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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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United Way sees more need than ever

For the first time in 27 years Doris Strickland's work is getting to her.

August 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Coloring for Path2College529

Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon on his or her educational journey, creating a foundation for creativity and a lifetime of learning.

August 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 in east Newton to be resurfaced

Interstate 20, from Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County to just east of Ga. Highway 83 in Morgan County, will be resurfaced beginning Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.

August 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tractor show to pay homage

In tribute to Mansfield icon Lamar B. Hays and farmers everywhere, the Mansfield Masonic Lodge will host the inaugural Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show on Sept. 24.

August 28, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


More drug arrests at homeless shelter

Two men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man brought drugs into homeless shelter

A complaint of drugs brought into the homeless shelter led to the arrest of Richard E. Smith, Jr. for possession of marijuana Thursday evening.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Torres trial to start Monday

Jury selection in the murder trial of Abel Torres will begin tomorrow in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr.

August 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Supporting the arts

Paul Chambers, AT&T's local district manager, makes his company's 9th annual $2,500 donation to the Newton County Arts Association. Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners accepted the check.

August 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Meet Newton’s newest state legislators

Now that the governor has signed off on the new Georgia house and senate district maps, Newton County seems assured of adding Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey (D-43) and Rep. Steve Davis (R-109) to its slate of legislators.

August 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Second grader wins library scholarship

Thanks to his participation in the Georgia Public Library Service's Summer Reading Program, "One World, Many Stories," Taylor Boyd not only developed essential reading skills this summer, he was also awarded a $5,529 contribution to his college savings.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Native American American Festival and PowWow coming in Sept.

The 21st annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and PowWow will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Indian Springs Hotel and Museum.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Money available for home improvements

Homeowners who are planning to stick around for a few years could be eligible for federal funding to make their homes more energy efficient or handicap accessible.

August 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP students Back 2 School

47 local youth and 17 adults with the Newton County NAACP gathered at the home of NAACP Youth Advisor Cathelene Perry for the Back 2 School Block Party on July 24. The students participated in dances, ate food prepared by Wendell Williams and Ella King and listened to special presentations by two local pastors.

August 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Couple robbed in home

Authorities are searching for two men who reportedly robbed a Covington couple in their home Wednesday.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cox charged with enticing a child

A 21-year-old Covington man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violation of the computer pornography and child exploitation act.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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