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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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Third local man charged in '09 death

More than two years after the murder of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks, a third man has been arrested and formally charged in his death.

August 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz Run returns on Sept. 10

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

August 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to get congressmen overhaul

Newton County's federal representation would be totally overhauled under the Congressional redistricting map proposed this week.

August 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Skeletal remains identified

Skeletal remains found by fishermen on the Yellow River early Aug. 13 have been identified as Porterdale resident Harold E. Womack.

August 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cooler weather likely today, tomorrow

Metro Atlanta residents could get a break from higher than normal temperatures the next two days beginning today with a high of 91 and a low of 69 amidst clear skies.

August 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Speaker sale leads to knife assault

Police were called to a home on Washington Street early Thursday morning after two people reported being assaulted with a knife following a dispute.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Neglectful parents caught in lie

Three juveniles caught shoplifting at Walmart led to the arrest of their mother and stepfather late Thursday night.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mansfield seeks power line reprieve

A 3.2 mile, 115kilovolt power line is scheduled to run through the town of Mansfield, but area residents have organized and are hard at work searching for an alternate route to protect home values and the town's scenic integrity.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Miracle League likely remains years away

Miracle League officials were thrilled when the 2011 SPLOST was passed and their project received a $1.5 million boost.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fleming to be promoted to Secretary of State's Chief of Staff

District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming has been promoted to Chief of Staff for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

August 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant

Eastside High School's auditorium was full of flair Saturday, as girls and boys of all ages converged for the 2nd annual Little Miss and Mister Covington pageant, sponsored by Pageants of Hope.

August 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Aug. 21

You'll save a bundle on cleaning your car if you use your own elbow grease and homemade cleaners.

August 21, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


FiberVisions expansion could add jobs, air emissions

Covington-based fiber manufacturer FiberVisions is considering expanding its operation, which while it could add jobs would also increase its air particulate emissions by 2 percent, or 3.6 tons per year.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the games

Newton County Special Olympic athletes held an equestrian horse show Aug. 14 in Conyers. The program will travel to Perry for the State Special Olympics equestrian show Aug. 19-21.

August 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Ford gives military family vacation

If anyone's in need of a break, it's Sgt. Donald Davenport, who has survived multiple roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenade attacks while on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.

August 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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