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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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Showmanship, sportsmanship

Saturday was the local livestock show at Newton High where 4-H'ers and FFA members showcased their animals.

February 28, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crowder wants to withdraw guilty plea

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to the murder of his estranged wife Catcilia in December 2009 but has since made a motion to withdraw that plea, saying now that he is not guilty of the charges and that he was pressured into entering a plea by his attorney.

Crowder was charged with kicking his way into 43-year-old Catcilia's home, chasing her through the house and eventually shooting her several times following a series of angry text messages between the two on Jan. 16, 2008. The couple's 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old friend were both in the home at ...

February 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Senior services board unclear about purpose

The previously defunct Newton County Senior Services Board of Directors met for the first time in nearly a year Thursday morning, and the mixture of permanent and temporary members attempted to get the board back on track.

Newly appointed, temporary members Jackie Smith - who is also the county clerk - and Tommy Hailey - who is also the recreation commission director - joined holdovers Vivian Harris, Liz Loescher and Jesse Walton on the BOD.

February 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Benefits of burning

Mary Jane Dixon and her brother inherited hundreds of acres of forest land from their parents. Not really knowing what to do with all of the acreage, they decided to become timber farmers.

In 1987, they planted pines. Saw timber fetches the best prices, but farmers have to wait between 20 and 30 years for their trees to be prime market candidates.

February 28, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Blue & Gold Banquet

Supper with Scouts:

February 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington airport could be hurt by proposed changes

The way planes travel into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport could be changing, which in turn would affect how planes travel around and into Covington Municipal Airport.

February 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is deadline for property tax return

Property owners who believe their property has lost value from last year have until Monday to file a property tax return, telling the county just how much less their property is worth in 2010.

February 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

Though the snow has melted, it's still the talk of the town. Also, a bullrider keeps a firm grasp and raindrops dapple tree leaves.

February 26, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


NMC Women’s Diagnostic Center celebrates 10 years

For most women, a trip to the Newton Medical Center Women's Diagnostic Center is not a joyous occasion. However, all residents of the county, whether women or men, should rejoice at the facility being so close to home.

February 26, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Pope denied bond in Hall murder

Bond was denied for 27-year-old Candice Cadasha Pope, who is charged in the murder of Alvin Hall, the Atlanta man's whose charred remains were found in a burning car on New Years Eve.

February 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A mighty heart

January 25 was just a regular Monday morning for 17-year-old James Norrington. The Newton High School junior had no way of knowing that before the day ended he would die, twice.

February 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - Feb. 26

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

February 26, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Workman pleads guilty, gets 22 years

Johnny Otis Workman was sentenced Tuesday morning to 15 years, with the first 10 years served before being eligible for parole, following his guilty plea for vehicular homicide in the death of David J. Nunnelley in July 2009.

February 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC considers anti-tethering rule for dogs

Some county officials are concerned that tying or tethering dogs can be inhumane and cause dogs to become more violent.

February 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County prepares ordinances for future growth

As residential growth has come to a standstill, the Newton County Board of Commissioners decided it was time to examine and possibly strengthen several housing and development related ordinances.

At this past weekend's county retreat, Chairman Kathy Morgan proposed creating an ordinance to force developers to build amenities before they are able to sell homes.

February 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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