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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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GBI nabs 3 for Section 8 voucher fraud

Three Newton County residents have been arrested and warrants are outstanding for five more on charges that they fraudulently obtained federal money in the way of Section 8 vouchers. There have been 65 arrests state-wide in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is calling Operation Clean House.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 2

The Jazz Guardians, a traveling Army Ground Forces Band headquartered at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, performed an hour's worth of swinging jazz tunes as part of the Concert on the Square series Thursday afternoon.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 02, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Several people arrested, more wanted for fraudulently obtaining federal funding

Maureen Francois and Lamonitrias Smith have been arrested and six more people are wanted in Newton County for fraudulently obtaining federal funding for affordable housing.

September 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 1

The Lady Tigers get a pep talk before beginning their second set against Ola in Tuesday evening's volleyball match.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

September 01, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Man arrested after threatening to cut the throat of ex-wife's boyfriend

A Covington man was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly threatening to cut the throat of his ex-wife's current boyfriend.

September 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jim Marshall holds town hall meeting in Porterdale

U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon) visited the city of Porterdale Friday to hold a town hall meeting to field questions from concerned citizens. Marshall has been on a town hall meeting tour in the last couple of months as he seeks reelection in November.

He began the meeting explaining the critical nature of the current economic climate.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Review: Last Exorcism livens up fall movie doldrums

August is B-movie month, where movie studios' leftovers are rolled into the multiplexes, giving us rubbish like "Pirahna 3D," "Vampires Suck" and last week's "The Switch." "The Last Exorcism" is no exception. What's surprisingly different about this late summer horror flick is it actually tries to make you think.

September 01, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


A new hope for Nelson Heights

As he snipped the red, celebratory ribbon, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially opened the Nelson Heights Community Center, completing a dream several years in the making.

"Most people know that even though it's been appointed as being my idea, it's not. It's really your idea," Henderson told the assembled crowd that packed the new center. "When we first started thinking about the 2005 SPLOST, we wanted to go out to people who lived in the community and ask for your ideas, your opinions. What do you want? What's your vision?"

September 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Aug. 31

Newton High School's Markea Sheppard smacks the ball to centerfield during Monday evening's softball game against Grayson.

To see more photos, click the links under Related Content.

August 31, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Fire department budget doesn’t allow for promised pay increases

Some firefighters are wondering if a 2 percent pay increase promised for becoming EMTs will ever happen. According to the county fire chief it will, but not until the county fire has more money budgeted for the department.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lendmark, BB&T donate more than $6,000 to shelter

The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter aims to be Covington's safety net, the place that prevents those who have lost everything from falling through society's cracks.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No honor among alleged thieves

A woman whose car was overheating thought she was being assisted by three good samaritans Tuesday morning. Instead, those three are accused of stealing her cell phone.

August 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Community center at Nelson Heights celebrates grand opening today

The grand opening of the long-awaited Nelson Heights Community Center will take place today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the center, located at the intersection of Laseter and Puckett streets.

August 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FBI releases report on BB&T Bank Robbery

ATLANTA-Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Brian D. Lamkin, FBI Atlanta, requests the assistance of the public in identifying and locating the individual believed to be responsible for the following armed bank robbery at Covington, Georgia:

August 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for terroristic threats for behavior at church

A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after statements he made and behavior he exhibited at First United Methodist Church in Covington caused several people to become concerned.

August 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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