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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


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


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Salem Road Walmart hired 314 employees

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Road has hired 314 associates and is planning to have its grand opening from 7 to 8 a.m. March 14.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The first black co-homecoming queen

Sarah Cook smiles as she looked through her old 1973 yearbook. She turned through the pages and stopped at a homecoming court spread that showed her and five other girls.

February 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holt: Heading down the stretch

The House of Representatives honored the members of all branches of the Georgia National Guard last Wednesday. We wanted to make it clear how much their service is appreciated, especially in the challenges and sacrifices of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who fell in these conflicts were specifically remembered and honored, along with their families. Many of those family members were present, to include Vernorida Fuller and Quintez Harris, the wife and son of Staff Sergeant Carl Fuller of Covington.

February 25, 2012 | By Doug Holt | LOCAL


Last week for early voting for primary

This is the last week for to vote early for Georgia's March 6 presidential primary, which could play a part in deciding which Republican contender will face incumbent President Barack Obama in November.

February 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 4 p.m.

Covington and much of Georgia have been placed on a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Friday - http://wxch.nl/wK1Cy0

February 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illinois man arrested for sexual exploitation

An Illinois man has been arrested and extradited to Newton County on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distributing obscene materials.

February 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies for the troops

On Feb. 21, Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox, donated over 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq along with those serving on the home front as well. The Girl Scout cookies were donated by Charlotte McGuley who is currently working on her gold star award through the Girl Scout program.

February 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Man had gun at funeral of slain woman

Directly following the funeral of murdered Newton County woman Ketitra Techelle Jones, a semi-automatic handgun was collected and warrants have been issued for one man who reportedly tried to pull it on people attending the gathering.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Several pre-trial hearings March 7

Several murder cases are moving steadily forward in March with pre-trial hearings in front of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected in to keep rising

Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of a sharp rise in gasoline prices in the next few days and through the weekend in Atlanta.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supreme Court overturns Crowder plea

The guilty plea entered by Darrell Antonio Crowder in the 2008 murder of his estranged wife has been overturned by the Supreme Court, despite Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton's denial for a new trial in 2010.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newt Gingrich to visit Covington Feb. 29

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Newton County Feb. 29 as he campaigns in advance of the March 6 GOP presidential primary.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenage twins surviving on their own

Michael and Nathanial Hodge aren't your average 19-year-old twins. The Alcovy High School seniors have been self-sufficient and living on their own since they were 16.

February 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Young sentenced to death

After roughly six hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced 44-year-old Rodney Young to die for the bludgeoning and stabbing death of 28-year-old Gary Jones.

February 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Serious crimes decline in Covington

Serious crimes in Covington declined in 2011 for the second straight year, but the changes were a mixed bag as thefts and sexual offenses increased, while assaults and property thefts declined.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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