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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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Benson requests new trial

Nearly a year after his first trial, convicted murderer Franklin Elliott Benson on Thursday went before Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. to request a new trial, citing ineffective assistance of council and inefficiency of evidence.

Benson, 50, was convicted of the murder and dismemberment of 49-year-old Leslyan Williams, whose body parts were found off Georgia Highway 212 on Oct. 30, 2007. Williams' head and torso were never found.

October 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National GOP donating to Scott

Austin Scott, the Republican candidate for the Eighth Congressional District, is getting a boost from the national party in his campaign against Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Oct. 6

The sun highlights a tombstone in the confederate cemetery behind Oxford College.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

October 06, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Parking ordinance temporarily suspended

Nearly every car owner who lives in Covington is violating the city's current parking ordinance, simply by parking a car outside their home, if that car weighs more than 2,000 pounds.

October 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


4-H’er McCord says 4-H is about friends

MaKenzy McCord has done it all in 4-H.

October 06, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Candidates discuss the issues in campaign forum

Newton County's future political leaders espoused their ideas on the issues Tuesday night at a combined forum put on by The News and the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce.

October 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police shut down alleged shot house

After several complaints from residents in the Bohannon Street area and two months worth of undercover work, investigators from the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) shut down an alleged shot house on Friday.

October 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Unemployed father, son-in-law arrested for allegedly growing pot to pay for bills

Police reported that two unemployed Covington men were arrested on drug charges for allegedly growing marijuana with the intent to sell it to catch up on their bills.

October 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County Commissioners meet at 7 tonight

Newton County Commissioners meet tonight at 7 in the Historic Courthouse on the Square. Here's the agenda:

October 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect sought in Atlanta man's murder

Investigators are still searching for leads in the death of 29-year-old Wendell Ronard Barber whose body was found last week in woods off Piper Road.

October 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Oct. 5

Mister Himtoo (Thiree Pinnock), Gretta Good (Kelsey Dabney), Grotto Good (Shack Shepherd) and Mister Otherguy (Cody Ellis) eagerly watch as Iris (Aubrie Fils) tastes the best drop of water in "Still Life with Iris," a play performed by Eastside High School's traveling One Act team. Be sure to mark your calendar for tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. or Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to see the play before the students take it to competition in Savannah in two weeks. Tickets are general admission: students $3.00, adults $5.00, and all teachers are ...

October 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


4-H'er reflects on experiences

Every fifth-grader in Newton County is required to participate in 4-H as part of their school experience. Even in this beginning stage, there are many opportunities for the 4-Hers to show animals, compete in judging events, and participate in fun outings like Skate Night.

However, the only thing that interested 10-year-old me was the project competition 4-H is famous for. I didn't really care to make a poster and give a four to five minute speech, actually. I was in it for the performing arts competition, the project area that only requires a short performance, which can be anything ...

October 03, 2010 | By Mary Lathem | LOCAL


Cold Winter, Hot Summer, High Bills

The period of day after day of 90-degree high temps appears to be over and Joy Cason is one of thousands of utility residents breathing a sigh of relief.

October 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dead man found off Piper Road

Deputies from the Newton County's Sheriff's Office are searching for leads to find the killer of an Atlanta man who was found dumped in the woods off Piper Road Wednesday evening.

October 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authors Conroy and King to visit Thurs.

An authors event on Thursday at Burge Plantation in Mansfield will feature South Carolina authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King.

October 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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