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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


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


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Jamaican gets 3 years for molestation

A Jamaican man will be deported after serving time for the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old girl.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds turn up for Walmart hiring

Walmart has hired around 100 employees - 75 percent of which are full time - for its new store at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem roads.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man gets 15 years for bestiality

The question of whether Byron Christopher Jordan was competent to stand trial on charges of bestiality was settled Tuesday, when he was sentenced on the charges.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 candidates hit with filing fines

Two 2011 candidates for office in Newton County have been hit with at least $500 in fines each for failing to file on time, or at all, required campaign and financial documents to the state, according to the state ethics commission.

January 05, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man arrested for arson, death of dog

The call for help came in just before 11 p.m. A woman returned to her home and found it ablaze Dec. 9, and she had information for authorities on who might be responsible: her estranged husband.

January 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Doug Holt to seek reelection

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mort Ewing will not run for reelection

District 1 County Commissioner Mort Ewing will not run for reelection in 2012.

January 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wolverine Gym court named after coach

Coach Henry James "Jimmy" Wright is remembered as a talented basketball player and coach, but friends and family were even more impressed by his loving and generous spirit.

January 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County manager reappointed, update

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved annual reappointments for County Manager John Middleton, County Attorney Tommy Craig and County Clerk Jackie Smith Tuesday night.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Kmart survives store cuts

The Kmart in Covington was spared in the latest round of store closings, though the bargain retail chain may close dozens more stores in the near future.

January 03, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


BOC, BOE approve redistricting map

Update, Jan. 3: The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved a county redistricting map Monday at a special called meeting.

January 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeless shelter gets Christmas party

Residents of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter got several early Christmas presents, when a group of local residents put together a Christmas celebration for the residents.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prayer Breakfast to be held Jan. 6

The second annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast will take place Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Turner Lake Complex. Hosted by the Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the event is free to the public and will feature a guest speaker and light breakfast and coffee.

December 31, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Singing through life

Ask Anita Denny about music and she'll tell you a dozen a stories and then break out singing the songs she wrote to match. She is a country music singer after all.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library announces staff cuts

The Newton County Library System will lay off 12 employees beginning Jan. 1 because of declining revenues and increasing costs.

December 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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