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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


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


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Woman steals form more than 100 people, 3 counties

An investigation by the Covington Police Department led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight in a case that affected more than 100 people and three counties.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jet soars to spelling bee win

The third time was the charm for Indian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls, winner of the 2015 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. Rawls, a sixth-grader, participated in the NCSS Spelling Bee as the East Newton Elementary School champion during his fourth and fifth grade years but just missed out on the top prize each time. This year, the super speller successfully spelled "ominous" and "disguise" to clinch the championship. Clements Middle School student Jayden Wheeler was this year's runner up.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Anna Davis, Ian Cole named Valedictorians

Now that the spring semester is under way and winter break is behind us, the Newton County School System's high schools are announcing their top 10 students and 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dr. Washington gives back

Dr. Andrea Washington purchased hundreds of eyeglasses to donate to the Oxford Lions Club. On Wednesday, Dr. Washington and her staff gifted the eyeglasses to Mr. Richard Henderson and Martha Molyneux at her office.

February 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton's cutest couple is ...

Christy and her husband were selected as The Covington News' Cutest Couple via voting from our readers.

February 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wintry weather possible for Monday

Dry, cold weather this weekend will make way for wet, cold weather Monday.

February 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Is this your dog?

A missing dog was found wondering around lost and scared near Social Circle Fairplay and Hawkins Academy Road Thursday.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


American Pickers TV show coming to Georgia

Think you might have a hidden treasure in that collection of what other people call junk? The American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, of the HBO show on the History Channel, are coming to Georgia looking for junkyards, basements, garages and barns to find hidden treasures, rare artifacts, and vintage collectibles and they want to see what you've got.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | STATE


Charles Sears

Charles Wayne Sears, of Covington, passed away February 10, 2015, at the age of 70. Charles, a member of Newton Baptist Church, was born to Dewey Mayson and Erma (Kitchens) Sears, who preceded him in death. Charles cherished his family and loved spending time with them. He retired from Delta Airlines after 33 years of service.

February 11, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Newton High School's top 10 named

The top 10 students in Newton High School's Class of 2015 were named Tuesday, with Ian Cole earning Valedictorian and Brittany Webb Salutatorian honors.

February 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington woman arrested for forgery

After a check from a local law office was cashed at Big EZ, a Covington Police Department investigation led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight.

February 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Joyce Mason

Joyce A. Mason born January 14, 1937, left this life to be with her Lord February 6, 2015. Mrs. Mason's passion was serving her God. She was a loving wife, mother and friend. Mrs. Mason was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved life and people. She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis and Rella Allen; sister, Brenda Allen

February 09, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath

Mr. W.A. "Billy" McElreath, age 81, of Covington passed away Sunday, February 08, 2015. He was born March 29, 1933 in Madison County Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McElreath who has preceded him in death. Mr. McElreath served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the City of Covington and also owned and operated McElreath Garage in Covington for many years. A longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Covington "Mr. Billy" could be found serving on just about any committee throughout the years, from the building and grounds ...

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | OBITS


Vaccinations save lives

It is really a sad sign of our times to read about the uproar about whether vaccinations should be mandatory for children or whether vaccines for certain diseases cause abnormalities like autism.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


Our Thoughts: Take Control

Our elected officials must retake control of Newton County's affairs and finances and stop relying on appointed employees to make decisions and oversee their implementation.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts


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