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Newton unemployment rate dips

The unemployment rate in NewtonCounty fell under 7 percent for the month of March.

April 23, 2015 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Landfill panel kicks off

The citizens' panel dedicated to reviewing the county's solid waste management, including a potential lease agreement for the county landfill, met for the first time Wednesday night to lay the groundwork for what should prove to be two months of intense research and debate.

April 23, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Airport Road remains closed

The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Landfill Committee Meeting Tonight

The Solid Waste Citizen's Panel will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the first floor training room of the county administration building.

April 22, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Benton House sets sail

Cards and camaraderie: Mayor Kim Carter presented a proclamation for Benton House, Covington's Senior Living Community, to Cathy Harville, executive director and Victoria Chandler, community relations director. The proclamation was to declare Cruise Week in recognition of Assisted Living Week held Sept. 13-19. The community celebrated by turning Benton House into a luxury cruise ship. Residents celebrated with a fabulous week of meals, games and entertainment. Residents' families, friends and local Covington residents were invited to attend the week long celebration. Benton House hosted about 60 guests for the Captain's Dinner, which included Covington's own Irene Smith.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


65 trees planted in first NeighborWoods project

Fairview Estates was one of "those" neighborhoods - the kind where the developer cuts down every tree in the neighborhood during construction and goes bankrupt before the street trees are ever planted.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson arrested for battery

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his arrest on Saturday evening on charges of battery.

October 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


SBA opens a third disaster center

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces today that they are establishing a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Rockdale County. This will make the third

October 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Covington residents killed in weekend accident

According to www.macon.com three people died Friday night in two-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 in Laurens County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Bonnie Jean Knight, 42, of Dublin was driving a 1999 Ford Windstar van east on I-16 in the westbound lane. She collided head-on with a 1998 Buick Regal driven by Rebecca Ann Hamm, 31, of Covington, said Sgt. K.E. DeLoach, the Dublin post commander.

October 12, 2009 | Courtesy of Macon.com | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

October 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead from this afternoon until Wednesday evening.

At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 6.0 feet - the flood stage for the Yellow River is above 11.0 feet. The forecast is for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 15.9 feet by tomorrow morning. At 16.0 feet, moderate flooding begins.

October 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man steals from Wal-Mart, attempts to flee across I-20 on foot

Covington Police Officers were forced to chase a man across a street and into the woods after he reportedly stole a digital tape recorder from Wal-Mart.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Good eats, good Times

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked to perfection and coated in the mouth-watering spice rub. That was only one of the types of delicious barbecue served up at the fourth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off, hosted by the Covington Lions Club, which took place Friday and Saturday at American Legion Field.

October 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boom town: Newton County grew at a rapid rate - but the jobs weren't following

This is the first of a three-part series examining how explosive growth and the housing market collapse have changed the face of Newton County.

October 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Sorority sisters:

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elkadettes lend a helping hand

Helpful smiles: The Covington Elkadettes recently gathered much-needed items to be delivered to the local women's shelter, Project ReNeWal. Project ReNeWal services Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties and offers assistance to women in crisis. The Covington Elkadettes are a part of the local Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806. Pictured are Peggy Hudgins, left, Elk Artis Standard, Elkadette President Pat Pippin and Betty Standard.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting for Nov. 3 elections open until Oct. 30

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baby formula bandits busted

Three people were arrested after an attempt to shoplift several thousand dollars worth of baby formula from a local grocery store Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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