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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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Tears of the Innocent

The following is the first in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Don’t be left out in the cold, prepare for winter weather

As a wave of arctic air rolls across the United States, Georgia faces bone-chilling temperatures and the possibility of snow. Because Georgia is not usually prone to extreme snow and ice, even small amounts can cause severe problems.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Visit ‘Party-dale’

Porterdale Downtown Manager Sandy Fowler presented a list of tentative events and festivals to the city council at their regular Monday night meeting.

January 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County hopes to use stimulus to fund roads

One of the county's "death trap" intersections, Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, should finally get a stoplight later this year.

January 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cold front

A winter weather advisory was issued for Newton County by the National Weather Service, advising residents of a strong chance of snow and ice Thursday afternoon and evening with near record-low temperatures.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up-to-date local weather forecast

Updated Thursday night to reflect school closings:

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport to remain closed for most of Jan.

Because of the unusually cold weather, the opening of the Covington Municipal Airport has once again been pushed back. The airport was scheduled to be open by today, but Horton said the airport won't be open until Jan. 22 at the earliest. He said the city, Dixie Jet, the DOT, the engineering firm PBS&J and Pittman Construction will discuss the possibility of partially opening the airport and runway. The airport has been closed since late September for runway reconstruction and other rehabilitation.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Holt to run for fourth Georgia house term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R- Social Circle) has announced that he will run for reelection and plans to continue to represent Newton and Walton Counties through his policy of fiscal conservatism.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Airport authority takes next step

The Covington City Council moved forward with the creation of an airport authority, despite concerns from some residents that the city was moving too quickly.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bright lights, big city

Students from Social Circle Theater have been accepted into the invitation-only 2010 Junior Theater Festival taking place in Atlanta Jan. 15-17.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Portrait painter to offer classes at Southern Heartland

Artist Linda Pflug has been chosen artist of the month at Southern Heartland Art Gallery. A transplant from Florida, Linda has been involved in the arts for 50 years and owned her own gallery in Fort Myers Florida. Pflug's work has won numerous national awards and appears in many corporate and private collections.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Additional charges brought against 4 arrested in Nichols' death

Additional charges have been filed against each of the four men accused of murdering Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols and dumping his body on a rural road in Social Circle.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale moves closer to city homestead tax exemption

The Porterdale City Council moved closer toward adopting a city homestead tax exemption for applicable residents at its Monday night meeting.

January 06, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


No traffic fatalities recorded during holiday weekend

Newton County had several vehicle accidents and DUI arrests over the holiday but no fatalities were recorded between Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

January 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 6

o Ernest Dwayne Brown, 45, 876 Ga. Highway 142, Covington, Dec. 12. Family Violence Act simple battery.

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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