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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


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


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Bolton named volunteer of the year

Doug Bolton received a new heart Monday evening, a fitting gift for a man who recently survived a heart attack.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after assaulting daughter

A man was arrested Wednesday night after reportedly assaulting his daughter during an argument.

February 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS to present "Little Shop of Horrors"

Eastside High School's drama department will present their spring production "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7 p.m. March 1 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. March 4, in the school's auditorium. Tickets will cost $3 for teachers, $5 for students and $7 for adults.

February 29, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Gingrich stops in Covington today

Newt Gingrich is believed to be the first presidential candidate to ever come through Newton County, but those who want to see him speak today are advised to arrive early.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cinderella visits Covington

Two Cinderellas and their Fairy Godmother were in Covington Tuesday, helping hospital volunteers raise $706 to go toward the purchase of new equipment for Newton Medical Center's emergency room.

February 29, 2012 | By Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn to pass paraphernalia ban

The town of Newborn is following Porterdale's lead in seeking to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia, and the town council is expected to approve the final reading of an ordinance at its March 5 meeting.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Get Outdoors Program is where frugal meets family fun

The Get Outdoors (GO) Program is where frugal meets family fun for Georgians. Our state boasts some of the most beautiful spaces in the country and accessing those spaces has become even easier with the GO Program. GO encourages families to get outdoors, get dirty, and get fit. With a state park within 50 miles of every state resident, your family could be living it up at a different state park every weekend for months.

February 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Health Scores - Feb. 29

o American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.

February 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gingrich targeting 'Super Tuesday' states

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - Plotting a comeback, Newt Gingrich looked beyond Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona to the Southern voters he hopes will rejuvenate his struggling campaign once more, including in his home state.

February 28, 2012 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga. teachers to lose pay for test cheating

ATLANTA (AP) - Teachers who cheat on standardized tests in Georgia would forfeit any bonuses they earn for student scores under a bill approved by House lawmakers.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal wants more time for HOPE changes

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he wants to wait more time before talking about altering the HOPE scholarship program again.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mattie's call canceled

UPDATE: The missing woman has been located. She was found in the Atlanta Jail where she had been since around 12 p.m. after being arrested for pedestrian in the roadway.

February 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bolton named volunteer of the year

Doug Bolton received a heart Monday evening, a fitting gift for a man who survived a heart attack.

February 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Youth has pink cast to honor bus driver

Lawson Beshear was out riding go-karts with a friend when the cart turned over and he broke his arm. After much consideration, Beshear chose pink, over all other colors, for his cast.

February 26, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Grand night had by all at the Monte Carlo for the Arts event

The Queen of Arts Monte Carlo for the Arts event was an exhilarating evening in that so many people attended to support The Southern Heartland Arts Inc. and its efforts in "supporting the visual arts and continuing their Community outreach programs and partnerships with other organizations." United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialists, Inc. were major contributors to this event along with several other "supporters and lovers of the arts."

February 26, 2012 | By Christy Lassiter | LOCAL


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