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Tornado watch issued until 3 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a torndo watch until 3 p.m. for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties.

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | 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


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


Treating weather-related joint pain

Early spring is often marked by wind and rain that precedes the more welcoming warmth synonymous with late spring and summer.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Health


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


Fairies are returning to Chimney Park May 2

On May 2, Chimney Park will host visitors to the annual Fairy House Festival from 2pm to 5pm. For this one special Saturday in May, the park will host hundreds of fairies, elves, gnomes, and other special creatures to our park where we will have fun activities including the Bubbleman, face painters, a wishing tree, rock painting, a scavenger hunt, fairy wing making, archery, and the Charlie Elliott Birds of Prey. Admission cost is $5 per person; children 2 and under are free.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LIVING


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


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 16, 2015 | Staff Report | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mary Will Jolly Carmichael

Mrs. Mary Will Jolly Carmichael, age 94, of Rome, died at a local hospital Sunday April 12, 2015.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Sara Stubbs

Ms. Sara B. Stubbs passed away on April 9, 2015. She was born in Newton County on June 16, 1927. She was a lifelong resident of Covington.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


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DeKalb Technical College to train law enforcement

DeKalb Technical College announced Tuesday it was chosen to participate in a pilot program to train law enforcement while granting college credit, set to begin January 2009, that would turn the Covington campus into a regional law enforcement training center for the metro-Atlanta area.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Ernest Reba Ozburn

Mr. Ernest Reba Ozburn, 77, of Porterdale, died July 5. The son of the late Thomas and Lottie Aaron Hamby Ozburn, he was born in 1931 in Newborn County. Mr. Ozburn was a lifelong resident of Newton County and member of Julia A. Porter United Methodist Church, Porterdale. He worked for Guardian Automotive and Covington Molding and worked as a milkman delivering milk throughout Newton County.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Bomb placed in mailbox

Fireworks weren't the only things exploding over the holiday weekend. Early Sunday morning, a bomb blew up in a Newton County mailbox in the third such incident this year, according to the victim.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Doris Rozier

Mrs. Doris Rozier, 86, of Newborn, died July 6. The daughter of the late Lloyd E. and Mary Kelly Pritchard, she was born in 1922 in Jasper County. She was a member of Newborn United Methodist Church where she was a longtime children's Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Rozier was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by husband of 59 years Mr. J. Burnett Rozier.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Buster Shope

Buster Shope, 37, of Newborn, died July 5. Mr. Shope worked in his family-owned business, Midtown Hauling and Equipment, as a heavy equipment operator. He was of the Christian faith, enjoyed fishing and water sports and loved people and his family. Mr. Shope was preceded in death by his mother Robbie Lee Bagwell Shope.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Newton heritage

Every year around this time, as the warm, humid breath of summer fills the lungs and katydids emerge with their droning songs, Suzanne Lindsey picks up a broom and a mop and heads toward her family's "tent" on the historic Salem camp ground.

July 09, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Joseph Oscar Hunt Jr.

Joseph Oscar Hunt Jr., 74, of Covington died July 7 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Born on Jan. 23, 1934 in Athens, he was the son of the late Joseph Oscar Hunt Sr. and Vadie Wall Hunt. Mr. Hunt was a veteran of the U.S. Army, was a retired supervisor from Sears, and was a member of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer fireman for the City of Covington for more than 25 years and coached and umpired little league games for many years.

July 09, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Utility bill assistance approved

Financially needy utility customers are one step closer to some relief with the Covington City Council's Monday decision to approve an energy assistance program for low-income residents.

July 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


An American film

Though "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" has been heavily marketed toward young girls, parents and grandparents chaperoning tweenage girls to this movie will likely find themselves surprisingly moved by this Great Depression era film.

July 09, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


Go crazy for new Guitar Hero

Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash showed the rock world what a bit of name recognition can do for a video game and Aerosmith has taken it to the next level.

July 09, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives


ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Bomb explodes in Newton County mailbox

Fireworks weren't the only things exploding over the holiday weekend. Early Sunday morning, an explosive device blew up in a Newton County mailbox early Sunday morning, in the third such incident, according to the victim.

July 07, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives


Ready, aim, fire

The next time you walk into a restaurant to enjoy a good sit down meal, the guy sitting next to you might be carrying a gun... And in Georgia, it's legal.

July 06, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives


Our thoughts...

With gas prices reaching record highs on nearly a daily basis, Americans are watching their fuel consumption more than ever before. We are traveling less and buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.

July 06, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives


Lessons from another century

The Potomac River was rain-swollen on that sixth day of July in 1863, when the Army of Northern Virginia under the command of Confederate General Robert E. Lee came upon it. Retreating from their catastrophic defeat at Gettysburg, Penn., Lee's exhausted and beleaguered troops had nowhere to go, trapped by the high water and swift current of the river.

July 06, 2008 | Nat Harwell | Archives


Floats, sparklers and watermelon

In the 90 degree heat they came. The politicians. The church groups. The patriotically outfitted pooches. Some came to campaign and some to proselytize. But most came to celebrate 232 years of American Independence at Oxford's Fourth of July Parade.

July 06, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives


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