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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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Miracle League announces art contest winners

The Special Olympics ended last week, but the Miracle League of Newton County is committed to providing recreational opportunities to children with special needs year round.

May 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local cyclists ride to provide

The Ride to Provide to benefit the Porterdale Police Department and to honor fallen officers has set their second annual bike ride for Saturday, Peace Officer's Memorial Day.

May 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tandem bike rally brings county revenue

Newton County residents may see nearly 100 tandem bikes riding around this weekend, and some local businesses will see thousands of extra dollars enter their registers.

May 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A dedicated man

For more than 54 years, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Thomas T. Irvin has dedicated his life to public service, but Wednesday afternoon, the tables were turned when Irvin had a cabin dedicated to him at the FHA/FCCLA Center.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


National Salvation Army Week

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman injured by neighbor's pit bull

A 56-year-old woman was attacked and seriously injured Saturday morning when her nephew's pit bull attacked her.

According to reports from the Covington Police Department, when officers arrived they spoke with the dog's owner who reportedly told them every day his aunt walks through the fence on the right side of his home, heading around the backyard where he resides with his grandparents, but on this day, he heard his brother saying "get off" and ran outside to see what was happening.

May 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Charlie Elliott hosts J.A.K.E.S. Day

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center's Wildlife Discovery Area in Mansfield will play host the 14th annual J.A.K.E.S. Day Festival on Saturday. This fun-filled family event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is free and includes an array of activities that focus on wildlife, conservation efforts and outdoor recreational opportunities in Georgia. Children can try their hands at archery, fishing, shooting sports, go on a mini-boat ride with a WRD conservation ranger and have their faces decorated with wildlife art.

May 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Main Street Covington dedicates art wall in honor of Irene Smith

Wednesday afternoon young artists, Mainstreet Covington board members, Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce members and friends and family of Irene Smith gathered at the chamber visitor center to honor her service to the organization's tourism division as well as the Main Street program.

May 13, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Two killed in car accident

Two teens were killed and a third remains hospitalized in serious condition following a single car accident Saturday evening on Almon Road.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More room to breathe

The administrative staff of the Newton County Fire Service has a new place to call home after a generous donation from a Newton County resident.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC serves up BBQ

Barbecue for NICU: The fourth annual Newton Medical Center Auxiliary barbecue will be held on May 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Stalvey's Restaurant on U.S. Highway 278. Tickets are $6 for a plate of barbecue, Brunswick stew, slaw and bread. There also will be homemade desserts to choose from for a small additional cost. Patrons can either drive through to pick up their plates or dine inside. All of the food is donated by Jim and Sharon Stalvey, who allow the Auxiliary to apply 100 percent of the ticket price to the neonatal intensive care ...

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Fire Department to host ‘Fire House 5’ race

Covington Fire Department officials are organizing an inaugural "Fire House 5" 5K Run and a 1-mile fun run to benefit the Covington Fireman's Memorial Scholarship, which provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the Newton County School system, to be held on May 22. The road race will run the same course as the popular Covington Fuzz Run.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Infant injured in altercation

An infant was transported to an area hospital after a fight between the child's babysitter and her boyfriend ended with the child being injured.

May 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale Sheriff’s Office deputy killed on duty

Deputy Brian Lamar Mahaffey of the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office was shot and killed today in the line of duty while serving warrant papers at a home on Sand Hill Drive.

May 12, 2010 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


The Campout of the Century

From Friday evening until Sunday morning, a small city of Boy Scouts will be encamped at Bert Adams Scout Reservation on Ga. Highway 36 South.

May 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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