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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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Molestation charge filed against Morgan County teacher

MADISON - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a 27-year-old Morgan County middle school teacher is charged with child molestation, enticing a minor and sexual assault.

March 15, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hurry: Polls close at 7 p.m. for SPLOST vote

It's up to Newton County voters on Tuesday to decide the fate of the 2011 SPLOST.

March 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church in the Now facing foreclosure

Church in the Now's properties on Iris Drive in Conyers are going into foreclosure, according to a March 10 listing.

The nondenominational megachurch entered into an $18.5 million agreement with the Evangelical Christian Credit Union in June 2007 for the properties and buildings at 1873, 1875 and 1877 Iris Drive.The market value of 1873 Iris Drive was listed as $11.8 million in 2010 and the assessed value was listed as $4.7 million, according to the Rockdale County Tax Commissioner's office.

March 14, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Newton teen charged in rape of toddler

A 3-year-old was reportedly raped Saturday and a 19-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges in connection with the assault, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

March 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Senate may consider Sunday booze sales after all

ATLANTA - The issue of Sunday liquor sales may have found new life in the Senate now that the bill's sponsor sees renewed support for the measure.

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Japan earthquake won't stall Votgle

The head of the Atlanta-based Southern Co. does not expect an earthquake that has caused a nuclear crisis in Japan will delay the construction of two more nuclear reactors in eastern Georgia.

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning said in a statement that his company is monitoring events in Japan, but it remains committed to building two new reactors at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro. Fanning said he still expects the project will keep its current construction schedule and remain on budget. Its principal owners are Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp. Dalton Utilities and MEAG Power. The City of Covington is a ...

March 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Liberty Middle instructors honored

Two Liberty Middle School instructors were among 30 from across Georgia who were honored recently for their achievements in education at the United In Christ Forever's annual Unity Conference.

March 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


At Home with the Hambys

Who: Bobby and Debra Hamby

March 13, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Friends help community center

Two years ago, Doug Vason and three friends donated $600 to the Washington Street Community Center.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Delia Fleming elected local GOP chair

The Newton County Republican Party elected local officials and state delegates Saturday morning as it prepares for the 2012 presidential election.

March 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Abortion bill tabled in state Senate

ATLANTA - A legislative committee has tabled legislation that would have shut down abortion clinics in Georgia.

Senate Rules Committee chairman Don Balfour, a Republican from Snellville, said after a meeting Friday that he decided to table the bill because of concerns about significant changes added to the bill the day before.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Students earn honors at science competition

Several Newton County students took honors in the recent Griffin RESA 2011 Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local mom to run in Miles for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

Kendra Losch is no athlete: She's just a mom who loves her children.

March 11, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


4-H: A trip to the Capitol

Newton 4-H'ers were honored at the State Capitol during Equine Youth Day. 4-H'ers honored were (L-R) Beau Worley, Indian Creek; Morgan Worley, Eastside; Cory Lytle, home school; Remington Warthen, Ficquett; Jessica Tabb, Heritage; and Cassie Warthen, Cousins. They were accompanied by volunteer 4-H leader Martha Worley.

March 11, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


2011 academic calendar approved

The school calendar for the 2011-2012 school year was approved Tuesday by the Newton County Board of Education, with a start date of Aug. 4.

March 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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