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.
The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.
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.
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.
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 ...
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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.
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.
Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).
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.
The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.
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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.
Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.
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.
For nearly 30 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church's Youth Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program has provided Newton County children with valuable social and educational skills.
Local black Masons celebrated their 131st anniversary in Covington Saturday, and Mayor Kim Carter proclaimed June 25, 2011, as Friendship Lodge 20 Day.
The International Committee of the Red Cross has honored Mark Burton, a lifetime Covington resident, with a Florence Nightingale medal.
A 19-year-old has been charged with raping a girl he met on Facebook.
A Covington man charged with molesting his children's babysitter served two days in jail before bonding out.
An attorney for accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado on Thursday filed 18 motions in the death penalty case against the defendant.
The Georgia State Patrol is reminding motorists to buckle up this weekend and to plan travel activities with safety in mind.
MARIETTA - Authorities say a Cobb County man has been charged with using his iPod to videotape under women's skirts without their permission.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending all construction-related lane closures during the Fourth of July weekend.
Declining property values continue to hit Porterdale hard and will force the city to raise its property tax rate by 2 mills, lay off two city workers and add 12 furlough days.
CINCINNATI - In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a judicial panel in Cincinnati on Wednesday affirmed an earlier ruling that Congress can require Americans to have minimum insurance coverage.
A naked man was arrested late last night, parked outside of Walmart in Covington.
Anyone who knew Tommy Lee Millwood Sr. can't help but smile when reminiscing about his larger-than-life personality and his undying love for music.
The Historic Courthouse has gotten a retro look for the Fourth of July. The red, white and blue bunting is in a style that adorned the courthouse about 1908 for an endurance car race, according to Cheryl Delk, special projects coordinator for the Newton County Commission. The image was from a period postcard from Gary Doster that Delk came across that is part of the GeorgiaInfo collection (see it here).
Youth sports broadcasts are back on the air in Newton County, but you'll need a PC instead of a television to watch them.