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Legal costs, landfill committee, raises dominate BOC meeting

Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was dominated by spirited discussions of the county's legal spending, the citizen landfill committee and employee raises.

April 21, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


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AC theft steady, copper prices decline

Le Anne Long has a problem, one that's fairly common nationwide. She's had to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a stolen air conditioning unit in a vacant home that she's in charge of. The problem is widespread, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing with the stabilization of the local housing market. Police are trying, but they're stumped as well, as to how to fix a problem that has become an epidemic.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend free time with your family

Nowadays, frugality isn't a life choice for most of us. It's a necessity born out of hard times and too little money. The first thing to go for most families is a recreational budget - money you used to have for movies, sports and hobbies is suddenly needed in more important areas like food and shelter. Although, you might be accustomed to thinking you have to spend money to spend time together and/or to be entertained, you'd be amazed by the bevy of free family activities available right in our own community. Let's start with these ...

January 11, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man, juvenile fire 9mm inside

A 25-year-old man and a juvenile female were arrested early Sunday when officers reported to a home on Morris Drive after neighbors complained of gunshots fired inside the home.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Darryl Joseph Woodberry, 26, Decatur, Dec. 16. Theft by taking.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"Mission 4" delivers

"Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol" starring Tom Cruise as spy Ethan Hunt is the fourth installment to the movie series based on the television series that ran from 1966 to 1977. Directed by Brad Bird, who also directed "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," the movie was released Dec. 16 and was number one at the box office for four weeks, just recently losing to "The Devil Inside."

January 11, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn happy with Dollar General

Dollar stores and the opening of ever more dollar stores are becoming ubiquitous, but residents in Newborn are quite happy with their new Dollar General, which is the town's only pure retail store.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rep. Holt to seek fifth term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New mayor gives vision for Covington

Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out his first initiatives for the city of Covington at Thursday's Kiwanis meeting and focused on ending the divisiveness that exists in the city and helping residents improve their lives.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arts Association to host Clovers & Company

The nationally acclaimed Georgia 4-H Performing Arts Group Clovers & Co. will entertain at Porter Hall at Newton High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stagehands from across the state of Georgia, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Clovers & Co. performs on behalf of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension's youth program 4-H.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO offering free driver’s education course

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) courses from 6-8 p.m. on Jan. 31; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 11; and 6-8 p.m. Feb. 23. All P.R.I.D.E. courses will be held at the NCSO Training Room, located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Jan. 8

Just like with my homemade laundry detergent, this recipe for dishwasher detergent was born out of necessity 15 years ago. We moved to Biloxi and had a dishwasher for the first time. I was already making my own laundry detergent, so it didn't seem like a very big jump to making this. I've refined it over the years depending on where we live and how hard or soft the water is and the age and quality of the dishwasher we have.

January 08, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man who looks like TI arrested for DUI

A man asleep at the gas pumps at QuickTrip was arrested early Saturday morning. And while authorities accused him of drinking, he insisted he'd merely been listening to "church music."

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man uses choir as cover for drug deal

When officers confronted a man about what they thought was a drug deal in front of S&S Package Store, he denied it, saying he had been chatting with the other man about his church choir.

January 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thanksgiving skeleton is Griffin teen

Skeletal remains found on Thanksgiving have been identified as those of Griffin teen 18-year-old Aron Samuel Lee Hudson who was last seen in February 2011.

January 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JOB OPENING: Ready to give up the commute to Atlanta and Get off I-20?

The Covington News is seeking results oriented people who have an eagerness to make money as an Advertising Sales Rep. We are looking for highly motivated sales reps to join a fast-paced, quality driven, local company. The successful candidate will be aggressive, determined, on-line savvy and an excellent communicator. If you have experience with outside sales, preferably selling advertising, this job may be right for you.

January 06, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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