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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


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


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Angry patient banned from office

Employees at a local doctor's office called for deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office after a regular patient yelled and threw things at the office staff.

September 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Sept. 4

Learn to make cheap food taste like a gourmet meal with a few simple tricks and some good, solid cooking know how. Cooking isn't some natural born talent. It's a skill just like any other and practice makes perfect.

September 04, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Dr. Patton’s office to partner with Emory University

The Emory Healthcare system continues its aggressive expansion in the Atlanta market, as it finalized an agreement Thursday to bring Newton Medical Associates into its primary care network.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No surprises in Covington mayor race

Rumors were flying around town Friday about last-minute entrants into the Covington mayor's race, but at the end of the day no one else stepped forward.

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Busy year for city candidate qualifying

It's a busy year for city elections in Newton County with five city mayors and 16 city council members up for election in Newton County and Social Circle in 2011, plus two school board seats in Social Circle.

September 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury hears 2008 child molestation case

More than three years since the accusation was first made, 47-year-old Steve Anthony Lam was in court to face charges that he molested his children's friend in the summer of 2008.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juvenile kicked out of daycare after running off

Officers were called to Sharp Learning Center after an Ombudsman student reportedly ran away from his teacher and into the woods Wednesday afternoon.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man won’t exit locked car, leads to Tasing

An argument between mother and son led to the arrest of Cornelius Cullins Tuesday evening for obstructing an officer.

September 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 2

Jaide Peterson, theft by taking felony, 10 years probation, 100 days confinement, $1,000. Felony obstruction, 5 years probation, $1,000. Criminal damage to property, 5 years probation, $1,000. Misdemeanor violation of duty, 12 months probation, $500. Reckless driving misdemeanor, 12 months probation.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Circus coming to Conyers

What's new at Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars? Just about everything. And, from its brilliantly colored, new Big Top to its stellar cast of performing artists and educated animals, Cole Bros. Circus 2011 is nothing short of spectacular.

September 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Officials back residents in power issue

Opposition to the proposed power line that would run through Mansfield's city limits continues to grow as business leaders and elected officials join the effort to have the line's route run around the city.

September 01, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Torres found guilty of 2008 murder

Abel Torres was found guilty in the 2008 murder of his roommate Fernando Gonzalez and sentenced to life plus 35 years for his crimes. The family of Gonzalez held each other and wept as the verdict was read.

September 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Concerts on the square begin Thursday

The Concerts on the Square, presented by the Arts Association in Newton County, and sponsored by Honda of Conyers, United Bank, Main Street Covington and The Covington News, will begin Thursday with a performance by Mack McKibbon and the Drive Time.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug.31

Raymond E. Medina, rape, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated assault, 15 years probation, nine years confinement, $1,000. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Family Violence Act aggravated assault, 9 years confinement. Aggravated assault, nolle pross. Aggravated stalking, 9 years confinement. False information, 9 years confinement. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle pross. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, 5 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of firearm by convicted felon, nolle ...

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unmarked graves to be re-consecrated

Now that nearly 400 unmarked graves have been found in Covington's cemeteries - many of them believed to belong to slaves - the local African-American Historical Association believes its time to remember and re-consecrate them.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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