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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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N.C. man killed in Newton wreck

A North Carolina man was killed early this morning when he was ejected from his car on Ga. Highway 212.

June 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Minorities a majority of U.S. babies

WASHINGTON - For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies.

June 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


More rain today?

A line of strong storms packing wind gusts of up to 60 mph moved through Newton County Wednesday evening, dropping the temperature into the 70s in some locations.

June 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Homeless man accused of stealing $100

A homeless man is accused of stealing $100 from the wallet of a man who was giving him a ride to The Depot Friday night.

June 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting stepchild

A man who was undergoing a mental evaluation after reportedly admitting to the ongoing molestation of his stepdaughter has been arrested.

June 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Finger to seek re-election in Porterdale

Porterdale Councilwoman Linda Finger has announced that she will seek re-election to the council.

June 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Bust yields hundreds of pot plants

Two people have been arrested after more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found in a grow house and two additional buildings off King Bostick Road, according to The Newton County Sheriff's Office.

June 22, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


State puts probationers to work

LESLIE - It's 3:25 p.m. in a dusty cucumber field in south Georgia. A knot of criminal offenders who spent seven hours in the sun harvesting buckets of vegetables by hand have decided they're calling it quits - exactly as crew leader Benito Mendez predicted in the morning.

June 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn announces council replacement

Dennis Fincher has been announced as the replacement of John Donaldson for the Newborn Town Council.

June 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County says no to millage hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed Monday evening to keep the millage rate at 10.91.

June 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City set to mow railroad corridor

The overgrown Norfolk Southern railroad right-of-way through Covington is about to get a grooming.

June 21, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Carjacking suspect plunges into DeKalb lake

LITHONIA - A woman says a man carjacked her in Atlanta, and DeKalb County authorities say they're searching a lake for him after he crashed the car into a tree.

Assistant DeKalb Fire Chief Garret Smith says the man was fleeing police early Tuesday when the car struck a tree in the Southland Country Club. Police say the man jumped into a lake, tried to swim across and disappeared.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three arrested in toddler's death in van

JONESBORO - Police say they've arrested the administrator and two staff members of the day care in Clayton County where a 2-year-old girl died after being left in a van following a field trip.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford swears in new council member

Oxford has a new budget year and a new council member.

June 21, 2011 | | LOCAL


Playground razors earn jail time for two

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Authorities say two men accused of taping razor blades to playground equipment at a Columbus park last year have been sentenced to prison.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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