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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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Adult threatens child on Facebook

Officers were called to a home on Crestview Drive to speak with a mother whose 11-year-old child was being threatened on Facebook by the father of one of his peers.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police respond to domestic dispute

A former couple was issued citations Saturday morning after a loud fight over a former elicit relationship disturbed neighbors in her apartment complex.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water authority exploring benefit of railroad corridor

Whenever the county builds Bear Creek Reservoir in the southern part of the county, it will have to build the water infrastructure to pump that water to the rest of the county.

February 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jackie Mattison blazed a cheerful trail

In 1975, the student body at the University of Georgia looked nothing like it does today. It was almost exclusively white. And while things have changed over the years, whites still make up the majority.

February 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Rocky Creek Nursery

Rocky Creek Nursery, located in Newborn, has struggled to maintain its operations due to the current economic climate. The farm specializes in conventional landscaping trees, with 35 varieties like maples, oaks, hollies, magnolias and crape myrtles.

February 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton - Meet the winners

Little Mister Newton County, Best Boy Talent winner

February 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested for pulling gun on woman

Officers were called to a home late Tuesday evening after a woman called and told them that Willie Adam Blackwell, 20, had been at her home and had pulled a gun on her.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School board takes straw poll on budget cuts

Newton County School Board members in non-binding votes indicated their approval on Friday to a seven-period school day for high schools next year, and to contract out with a private firm, Ombudsman, for alternative school services.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paper-filled truck catches fire

A tractor trailer truck carrying a load of paper caught fire Friday morning on Ga. Highway 20 near the intersection with Brown Bridge Road.

February 25, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Levins named to leadership academy

Assistant District Attorney Buck Levins will participate in the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership of the State Bar of Georgia, a competitive program that helps young attorneys hone leadership skills.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officers take “plunge” to kick off Special Olympics fundraising

Law enforcement agencies around the state raised $800 to kick off their annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics with a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Lake Lanier.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies arrive

Special delivery: Sisters Charlotte and Sarah McCauley of Girl Scout Troop 20319 in Atlanta collected 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during their annual fund raiser to send to our deployed troops. With the help of Operation Sandbox and National Guard soldiers, the boxes were delivered to the National Guard Armory in Covington Wednesday morning in preparation to be sent overseas.

February 25, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The champs take the Capitol

Special recognition: The state-champion Piedmont Academy football team, coaching staff, managers, ball boys and cheerleaders were invited to the golden dome of Georgia's state capitol by State Rep. Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Sen. Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title and completing an undefeated, 13-game season.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teacher on probation, fined for duct-taping student

CANTON. - Authorities say a Woodstock High School teacher accused of duct-taping an autistic boy to a chair and confining a girl under a desk has been sentenced to six years of probation and $2,000 in fines.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle man charged with child molestation

A 25-year-old Social Circle man remains in the Newton County Jail on charged of child molestation.

February 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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