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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


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


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Man arrested for terroristic threats

A 21-year-old man was arrested Monday after statements he made and behavior he exhibited at First United Methodist Church in Covington caused several people to become concerned.

August 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holloway, Allen announce ready for Sept. trial

The case against Julian Antun Holloway and Cecil Freeman Allen has been slowly making its way through the Newton County judicial system. But after more than two years, attorneys for both the defense and the prosecution have announced they are ready for trial.

August 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman charged in '07 murder of her baby

A former Covington woman was charged with murder Tuesday in the 2007 death of her 5-week-old baby.

August 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local man receives award

Henry B. Adams Jr., a resident of Newton County, has been recognized by the Cambridge Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs for 2010-2011 and by the Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers for 2009- 2010.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


All’s right with the Rotary

Rotary honors:

(Left) Nine members of the Covington Rotary were recently honored with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award. They were (from left) Nathan Pulliam- past president, Carolyn Leonard, Patrick Crawford, Lanier Simms, Jody Smith, Wayne Pugh, Dick Bellairs - Past President, Mike Lassiter - Past President, Christy Lassiter and District Governor Gene Windham.

August 25, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Review: The Switch marred by unfortunate premise

So I decided to take a break from gory violence and mindless comedies this weekend and made the choice to watch a romantic comedy instead. Boy, what a choice I made. "The Switch," directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck ("Blades of Glory"), seemed middlebrow initially, but the more I thought about it, the more I became disgusted with it.

August 25, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Man holds family captive in Wal-Mart

Officers were called to Wal-Mart Friday afternoon when a woman with five children passed a note to the service desk clerk, begging her to call the police because she was being held hostage.

August 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Popeyes closes; CharterBank moves out of McIntosh

A couple of local businesses have left Covington recently as the effects of the recession continue to linger amidst the hope of an economic turnaround.

August 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Naked man arrested in Turner Lake Park

People enjoying the trails at Turner Lake complex Thursday evening saw more than they bargained for after they reportedly found a man standing on the trails with no clothes on.

August 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSS looking into buying local produce

The Newton County School System would love to buy fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers, but it remains to be seen whether a grouping of local farmers would be able to provide enough food for 16,000-plus students at a reasonable cost.

August 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sorority, academy offer assistance to local homeless

Several women from the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter were treated to makeovers thanks to the Golden Razor Academy and the sisters of the Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

August 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Britt barricades self in bedroom to avoid warrant

Officers went to a home on Hidden Branches Way to serve an outstanding arrest warrant, but the wanted man was less than cooperative, according to reports.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City considers strict building regulations in Walker’s Bend

The Covington Redevelopment Authority and residents in Walker's Bend want to see only high-quality structures built in the subdivision to aid in its revitalization and protect the city's significant investment in the area.

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC approves contractors for NSP park

Approving the contractors for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program public park in Fairview Estates was decidedly simpler than previous conversations about whether to have a park at all.

August 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local churches to give away food to those in need in Aug.

In these hard economic times, many families are in need of food. On Monday, Aug. 30, several area Newton and Rockdale County churches will be distributing free boxes of food to all those in need.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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