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 ...
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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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.
Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.
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.
Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School
Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.
Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.
As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.
Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.
An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.
Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.
A decision by a woman to not help authorities in their investigation against her alleged abuser had deputies contacting the Department of Children Services Wednesday evening on the child's behalf.
Deputies from the NCSO are searching for a group of black males who allegedly fired shots and busted into a home on Oak Terrace Drive late Wednesday night.
Two days after Newton County moved to a county manager form of government, officials have yet to detail how the new structure will work.
Newtonians of all ages came together last night for the annual lighting of the courthouse.
Though reports of his death are indeed correct, Mark Twain will appear in Newborn at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Newborn Schoolhouse, 4326 Ga. Highway 142.
The Newton County School System cancelled after school programs at Indian Creek, Liberty Middle and Newton High due to inclimant weather. Students are to ride their assigned buses home.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 890 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS