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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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Dollar Tree buggy dispute leads to fight

A fight over a buggy at the Dollar Tree led to an arrest Friday evening.

December 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local duo Samuel & Caleb release CD

The young Newton County duo Samuel & Caleb look like they're starting to fall into a rhythm.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


McDonald’s closed for low health scores

The McDonald's restaurant on Salem Road at Brown Bridge Road was closed by state health officials for one day Tuesday after failing two routine inspections this year.

December 16, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Every year local law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County during the Shop with a Cop program. The event raises not only awareness but holiday cheer as law enforcement join the children at a local discount store to make Christmas dreams come true.

December 14, 2011 | William Brawley | LOCAL


United Way meets goal

In a year where nonprofits struggle harder than ever to meet the increasing economic need of residents, the Covington-Newton County United Way met its fundraising goal for 2011 a few weeks early.

December 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Throws of Love

Miranda Brunn, 11, a regular volunteer at the Covington Manor Nursing Home, decided to go an extra step this year to help the elderly. The Oak Hill fifth grader decided to give all 73 residents of the nursing home a lap throw for Christmas. She started Throws of Love, a nonprofit organization, and sought donations through the community in order to provide a gift to all the residents. Miranda dressed as an elf (with her mother as Santa Claus) and delivered the throws. Her goal is to expand the nonprofit to include more nursing homes next year.

December 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family Christmas night Friday at The Oaks

The giant reindeer are already out at The Oaks Golf Course, but Santa, roasted marshmallows and Christmas lights will ring in the season Friday.

December 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO assists in child porn arrest

A 55-year-old man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Son fights father with machete

A fight between father and son ended with the son in jail after deputies reportedly saw him with a machete aimed at his father.

December 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hank Johnson opposes Netflix bill

US Rep. Hank Johnson has expressed his distain for a bill allowing companies like Netflix to share customers' movie selections on Facebook.

December 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Call about abuse leads to arrest for outstand warrants

Police responding to an accusation of child abuse weren't able to substantiate that accusation but did arrest the child's mother on outstanding warrants.

December 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


'I will burn this trailer down’

Deputies were called to a home on Hardman Street in Mansfield in reference to a family fight Sunday afternoon.

December 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hometown Heroes star in Nutcracker

The annual production of "The Nutcracker" is a tradition for so many in Newton County, but it doesn't come cheap. Thanks to one girl's entrepreneurial spirit, and the junior ballet company's hard work, this year some of the older costumes have been replaced at a cost of about $1,100.

December 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henderson to draw own redistricting map

Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was the lone elected official to oppose proposed redistricting maps at Tuesday's public hearing, and he will be given the chance to draw a map he agrees with despite fellow officials saying he's already had several chances.

December 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Remains of US troops dumped in landfill

According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Air Force secretly dumped the cremated remains of over 274 US troops in a landfill up until 2008. The procedure was never authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. The procedure was also never disclosed to the families of the troops, who had given the military permission to dispose of remains in a respectful and dignified manner.

December 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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