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Fretwell-Cook cemetery cleanup cancelled

Due to the very cold weather and high probability of precipitation, this Saturday's cleanup of the Fretwell-Cook cemetery is cancelled.

February 19, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


John Middleton: in memoriam

As many of you have heard John Middleton went home to be with the Lord on Monday morning in Winston Salem, North Carolina where he and Carol recently moved. John fought a long hard battle with his health most of his adult life and did so with such dignity and grace. Our hearts are saddened at the loss of our fellow colleague and friend and we are grateful that he was such an important part of our county family for over 15 years. John touched the lives of many here in Newton County and he will be missed by all ...

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Old Oxford Rd Bridge to open today

The Old Oxford Road Bridge that crosses Interstate 20 west of Covington will reopen Thursday, Feb. 19, when the Georgia Department of Transportation removes all barriers mid-morning.

February 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Craig: No way to control legal costs

County Attorney Tommy Craig brushed off concerns over the county's high legal fees at Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting, after the financial report revealed that the General Fund had surpassed its legal fees budget at 113 percent just over halfway through the fiscal year.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City to pay $30,000 overrun on Clark St project

The city of Covington voted to pay $30,000 for overruns on the Clark Street Project Monday.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Health and Fitness Expo coming Saturday

We are already two months into the new year, meaning the weight-loss plan is well under way or it's getting past time to shed those unwanted Holiday 2014 pounds.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man dies in Social Circle fire

Paul Anthony Dunn, 49 of Social Circle, died in a residential fire at 500 Hickory Drive early Monday morning.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


BOC meeting at 6:30 tonight

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


County officials remember Middleton

John Middleton used to tell Newton County Commissioner Lanier Sims that he was the BOC's "eyes in the sky" when it came to running the county's daily affairs. Now that he's passed, those who worked closely with Middleton feel he really is watching from above.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Winter weather fallout: schools closed

Newton County Schools are closed Tuesday due to possible icy conditions across the area.

February 17, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Measles outbreak stirs up debate

The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.

February 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Covington names Fire Chief

The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Church 213 looking to move on after fire

Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.

February 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A Valentine's thank you from Cyler Wilcox

Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

February 15, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Flood Coverage: State estimates loss at over $250 million

According to the office of Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, flood losses have been estimated at $250 million, most of which is uninsured.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: 'It just kept raining'

When Cecil Yarbrough walked outside his home at the Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park Saturday morning and noticed water from the Yellow River was standing at around five inches, he decided to move, thinking that the river couldn't possibly get any higher. Now displaced and living with friends, he realizes just how wrong he was.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: Historic Covington rainfall

Aug. 2, 1887: The Covington Star reported that 16 inches of rain fell in a continuous downpour that began on July 27. Before the rain stopped another 2 inches fell, bringing the total to 18 inches. In the city of Covington, foot bridges were destroyed, streets and sidewalks were washed out, houses leaked and cellars flooded. The Star published an article stating: "the streams are higher than they have ever been known before, even by 'the oldest inhabitant.'" Damages in the county were estimated at $100,000 or almost $2.4 million in today's money. The Georgia Railroad trestle ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: In their own words

Chuck Berry

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Straight Shootin’

Take Aim! Two shooting ranges (50 - & 100-yard) offer recreational shooters a chance to take aim. No license or fee is required for using the range complex. Visitors are asked to sign in at the range and abide by the posted rules. A DNR range safety officer can help you with any questions. You must bring your own eye and ear protection, targets and target stands. The target should be high enough for the round to strike the backstop berm and not the ground, thereby reducing the chance of it skipping off and escaping the range. You must remove all of ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: ‘You take a chance every time you put that boat in the water’

According to Newton County Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Smith, as waters continue to recede, the threat of impending rain is a concern - albeit a slight one.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: receding waters

Throughout the day Monday, Barbara Green monitored the weather as well as the Yellow River, which was slowly climbing out of its bed and inching its way toward her back door.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood warning in effect throughout evening

The National Weather Service Doppler radar estimates that between 1.0 and 1.5 inches of rain may fall in Newton County this evening. Because the ground is completely saturated from recent heavy rains the additional rains could result in runoff into area creeks, streams and rivers. Flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is predicted to be likely as is flooding of some roads - especially poor drainage areas.

September 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton decalred federal disaster area

Catoosa, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties were added to the list of counties declared federal disaster areas late Friday, making residents eligible for recovery assistance.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued by National Weather Service through Saturday night

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night for 44 counties, including Rockdale and Newton.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sewage plant overflows into Yellow River

Up to 225,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage spilled into the Yellow River on Wednesday morning, when part of the Water and Sewage Authority's wastewater treatment plant had to be closed down due to flooding.

September 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Continuing generosity

Continuing generosity: A donation of $200 was presented to the Safety Vest Fund Drive for the Newton County Sheriff's Office by the John O. McCart VFW Post 2938 of Covington on Sept. 19. The donation was presented by Jimmy French, right, to Susan Gilbert.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Driver Services Centers to close once a month

Department of Driver Services (DDS) has scheduled four (4) furlough days in accordance with a July 22, 2009 directive from the Office of Planning and Budget (OPB).

All DDS customer service centers and administrative offices throughout the state will be closed on the following days:

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Protect your property after a flood

Across the country each year, many people become victims of tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes or wildfires. These natural disasters cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars annually.

One of the untold costs associated with disasters are those losses due to fraud. Often "fly-by-night" contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the victims by swindling them out of their precious and often limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Here's a warning from home builders that may save you from another disaster: unscrupulous contractors.

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowell Road and Brown Bridge Road bridge will remain closed

According to Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan Crowell Road at Brown Bridge and Interstate 20 and the Brown Bridge Road bridge are closed semi-permanently until water recedes and the damage can be further assessed. There has been a sinkhole identified on Crowell Road and significant erosion. The roads which remain closed will be evaluated as the water recedes to see if they are safe to reopen to the public.

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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