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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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Scout: Covington courthouse perfect for ‘Footloose’

Once again, it was Covington's scenic courthouse and town square that nabbed the city a part in a prominent film.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mayors discuss SPLOST, railroad

The county is having a SPLOST work session at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Historic Courthouse, and Newton County's mayors are preparing to make a united stand to make sure they receive their fair share of SPLOST dollars.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New ownership

The former Komastu forklift plant in Lochridge Industrial Park was purchased for $4 million by local business Kelly Products, owned by Keith Kelly.

Kelly could not be reached for comment during the past few weeks, but he appears to be the owner of several local companies including Contract Packaging, Kelly Products and Kelly Registration Services, according to county tax documents and various company websites.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rivers Alive!

Over 300 volunteers helped clean up local waterways last year, and coordinators are expecting even more to participate in Rivers Alive this year. Volunteers in Covington will kick-off river cleanup events at the Covington square at 8 a.m. on Oct. 2.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cornish Creek water treatment facility expansion dedication Tues.

There will be a dedication of the expansion project to Newton County's Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility at Lake Varner at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested after scissors stabbing

A 28-year-old man remains incarcerated at the Newton County Detention Center after being arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly stabbing someone in the head with a pair of scissors.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Clane Drive in reference to a man being stabbed. When they arrived they reportedly found some people standing on the porch waving their arms for help and when officers walked up to the house they found a man sitting there holding a bloody towel against the left side of his head.

September 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Bankrupting of Bob Riddell

Bob Riddell is fed up with the way the city's been treating him and he's making it known. As the owner of Dixie Jet Services, the firm that operates the Covington Municipal Airport, Riddell has been struggling to operate his business during a down economy, a runway construction project that went months past deadline and a threat of early termination looming over his head.

Riddell said he's had to sell off assets, including planes and even personal property, and take out a significant chunk of loans, just to weather the year that the airport has been either ...

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three murder trials to be heard in September

Several trials are scheduled to take place in Newton County Superior Court this month.

September 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top Brass

Band of brothers: The Jazz Guardians, part of the Army Ground Forces Band based out of Fort McPherson, performed Thursday on the square in Newton County. The band dazzled the audience with an excited, practiced performance. Every Thursday during the month of September, the Arts Association of Newton County will sponsor a luncheon concert on the square. The events are free and begin at noon.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 3

Young children enjoyed playing on the brand new playground at City Park in Social Circle after the grand opening ribbon cutting Friday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 03, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Covington man found dead in Atlanta water plant

The body of Larry Dwayne Bradley, a plant operator at an Atlanta water treatment plant, was found dead there last week.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ozburn nominated to Georgia Court of Appeals, declines

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn has declined a nomination to the Georgia Court of Appeals.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Parking ordinance would prevent some commercial vehicles from res. areas

The city council reached a consensus Wednesday about what kind of larger commercial vehicles will be allowed to park in residential areas.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Troopers prepare for busy holiday weekend

The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel impaired during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period. Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be working alongside sheriff's deputies and police officers in an effort to keep the holiday weekend as safe as possible.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fuel failure

The Covington Municipal Airport once again ran low on fuel, and it appears airport operator Dixie Jet Services may have run out of second chances.

The Covington City Council has again summoned the company, this time to its Sept. 8 council meeting, to discuss a failure to maintain an adequate supply of Jet A aviation fuel. Jet fuel is similar to highly purified kerosene.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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