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Legal costs, landfill committee, raises dominate BOC meeting

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was dominated by spirited discussions of the county's legal spending, the citizen landfill committee and employee raises.

April 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


NCSS destroys stock of Blue Bell ice cream

After the recall of Blue Bell ice cream products, Newton County School System has removed all of the brand's ice cream from its stock Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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


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Citizens, officials favor 2011 form of gov't

County officials and citizens alike expressed frustration with the current form of government and appeared to favor returning to a model closer to that which was in place before 2011 during a public hearing Thursday night.

February 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd. Bridge almost done

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington is almost back to 100 percent after a dump truck damaged the overpass in August 2014.

February 06, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn, Covington hosting Arbor Day events

Arbor Day celebrations are coming soon in Covington and Newborn, offering Newton County citizens a preview of spring despite the current cold temperatures.

February 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS students win big at regional science fair

Newton County School System middle and high school students brought home numerous awards in the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair, Overall 10 projects earned first place awards, nine projects received second place awards and seven projects won third place awards. All students winning first place awards will move on to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia in March.

February 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC feels the heat from angry citizens

The Newton County Board of Commissioners felt the full force of citizens' anger Tuesday night as the fallout over County Attorney Tommy Craig's reappointment continues to unfold.

February 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


SR81 traffic alignment coming Tuesday

A traffic shift to a newly constructed alignment of Brown Road next to Livingston Elementary School is planned for State Route 81 in Covington from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arbor Day celebrations Feb. 14, 20

Arbor Day celebrations are coming soon in Covington and Newborn, offering Newton County citizens a preview of spring despite the current cold temperatures.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man stabbed in arm at Summerset

A blood trail from a Conyers man has the Newton County Sheriff's Office investigating a stabbing that took place Monday evening at Greeleaf Road.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSS students named to Student Advisory Council

State School Superintendent Richard Woods has selected 64 Georgia students to serve on his 2015 Student Advisory Council and three of those students are from Newton County School System.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington announces fire chief finalists

Covington City Manager Leigh Ann Knight announced the city of Covington has three finalists for its open position of Fire Chief at Monday night's city council meeting.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Carlton Trail project is go; Clark St stalls

Sidewalks were a hot topic during Monday's Covington City Council meeting with one area set to get some and the other not having a project completed.

February 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hearing for Atlanta to dump into South River, Feb. 5

The city of Atlanta is reportedly seeking a permit from the Ga. Environmental Protection Division that effectively allows Atlanta to dump more biological and solid pollution into the South River, which starts in Fulton County and flows through Rockdale and Newton counties before ending at Lake Jackson.

February 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two homes damaged in Dove Cove

Two residences in the Dove Cove neighborhood of Social Circle were vandalized Saturday when a rock was thrown in their respective windows.

February 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Spin out on I-20 leads to DUI arrest

A spinout on I-20 resulted in the arrest on Hwy. 278.of Dwight Johnson early Monday morning, at 12:42 a.m.

February 02, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Jeffares: SB1 passes, Hawks visit

This week, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a week-long recess to analyze the Governor's budget recommendations. Having only completed eight days of the 2015 session, business is quickly starting to pick-up as lawmakers continue to file legislation and begin the committee process.

February 02, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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