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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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Hazzard County Supports Our Troops

Operation Sandbox dressed up as The Dukes of Hazzard Saturday on the Square to gather supplies to send overseas to our troops. Exact replicas of some famous Dukes vehicles were on site, and participants dressed up as several key characters.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to talk SPLOSTs Monday

County commissioners will discuss how to spend remaining 2005 SPLOST road money and how to allocate future 2011 SPLOST money at a Monday work session at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for running illegal taxi service

Police busted a man running an illegal taxi service early Saturday morning, after receiving several tips from witnesses.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for man-handling girlfriend

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly man-handling his girlfriend Friday night.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals sends out extra checks

Some Snapping Shoals members may have received an extra refund check recently, but the electricity provider is asking members to destroy those checks.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y names volunteer of the year

Longtime Covington Y board member Dalton Knox is the Y's 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tourism increases in 2011

Newton County has been particularly popular in 2011 as more than 9,000 visitors have graced the chamber's welcome center through June.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community outreach donation

The Rev. Clara Lett, founder of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, is shown receiving a check for $500 from Mark Hodges, chairman of the Outreach Committee at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The donation comes from concerts and other special activities the church sponsors to raise funds throughout the year for community outreach.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benefit ride

Five'0 Clock Somewhere recently sponsored a benefit motorcycle ride for Ellis Lunsford, who has a heart condition. Stops included Hwy 142 Bar & Grill in Newborn, Fuzions in Monroe, and "The Depot" in Covington before riders returned to Five'0 Clock for an auction. The event attracted 48 riders, and raised, $5,600.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Argument over man ends in fight with tween

An argument between two women over a man ended with 18-year-old Shameka Shawanna-Nicole Stanley behind bars for fighting with a tween.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Loud music leads to arrest

A Covington man was arrested Sunday evening for underage drinking after an officer stopped his vehicle for loud music.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 29

Kenyetta Neal, violation of probation, week ends beginning July 22, suspended on completion of all community service and payment of all fees in full.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More than 35 cases of auto entering reported

Authorities are warning residents to lock their cars and not to leave items of value in plain sight after a rash of entering autos in the western part of the county.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Even rascals need reviving

On April 15, an ambulance from Newton Medical Center responded with county fire department units to a structure fire on Mills Drive. Every family member was fine except for one - the family dog.

July 29, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Buycrash.com offers local accident reports online

Rather than having to go to the police department to get an accident report, involved parties can now visit buycrash.com, a site offering electronic crash reports.

July 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


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