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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


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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Newborn Opry revived

The Newborn Opry reopened for business with a concert Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse off Ga. Highway 142 in Newborn.

January 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Uga VIII has lymphoma

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia mascot Uga VIII has a more serious medical condition than first believed.

January 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Panel calls for reinstating state grocery tax

ATLANTA (AP) - A panel studying an overhaul of Georgia's tax code has recommended reinstating the state sales tax on groceries.

January 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton job seeker recognized by state

Newton County resident Vincent Lewandowski was named Georgia's Job Seeker of the Month for earning a job after completing Georgia's Work Ready Program, according to the Governor's office.

January 07, 2011 | Governor Sonny Perdue's Office | LOCAL


Eastside girls suffer first loss

With first place on the line, Eastside High School's girls' basketball team fell short in its first loss of the season Tuesday. The Lady Eagles fell 56-46 to Sandy Creek in a competitive matchup.

January 07, 2011 | Tylan Merkerson | LOCAL


County conducting homeless count

Homelessness has increased in Georgia each year since the economic recession first struck, but for the first time Newton County will attempt to quantify the problem locally.

January 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Secretary of State to speak at Chamber's annual meeting

Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker at this year's annual meeting of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb Technical College's 8100 Bob Williams Parkway location.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dawg AD expects improvement in 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he's looking for improvement from the Georgia football team and more passion from coach Mark Richt following the Bulldogs' first losing record since 1996.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal sets up blind trust

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


GBI to investigate prisoner abuse allegations

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of abuse at several Georgia prisons.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County wins landfill suit

Newton County reported that its 13-year-old lawsuit to prevent a private landfill from locating here was successful.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Snow back in forecast?

There may be some snow to contend with for your weekend and start of the next work week in Covington and Newton County.

January 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man sustains extensive burns

A homeless man suffered extensive burns Saturday night after a portable propane heater overturned and set his tent on fire as he slept.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New library opens Monday

When Newton County's new $6 million library opens Jan. 10, it will be the county's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered building.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Odd actions before police chief lead to jail time

A 28-year-old Loganville man started the year off badly when his odd actions in view of Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton in the parking lot of the QuickTrip gas station had police looking into the possibility of a drug deal and ended up with him arrested on multiple drug charges.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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