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School CRCT scores released

The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.

June 25, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Man caught in act near Alcovy Fitness

A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.

June 25, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Full moons and stars in Rockdale

It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.

June 25, 2014 | | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: 4th of July weekend

Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water and sewer rates changing

Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC renews accreditation

Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘When all else fails, ham radio works!’

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary club installs new officers, president

The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teacher attends space camp

A Rockdale County teacher joined 204 middle school math and science teachers to take a teacher-only field trip out of this world.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Testing overhaul

What students, parents and teachers have been doing to prepare for and take tests until now may not cut it next year, and the Newton County Schools administration is doing its best to prepare for a more rigorous year.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan to be discussed in series of meetings

The 2050 Plan, both lauded and applauded, will be discussed in a series of public meetings starting July 14.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC has accreditation reaffirmed

Georgia Perimiter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Flood Coverage: 'It just kept raining'

When Cecil Yarbrough walked outside his home at the Riverside Estates Mobile Home Park Saturday morning and noticed water from the Yellow River was standing at around five inches, he decided to move, thinking that the river couldn't possibly get any higher. Now displaced and living with friends, he realizes just how wrong he was.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: Historic Covington rainfall

Aug. 2, 1887: The Covington Star reported that 16 inches of rain fell in a continuous downpour that began on July 27. Before the rain stopped another 2 inches fell, bringing the total to 18 inches. In the city of Covington, foot bridges were destroyed, streets and sidewalks were washed out, houses leaked and cellars flooded. The Star published an article stating: "the streams are higher than they have ever been known before, even by 'the oldest inhabitant.'" Damages in the county were estimated at $100,000 or almost $2.4 million in today's money. The Georgia Railroad trestle ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: In their own words

Chuck Berry

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Straight Shootin’

Take Aim! Two shooting ranges (50 - & 100-yard) offer recreational shooters a chance to take aim. No license or fee is required for using the range complex. Visitors are asked to sign in at the range and abide by the posted rules. A DNR range safety officer can help you with any questions. You must bring your own eye and ear protection, targets and target stands. The target should be high enough for the round to strike the backstop berm and not the ground, thereby reducing the chance of it skipping off and escaping the range. You must remove all of ...

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: ‘You take a chance every time you put that boat in the water’

According to Newton County Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Smith, as waters continue to recede, the threat of impending rain is a concern - albeit a slight one.

September 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Coverage: receding waters

Throughout the day Monday, Barbara Green monitored the weather as well as the Yellow River, which was slowly climbing out of its bed and inching its way toward her back door.

September 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood warning in effect throughout evening

The National Weather Service Doppler radar estimates that between 1.0 and 1.5 inches of rain may fall in Newton County this evening. Because the ground is completely saturated from recent heavy rains the additional rains could result in runoff into area creeks, streams and rivers. Flooding in low-lying and flood prone areas is predicted to be likely as is flooding of some roads - especially poor drainage areas.

September 26, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton decalred federal disaster area

Catoosa, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties were added to the list of counties declared federal disaster areas late Friday, making residents eligible for recovery assistance.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flash flood watch issued by National Weather Service through Saturday night

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night for 44 counties, including Rockdale and Newton.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sewage plant overflows into Yellow River

Up to 225,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage spilled into the Yellow River on Wednesday morning, when part of the Water and Sewage Authority's wastewater treatment plant had to be closed down due to flooding.

September 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Continuing generosity

Continuing generosity: A donation of $200 was presented to the Safety Vest Fund Drive for the Newton County Sheriff's Office by the John O. McCart VFW Post 2938 of Covington on Sept. 19. The donation was presented by Jimmy French, right, to Susan Gilbert.

September 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Driver Services Centers to close once a month

Department of Driver Services (DDS) has scheduled four (4) furlough days in accordance with a July 22, 2009 directive from the Office of Planning and Budget (OPB).

All DDS customer service centers and administrative offices throughout the state will be closed on the following days:

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Protect your property after a flood

Across the country each year, many people become victims of tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes or wildfires. These natural disasters cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars annually.

One of the untold costs associated with disasters are those losses due to fraud. Often "fly-by-night" contractors appear in communities right after a disaster and further victimize the victims by swindling them out of their precious and often limited resources by offering cheap and quick repair work. Here's a warning from home builders that may save you from another disaster: unscrupulous contractors.

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowell Road and Brown Bridge Road bridge will remain closed

According to Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan Crowell Road at Brown Bridge and Interstate 20 and the Brown Bridge Road bridge are closed semi-permanently until water recedes and the damage can be further assessed. There has been a sinkhole identified on Crowell Road and significant erosion. The roads which remain closed will be evaluated as the water recedes to see if they are safe to reopen to the public.

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Receding waters: closed roads beginning to open

Newton County has been declared in a state of emergency by the governor after torrential downpours have forced the Yellow River to swell to mammoth proportions.

September 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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