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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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AFLAC duck finds new voice

NEW YORK - Aflac is betting a sales manager from Minnesota has the voice to drive the name "Aflac" into the recesses of your brain and keep it there.

Daniel McKeague, 36, a father of three from Hugo, Minn., beat out 12,500 other contestants to replace actor Gilbert Gottfried and become the new voice of the reinsurance company's duck mascot.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Atlanta jobless rate drops

ATLANTA - Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area declined to 9.8 percent in March.

He said that's down from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs up, who has cheapest fuel?

Average retail gasoline prices in metro Atlanta have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.74/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.83/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Check out the lowest gas prices in the Covington area and across the nation here.

April 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pastor prayed with Butts murder suspect

JACKSON - Authorities say a Georgia pastor played a key role on Easter Sunday in ending the search for a suspect accused of killing two family members.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Meet the Congressman tonight

U.S. Representative Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) will stage a town hall meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse in Covington.

April 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three nabbed in MARTA train attack

ATLANTA - Authorities say they've arrested two men and a 16-year-old who face charges in connection with attacks on passengers aboard a commuter train headed for Atlanta's airport.

MARTA police said Monday that 19-year-old Jarquez Scott and 20-year-old Zantavious Sanchez Scott are being held in the Fulton County Jail.

April 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Covington traffic stops yields drug bust

A routine traffic stop for a faulty tail light resulted in a Covington man on the wrong end of a stun gun and his arrest on multiple drug-related charges.

April 25, 2011 | | LOCAL


Jesus statue restored

ROSWELL - A marble statue of Jesus vandalized outside a Catholic church in Roswell before Easter Services has been restored, lifting the spirits of congregation members.

Worshippers discovered the vandalism when they arrived for Easter Sunday mass at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church to find the 9-foot statue defaced with bright pink paint.

April 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Cabbie robbed, gunman shot in head

RIVERDALE, Ga. - Authorities say a taxi driver was robbed at an ATM in Riverdale and police later found the suspect shot.

April 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


No serious injuries in Gwinnett bus crash

LILBURN, Ga.- Police say no one was seriously injured when one Gwinnett County school bus rear-ended another.

April 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn's Horneyhead Fish Fest Saturday

Ah, the horneyhead chub. You know, those minnow-like fish with the little horns on their heads. Well, maybe you don't.

April 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No violations by Porterdale Fire Chief

Investigation of Porterdale Fire Department complete

April 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water, landfill fees to rise in Newton

Expect higher water rates and landfill tipping fees in fiscal year 2012 as Newton County seeks to balance its water and solid waste funds.

April 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Extraordinary egg drop

There was plenty to do at the Easter egg drop on Saturday at Legion Field. Check out our photo gallery.

April 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community band performs Monday

Annual performance: The Newton County Community Band will stage its 18th annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Eastside High School. The band is directed by Timothy K. Adams and the concert is free.

April 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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