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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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Rome boy hurt by falling tree recovers

ROME - Friends say an 8-year-old boy seriously hurt when he was struck in the head by a tree while swimming in a northwest Georgia creek is making progress during his recovery.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Flight back to ATL with engine problem

ATLANTA - An engine problem caused a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles to returned to Atlanta shortly after taking off.

June 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn council in called meet tonight

The Town of Newborn Council will meet in a called session at 7 tonight to discuss appointment of a new council member and to discuss the right of way of the unused Norfolk Southern rail line through town.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Covington set to approve budget tonight

The City of Covington is set to approve its 2011-2012 fiscal year budget at tonight's 6:30 meeting.

June 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Fed judge holds hearing on Georgia immigration law

ATLANTA - Civil liberties groups argued Monday that Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration should not take effect until a lawsuit challenging it as unconstitutional is resolved, and a judge said he likely would rule on that request before the law takes effect.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Vogel State Park

Vogel State Park offers everything you could want in a weekend getaway.

June 20, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Fulton murder conviction reversed

ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in 1984.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


New loan open to state college students

ATLANTA - Georgia students can now apply for low-interest loans aimed to help families that need extra help paying for college.

June 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Blended families a growing trend

In his day-to-day life, Tyrone Oliver investigates crimes, the worst things that people do to one another. But at the end of the day, he leaves that at the door when he walks into the home he shares with his wife and the five children they have between them.

June 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Five arrested after bar fight at Depot

Five people were arrested following a bar fight early Friday at a Covington nightclub.

June 19, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Juneteenth celebrated in city

Following the end of the Civil War, black slaves in Texas were finally freed on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, a day that has since become know as Juneteenth.

June 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fuzz Run looking for sponsors

The Covington Police Department is looking for sponsors for its 28th annual Fuzz Run this September.

June 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dog talks continue in Porterdale

The City of Porterdale has decided to not let sleeping dogs lie.

June 17, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


SKC gets grant for new plant

SKC received a $350,000 state grant to purchase equipment, as the company works to open a manufacturing plant to produce the film that encases solar panels.

June 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Geoffroy finishes term as president of Young Lawyers Division

Michael G. Geoffroy of Covington has finished his term as president of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. He turned over the gavel to incoming President Stephanie J. Kirijan of Atlanta during the organization's annual meeting recently at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

June 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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