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NCSS destroys stock of Blue Bell ice cream

After the recall of Blue Bell ice cream products, Newton County School System has removed all of the brand's ice cream from its stock Tuesday.

April 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


$9.5 million coming to FFA/FCCLA Center

The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.

April 21, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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


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10-year-old girl beats student on bus

A 10-year-old girl was charged with simple battery Monday after reportedly assaulting a fellow student on the school bus Jan. 25.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale officer, student investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Sears to close March 27

Covington's Sears will close March 27 because of underperformance and is discounting prices in an effort to move its inventory.

February 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police seek man for shooting

Authorities are searching for the men who reportedly shot a Newton County man in the butt Monday night.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A new habitat

Sequetta White and her family needed a new home. Six women can only live for so long in a house with one bathroom, no central heating and black trash bags over the moldy windows.

February 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Antique roadshow hits Covington

"There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up and the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles."

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water tank to hold emergency reserve

The county is about halfway done with a massive water storage tank on Kirkland Road near Salem Road, a move that officials said will maintain stability in the water system in the heavily-populated western portion of the county.

February 01, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man fights with wife’s boyfriend

Charles Cory Williams was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly getting in a fight with his wife's boyfriend.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No charges yet in fatal car accident

Charges have yet to be brought against Eastside High School senior McKenzie Crowe in the Saturday morning accident that took the life of 56-year-old Alison (Bell) Campbell, but according to a spokesman from the Georgia State Patrol, they are still pending.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for sexual exploitation

A Alabama man has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child and electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Broken coffee table leads to arrest

A family fight ended with the arrest of one man on charges of cruelty to children and criminal trespass early Sunday morning.

January 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale home invasion suspect arrested

Authorities in Gwinnett County have arrested a man suspected in a Rockdale County home invasion that took place in February of 2011.

January 31, 2012 | | LOCAL


Home burns down on Tucker Mill Road

A blaze destroyed the home and the posessions of a mother and two young children Monday night on Tucker Mill Road.

January 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mentor turns youth's life around

John McCammon's mother was far away, his father was dead, his brother was in trouble and he was left alone in a foreign country he barely knew. He was 14.

January 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five banished from Housing Authority

Five men were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after one ran from the police and the others were caught allegedly packaging drugs in a home.

On Thursday afternoon, officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Johnson Drive (inside the Housing Authority) on reports that a man with two outstanding felony warrants had been seen outside.

January 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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