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Tornado watch issued until 3 p.m.

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

April 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat 'hop' to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

April 19, 2015 | Pete Mecca | 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


Carl Vinson Institute facilitation proposal

The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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BOC works on alcohol ordinance

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued to revise a prospective alcohol by the drink ordinance last week, as the county looks forward to a 2012 vote on the issue.

February 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News hires new editor, ad head

The Covington News has made several changes over the past month as it continues to strive toward being Newton County's definitive source for local news. Those changes include the appointment of a new editor and the addition of several key members to both the advertising and editorial teams.

February 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No arrests yet in county double murder

Authorities are investigating Tuesday's double homicide on Tempie Lane where 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald Eugene McCollough were found shot to death after authorities received a medical alert from inside the home around 9:30 a.m.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected to continue to rise

Gas prices continue to rise in Atlanta, averaging $3.50 for a regular gallon Saturday, and are only expected to rise into the spring.

February 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County fire sees 877 more calls in '11

The Newton County Fire Department had 877 more calls in 2011, an 18 percent increase, and the vast majority of them were emergency medical and brush and grass fire calls.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates Arbor Day

Newborn took another step toward recovering from a tornado last April by giving residents 250 seedlings Saturday at the town's Arbor Day celebration.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton High hosts livestock show

Newton High School played host to the Newton Classic Livestock Show in Covington Saturday.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jury selection continues for Young death penalty case

Jury selection for the death penalty case of Rodney Renia Young began Monday and has continued through this week.

February 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Aid coming from foreclosure-abuse deal

Newton County homeowners who have their mortgage with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup or Ally Financial could receive some financial assistance in the coming months.

February 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound in Conyers

Conyers police report an accident with injuries on Interstate 20 eastbound involving three vehicles, between West Ave and Ga. Highway 138. Another accident is reported on Ga. Highway 138 near Flat Shoals Road.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tuskegee native talks to students about airmen

The name Tuskegee stands tall in American history, especially among African Americans. It also looms large of the life of Wilbur G. Mason.

February 10, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Training for turmoil

Students from Georgia Piedmont College practiced their skills Thursday afternoon outside the Covington Fire Department on Pace Street. Local junkyards often donate totaled vehicles to the fire departments to use for training. Once they are done, they then come and pick the vehicles back up.

February 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO searching for homicide suspects

The area of Ga. Highway 162 in front of Tempie Lane was clogged Thursday morning, as deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office stopped drivers on the highway to hand out flyers, soliciting information on the double homicide that occurred in the out-of-the-way neighborhood Tuesday morning.

February 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tennis: Alcovy boys, Eastside girls win

Tennis Alcovy boys def. Eastside 4-1

February 09, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Newborn offers free food, trees Sat.

Trees are even more valued in Newborn these days after more than 100 mature trees were destroyed or uprooted in a category F1 tornado last April.

February 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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