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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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Tax Break: How industries help cover the tax gap left by homes

This is the second part of a series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County, as well as the county's continuing efforts to attract new business. This second part examines how industry supports a community's ability to provide public services to its residents.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open burning ban begins May 1 for Newton County

Beginning May 1 and ending Sept. 30, EPD's open burning ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Getting the band together

Trombonanza! The Newton County Community Band will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastside High School. Admission to the event is free. The concert is directed by T. K. Adams, and this year the community band will be joined onstage during their performance of "Trombonanza" by eighth grade trumpet players from all four middle schools. Eighth grade musicians are Javontre Lanier and Devin Patton from Veterans Memorial, Michael Conner and Kelsey Foster from Liberty, Ben Bohannon and Damel Hardamon from Indian Creek and Jacob Hill and Margaret Holley ...

April 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2 brothers go to jail together

 Two brothers were arrested after one tried to interfere with the arrest of the other.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


United Way honors volunteer of the year

Scott Gowens was a selfless man - a man who devoted all of his free time toward helping others, but never accepted an ounce of praise. It's ironic and fitting that in death Gowens finally received recognition for his caring and generous spirit.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prevent Child Abuse Newton 2010 Family Awareness Festival

Family Fun: Prevent Child Abuse Newton held its annual family awarness festival and motorcycle ride fundraiser Saturday. Visitors had a variety of entertainment avenues to chose from at the festival which was held at the The Church at Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


9th Annual YMCA Cheerios Challenge

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County, cities back in compliance with DCA

 As of April 1, Newton County and its municipalities were back in compliance with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and eligible to receive new state funds.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn supports rails to trails idea

While Newton County and Covington officials debate whether to purchase the railroad, the Newborn Town Council is firmly in support of buying the railroad and converting it into trails.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The yellow menace

 The loblolly pine pollen coating your home, car and pets this week is the trees' attempt to spread their genes far and wide. Really far and really wide. The yellow dust has been found to travel up to 1,800 miles from its source.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hot shots

Annual Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament held on a beautiful Thursday.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


25 years of teaching

Carol Jolly started working at Woodlee's Christian Child Care Center in 1985 where she taught 2 year-olds. For the past 12 years, she has found her niche teaching third grade at the Academy. A reception in her honor will be held at the school located at 2125 Old Salem Road in Conyers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24. All of her past and present students are invited to attend.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Silver anniversary of service

Lula Smith-Rachels was presented with a 25-year service plaque and a bouquet of roses by Terre Wofford, CIC sales director Fla./Ga. for Guideon Insurance, for 25 years of service with the company. Smith-Rachels has been in business on the Covington square for 56 years. In celebration of her milestone of service, Smith-Rachels, Wofford, Wayne Vaughn (Smith-Rachel's son) and Smith Insurance Agency staff members Barbara Bell and Justin Thrower enjoyed lunch at Longhorn Steak House in Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport fuel farm to be working Monday

 The Covington Municipal Airport is nearly fully operational, but some snags remain. Atlanta East Aviation Manager Rusty Anglin said the two 10,000 gallon fuel tanks at the airport were filled Friday, but when employees tried to pump out the fuel, nothing happened.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Top Guns

 Top guns from the Atlanta area are competing head-to-head against the best "run and gun" shooters in the South this weekend at the South River Gun Club. The shooters are competing for regional titles in the 2010 U.S. Practical Shooting Association's (USPSA) Area 6 Handgun Championship sponsored by Glock.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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