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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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Savannah students make gold teeth video

SAVANNAH, Ga. - With their principal's encouragement, a group of Savannah High School students wrote a song about a fixture in hip-hop culture - removable gold teeth known as grills.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thundershowers likely tonight

There's a 90 percent chance of rain and thundershowers after midnight in Newton County, but any severe weather likely will be confined to northwest Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Children killed in meth fire buried

DALTON, Ga. - More than 100 people attended the burial Wednesday of three young children killed in a suburban Atlanta house fire.

The mourners wept as the three tiny white coffins - adorned by floral sprays of white roses and white carnations - were lowered into the Georgia red clay.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pollen count soaring

Experts say warm weather has ushered in high pollen levels in Georgia, and the peak season hasn't even arrived yet.

WSB-TV reports that the higher temperatures in recent weeks have led to a surging pollen count.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mary Arnwine is volunteer of the year

Mary Arnwine volunteers at so many places she has trouble keeping track. She works with the Sunday school and Stephen ministry groups at First United Methodist Church, delivers flower arrangements to nursing homes, bakes cookies for the library, is involved in the Covington Women's Club and is a fantastic mother.

February 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

The winners of the 50th anniversary Little Mr. and Miss Newton pageant held at Alcovy High School on Saturday were:

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 23

o James Turbyfield, violation of probation, revoke 2 years; theft by taking, 10 years probation, 2 years confinement, $1,000, stay away order; simple battery, 12 months probation concurrent, $500; hindering emergency worker, 12 months probation concurrent, $500, stay away order, anger management class.

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


K-9 sleuth a Hometown Hero

Pete the bloodhound has been described as many things. Not only is he stubborn, but he is hard-working and dedicated. He's also a hero, at least to one little girl who was lost in the woods.

February 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber makes economic development hire

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has hired its economic development leader.

February 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


9-1-1: By the numbers

Covington/Newton County 911 has released its annual report and calls have exceeded the 110,000 mark for 2010, increasing 4 percent since 2009, but without an increase in staff.

February 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


HOPE changes outlined by Deal, legislators

ATLANTA - Only Georgia's top-performing high school students would continue to receive free public college tuition under sweeping changes Gov. Nathan Deal and Republicans proposed Tuesday for the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Plans for Falcon stadium move forward

ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia World Congress Center Authority will enter into a "memo of understanding" - the next step toward a new, open-air stadium for the NFL team.

Both sides say the agreement does not constitute a done deal, but allows them to begin discussions about the business relationship that would be involved in whatever plan is developed.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford zoning plan work continues

The proposed zoning ordinance remains a work in progress for the city of Oxford, but the document that's been more than a year in the making should be ready for a council vote by spring.

February 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


ID information stolen from Emory Healthcare

ATLANTA - Emory Healthcare says it has alerted thousands of patients about a fraud scheme in which Social Security numbers were stolen.

Hospital officials said Monday that someone stole personal patient information and used it illegally.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pre-k supporters rally today

ATLANTA - Advocates for Georgia's pre-kindergarten program plan a rally at the state Capitol.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon. Advocates will call upon Gov. Nathan Deal and legislators to commit to supporting the program for the 150,000 4-year-olds in the state who are eligible to participate.

February 22, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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