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Newton County Jail Log; Apr. 15

Quintarus Antonio Aikens, Covington, Apr 11, Probation Violation

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

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

Hazel Haggard Cordell

Hazel Haggard Cordell, of Covington, passed away April 19, 2015, at the age of 89. Born to Charles and Willie Mae (Parks) Haggard, Hazel attended school in Porterdale. She lived next door to the school and could run home at recess time to get fresh baked sweet potatoes, one for the teacher and one for herself. This was a happy time for her. An employee of Scientific Atlanta, she wired the first printed circuit board ever to be wired in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her children, John Robert Russell and Jackquelyn Ann Russell.

April 20, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS

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

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

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Absentee voting begins for July primaries

Though voting for the general primary won't take place for another couple of weeks, absentee voting is well underway with a number of ballots already mailed.

June 22, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

Covington's Dr. Doolittle

Some people are just meant to do certain things in life. While it takes some people several years to finally figure out what they want to do with their careers, Jennifer Harper is one of the few who never had a doubt.

June 22, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Hazzard County Cruise-In rolls into Covington on Wednesday

Downtown Covington will soon transform into Hazzard County - or at least for three days. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 25, 26 and 29, Covington will sponsor the Hazzard County Cruise-In.

June 22, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Online exclusive: George Wilson on the issues


June 22, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Happy Thanksgiving

No, this is not a misprint. I know that it's June and a bazillion degrees outside. When our refrigerator died last week, I felt lost. I never knew how much I could miss ice cubes.

June 20, 2008 | Lisa Hetzel | Archives

BOC approves bonds for library construction

The Newton County Library Board is currently in the process of selecting an architect for the new library, which will be located on Ga. Highway 212, next to Oak Hill Elementary School.

June 20, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | Archives

BOE agrees to SRO services

The Board of Education approved a contract with Newton County to obtain officers from the Newton County Sheriff's Office to serve as school resource officers beginning in 2008-2009.

June 20, 2008 | Josh Briggs | Archives

Newton teen convicted in 2007 murder

After four hours of deliberation Wednesday evening, a jury unanimously declared a Newton County teen guilty of murder for the 2007 shooting death of Kawasikis Ricks during a botched armed robbery.

June 20, 2008 | Michelle Kim | Archives

A great-grand pair looks ahead

Emily Grace came sweeping into our house in her little pink basket Sunday to inspect her great-grandparents for the first time. She must have given Reny and me high marks. She giggled and smiled during most of the visit. She only made a face and cried when bottle time ticked around.

June 20, 2008 | Bill Shipp | Archives

Bugged by global warming

Bugs. They want us to eat bugs.

June 20, 2008 | Tom Purcell | Archives

Aging is relative

Each week, I write this column by Thursday around noon. Newspapers have deadlines and I just can't send this out on the information superhighway at the last minute.

June 20, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Archives

Local businesses need opportunity

We were concerned with a decision made by the Covington City Council and Mayor Kim Carter, who voted to break a tie vote, to award the renovation of the mayor's office to a firm located out of our local community during a past council meeting.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Nuclear electricity a good move

Cleaner and more efficient energy options are a top priority for many all over the world. With a great deal of attention presently being given to climate change and global warming, any move to eliminate or reduce humans' carbon footprint should be commended and emulated.

June 20, 2008 | Staff Report | Archives

Rutledge woman arrested on forgery charge

A Rutledge resident was arrested June 18, after allegedly trying to cash a forged check for $9,776.15.

June 20, 2008 | Brian Harper | Archives

Searching for spiritual growth

 The Hebron World Church, a multicultural fellowship committed to the spiritual growth of the whole family, offers areas of service in 15 different ministries from administrative to outreach. Their focus is teaching how to live a victorious life through the reviving, restoring and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.

June 20, 2008 | Colleen Capes Jackson | Archives

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