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Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers

Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.

April 22, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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SPLOST projects discussed at meeting

The county commissioners met Monday night to discuss the 2005 and 2011 SPLOST projects.

August 04, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


A man turns himself in after accidentally shooting wife in the hand

Gary Lee Hunt, 47, and his wife had been drinking Friday evening when Hunt decided to show his wife his gun. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, he was trying to show his wife how to shoot his gun.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 3

Reader Greg Dennington submitted this photo of a pole in Porterdale on Broad Street.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in drunken fight

Warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Nelson Callahan on charges of battery after a drunken fight at the Ozone Saturday night.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding woman caught with marijuana and gun

A woman stopped for driving too fast ended up charged with firearm and drug possession as well Sunday afternoon.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia booster seat law changes

Changes to the state's booster seat law affect all children under the age of 8 and can result in significant penalties for adults if not followed.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 3

Andrew G. Snow, possession of dangerous drugs, 12 months probation, $1,000. Discharging a gun, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. Criminal trespass consecutive. Loitering and prowling, 12 months probation concurrent. Stay away order.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council invited to consecration ceremony

To show their appreciation to Covington city council, the African American Historical Association has invited the city to attend a consecration ceremony for the 300 unmarked graves recently discovered in City Cemetery.

August 03, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Let's Come Together to Make Madison Roar!

Let's Come Togetherto Make Madison Roar!

August 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shot off Kirkland Road Saturday evening

A man was shot in his apartment on Kirkland Road Saturday night.

August 01, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Amazing Alpacas

Mike and Melissa Hall don't have an ordinary farm. While some people would like to have traditional farm animals like cows and chickens, they choose to have alpacas.

July 31, 2011 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 31

Dennis A. Jones, violation of probation, continued, must have all community service done, proof of enrollment in GED class, probation fees paid.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On Fabulous Mama: Tip of the Week - July 31

Blueberry cobbler is such a yummy summer treat and it can be super easy to make on the cheap when the berries are in season. My Littles and I are big, big fans of blueberry cobbler and I love seeing their stained berry smiles after they gobble up this homemade goodness. I can never decide if I like blueberry cobbler served warm with ice cream or served cold the next day.

July 31, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Wonder of flight worth the wait

As a young boy, Tom Oliver would build model airplanes and dream he was a member of the Flying Tigers, the group of American pilots who aided the Chinese against Japan in World War II.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hazzard County Supports Our Troops

Operation Sandbox dressed up as The Dukes of Hazzard Saturday on the Square to gather supplies to send overseas to our troops. Exact replicas of some famous Dukes vehicles were on site, and participants dressed up as several key characters.

July 31, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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