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.
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.
A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.
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.
The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.
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.
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.
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 ...
What kind of school system will Newton County be in the next five years?
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.
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.
Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).
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.
The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.
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.
More than 45,000 children in Georgia were homeless at some point during 2010, several hundred of whom were in Newton County, according to national and local homeless advocates.
Emergency room visits continued to mount in 2011, as Newton Medical Center saw 3,000, or 6.7 percent, more visits than in 2010.
The youngest of a group charged in the September beating death of 59-year-old Fred Layne Beeler has been granted a bond, although he has yet to post the amount needed to earn him freedom from the Newton County Jail.
While the previously proposed downtown civic center sits in limbo, officials are wondering if a new airport terminal building could be the city's premier conference center.
When Jim Weadick speaks, his words are chosen with the precision of a lawyer and his eyes have the attentiveness of an administrator, but his spontaneous and boisterous laugh is one of his most defining characteristics.
The Georgia Cattlemen's Association honored Ted Wynne at the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting with the Outstanding County Agent of the Year award.
A 35-year-old Newton County man remains in jail after being charged with beating his girlfriend and keeping her from calling 911 for help early Wednesday morning.
The Happy Meal has gotten even happier for one Covington man. Christopher Hamilton, 26, won $52,000 when he scratched a Georgia Lottery instant ticket at a McDonald's drive-thru.
Newton Medical Center CEO Jim Weadick was honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at Thursday's night chamber annual meeting for his lifetime of community service to Newton County.
The 112-year-old Monticello Street home that caught fire Wednesday afternoon may be a total loss, according to Covington Fire Captain Tony Smith.
A night out with friends turned ugly after a fight between two women turned into a fight between their boyfriends as well and ended in one man getting shot in the head.
Mansfield residents continue to fight efforts by Georgia Transmission Corporation to place new power lines through the small city's limits, including exploring legal redress and a state law change.
After no one ran for Newborn's Post 2 council seat in the November election, the Town Council is working to change the charter so they can appoint someone to the seat.
Le Anne Long has a problem, one that's fairly common nationwide. She's had to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a stolen air conditioning unit in a vacant home that she's in charge of. The problem is widespread, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing with the stabilization of the local housing market. Police are trying, but they're stumped as well, as to how to fix a problem that has become an epidemic.
Nowadays, frugality isn't a life choice for most of us. It's a necessity born out of hard times and too little money. The first thing to go for most families is a recreational budget - money you used to have for movies, sports and hobbies is suddenly needed in more important areas like food and shelter. Although, you might be accustomed to thinking you have to spend money to spend time together and/or to be entertained, you'd be amazed by the bevy of free family activities available right in our own community. Let's start with these ...