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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


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


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Struggling to fill skilled positions

A local company is looking to hire 100 people in the coming weeks, welcome news in an uncertain economy. But the staffing company that is handling the hiring process may have trouble filling those 100 positions.

December 28, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau

The Newton County Farm Bureau, an extension of the Georgia Farm Bureau, serves the community by promoting local agriculture to its residents through related activities and events.

December 28, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Make the most of leftovers

Make Christmas meals and treats go even further with some frugal and fabulous recipes designed to make the most out your holiday leftovers!

December 24, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


CovNews interviews Santa Claus

Santa will be making his annual trip around the world this Saturday night. Most of us dream about such a journey, but Santa is working under time constraints with a fully loaded sleigh and just nine reindeer (now that Rudolph has joined his ranks). He sat down with the Covington News recently to answer questions about himself and his tricks of the trade.

December 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Three arrested for 4.6 pounds of pot

A call from a concerned woman who thought there was a chemical fire in her apartment complex led to the arrest of three people for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute Dec 21.

December 23, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


$474k for judicial center add-on design

The Newton County Board of Commissioners also approved spending up to $474,920 in 2011 SPLOST money for the architectural and engineering design of expansion of the Newton County Judicial Center.

December 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire destroys home on Cooper Road

The home at 1121 Cooper Road in Social Circle was destroyed in a fire Wednesday evening.

December 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


See The News' holiday schedule

Due to the upcoming holidays, The Covington News will be adjusting our schedule for the rest of the year.

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Witness helps nab armed robber

Help from a witness and persistent investigation led to the arrest of a Covington man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint at the Conyers Wal-Mart Monday.

December 21, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two arrested for shoplifting meat, wine from Kroger

Two women were charged and two others reprimanded after being caught stealing at Kroger Saturday evening.

December 21, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Dec. 21

Toyous Raneard Avery, 37, 265 Forest Rook Drive, Covington, Dec. 13. Court sentenced to 48 hours.

December 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Stalvey’s Fine Foods

You can always tell the theme of a restaurant within seconds of walking through that front door.

December 21, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Holiday helpers

December 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scholarship winners speak on schooling

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." That quote, by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired the spirit of a Newton County scholarship given in King's name and about to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

December 21, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Gas prices fall at the pumps

Gasoline prices have fallen below $3 a gallon for the first time since early this year, and the steady decline is expected to continue through the end of the year.

December 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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