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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


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


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County to buy vehicles with '11 SPLOST

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved spending $77,736 in 2011 SPLOST funds to purchase four vehicles.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents invited to celebrate county

Residents want to have convenient access to work, school and shopping. They want to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. They want to be healthy and live in a scenic place, and many of them want to be connected to the place they live. They want a high quality of life.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed bill could free up jail space

The Georgia legislature is considering a bill that aims to reduce the number of inmates and save the state and local governments money by using some alternative punishments.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 4-H'ers take project honors

As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.

March 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Daylight saving time begins 2 a.m. Sunday

Tonight while many Newton County residents are sleeping, time will "spring forward." At 2 a.m. this morning, most of America will set their clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter March 24 during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's event will be at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Public assistance sought for missing teen

Officials are seeking assistance as they try to locate a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home Tuesday.

March 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI arrests former RCSO deputy

IN BRIEF: The deputy who was fired after an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a Heritage High School student was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for charges of lying to investigators.

March 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested for meth possession

Covington Police Department arrested a man and his wife for possession of methamphetamine less than one ounce with intent to distribute at Covington Lodge after responding to an anonymous call March 3.

March 08, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Volunteer for Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices are up; expected to keep rising

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70/g Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.71/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP to host skeet shoot fundraiser

The Newton County GOP is hosting a skeet shoot and barbecue banquet dinner March 23 at the South River Gun Club to support gun rights and revive its scholarship fund.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots self in leg, faces host of charges

A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after shooting himself in the leg Friday evening. But rather then end there, the story got more complicated, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

March 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council considers CNG fueling station

The city will examine the possibility of building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and converting some of its fleet to run on CNG in an effort to save money and possibly even produce future revenue.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gingrich takes Newton with 59 percent

Newt Gingrich took Newton County Tuesday with overwhelming support, capturing 59.4 percent of the vote on his way to winning Georgia's primary with 48 percent of the vote.

March 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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