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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


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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Shooting on Va. Tech campus

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech officials said a police officer and another person were shot and killed on the school's campus Thursday and the university locked down the campus, where 33 people died in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

December 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Get free tickets for legislative breakfast

The Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are hosting the Legislative Prayer Breakfast for the second straight year from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Jan. 6 at the Turner Lake Complex.

December 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


‘The Nutcracker’ to be performed Saturday and Sunday

For the last decade, the Covington Regional Ballet has presented the holiday classic, "The Nutcracker," and this year the ballet has new choreography, production and directors.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Reads finds new home

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

William Fred Adams, 60, 4197 Ga. Highway 36, Covington, Nov. 23. Disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A man still facing charges of bestiality in Newton County was arrested Saturday afternoon of charges of cocaine possession.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO holding annual bike ride to benefit needy children

It's time once again for the annual Newton County Sheriff's Office toy run bike ride.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man robbed, shot

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for the two men who allegedly robbed and shot a homeless man on Usher Lane, off Bethany Road, early Friday morning.

December 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Talk redistricting maps on Tuesday

The public will get its first chance to comment on two proposed county redistricting maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle School, Community band to hold concerts

Clements Middle School holds winter concert Tues.

December 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday package sales delayed

Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library cutting employees, hours

The Newton County Library System is going to cut 30 percent of its staff by the end of calendar year 2011, a move that will save the system $200,000 during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Numerous fundraisers to benefit Miracle League this month

The Miracle League of Newton County is currently working on several events to benefit the program this Christmas.

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two Newton students finalists for Georgia Piedmont student of year

Two Newton County students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College were among 10 students selected as semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen cited for drinking after leaving party

A Newton County teen was cited after authorities reportedly found him drunk on Oakwood Lane Monday night.

December 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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