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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


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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65 trees planted in first NeighborWoods project

Fairview Estates was one of "those" neighborhoods - the kind where the developer cuts down every tree in the neighborhood during construction and goes bankrupt before the street trees are ever planted.

October 14, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson arrested for battery

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his arrest on Saturday evening on charges of battery.

October 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


SBA opens a third disaster center

The U.S. Small Business Administration announces today that they are establishing a Disaster Loan Outreach Center in Rockdale County. This will make the third

October 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 Covington residents killed in weekend accident

According to www.macon.com three people died Friday night in two-vehicle crash on Interstate 16 in Laurens County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Bonnie Jean Knight, 42, of Dublin was driving a 1999 Ford Windstar van east on I-16 in the westbound lane. She collided head-on with a 1998 Buick Regal driven by Rebecca Ann Hamm, 31, of Covington, said Sgt. K.E. DeLoach, the Dublin post commander.

October 12, 2009 | Courtesy of Macon.com | LOCAL


Commissioner Henderson not to hold press conference about battery charges

Update, Monday, 5:18 p.m.: Commissioner J.C. Henderson will not hold a press conference to discuss his battery charges this week. Anthony Carter, Henderson's attorney, said he told Henderson that he'd like to do an investigation before anything like a press conference takes place.

October 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead from this afternoon until Wednesday evening.

At 10 a.m. Monday the stage was 6.0 feet - the flood stage for the Yellow River is above 11.0 feet. The forecast is for the river to rise above flood stage by this afternoon and continue to rise to near 15.9 feet by tomorrow morning. At 16.0 feet, moderate flooding begins.

October 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man steals from Wal-Mart, attempts to flee across I-20 on foot

Covington Police Officers were forced to chase a man across a street and into the woods after he reportedly stole a digital tape recorder from Wal-Mart.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cars for a cause

Under the hood: The square was alive with nostalgia and the sounds of the Golden oldies as local folks came out to admire the antique cars on display last Sunday. The Covington Rotary sponsored the event, and raised over $13,500 for the benefit of the Miracle Field, according to Rotary Chairman Lanier Sims.

October 11, 2009 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Good eats, good Times

Tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs, smoked to perfection and coated in the mouth-watering spice rub. That was only one of the types of delicious barbecue served up at the fourth annual Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off, hosted by the Covington Lions Club, which took place Friday and Saturday at American Legion Field.

October 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boom town: Newton County grew at a rapid rate - but the jobs weren't following

This is the first of a three-part series examining how explosive growth and the housing market collapse have changed the face of Newton County.

October 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alpha Delta Kappa Month

Sorority sisters:

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Elkadettes lend a helping hand

Helpful smiles: The Covington Elkadettes recently gathered much-needed items to be delivered to the local women's shelter, Project ReNeWal. Project ReNeWal services Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties and offers assistance to women in crisis. The Covington Elkadettes are a part of the local Covington Elks Lodge No. 1806. Pictured are Peggy Hudgins, left, Elk Artis Standard, Elkadette President Pat Pippin and Betty Standard.

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Early voting for Nov. 3 elections open until Oct. 30

City council elections aren't until Nov. 3, but residents in Newton County's cities will be able to cast their vote early.

October 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baby formula bandits busted

Three people were arrested after an attempt to shoplift several thousand dollars worth of baby formula from a local grocery store Friday afternoon.

October 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO campaign - Oct. 9

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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