kick off their fundraising season.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Family claims funeral protest was 'illegal'

The death of Lanny Perry Barnes officially closed his legal case, but the protest of his funeral in July brought back up a wave of emotions and once again left two grieving families in its wake.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Yellow River above flood stage, parts of Newton under flood warning

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue requested that President Barack Obama declare a state of emergency in the state after he issued an executive order doing the same for 17 counties affected by the heavy rains, including Newton County.

September 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


FEMA offers flood information

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river ...

September 22, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Congressman Marshall to hold town hall in Newton County

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga. 8th District) will hold a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Alcovy High School.

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowell's course

A very good cause: Shane Millwood and Joe Pittman were the winning team in the 2009 B.C. Crowell Scholarship Golf Tournament held Friday at the Oaks Golf Course. Tommy Hailey and Dick Schulz came in second place.

September 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flooding confirmed in Rockdale County

Flooding has been confirmed around Lake Capri, Lake Sorrento and Bond Lakes in Rockdale County. Several houses and roads near Lakes Capri and Sorrento are flooded, including several streets surrounding Lake Capri and Lake Sorrento. Residents are being evacuated.

September 21, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Phi Omicron Zeta has a successful first full Year

The Phi Omicron Zeta Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has been successful in its first full year of serving the Covington/Conyers area of Georgia. The chapter was chartered in March 2008, and began its first full year in Sept. 2008. The sorority was founded on the principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood.

September 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men kick in door of home while teenager is inside

A teenage girl was home alone when two men reportedly kicked in the door and entered her home.

September 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local artists display their masterpieces

Several artists received prizes Friday evening for the work they submitted to the Southern Heartland Art Gallery's Artful Harvest show.

September 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


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