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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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Drunk teen discovered rolling around in street

Covington Police officers were called to Settlers Grove Road around 5:30 a.m. Thursday after neighbors called 911 to report two people fighting in the street.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple arrested for fighting in parking lot

An irate couple was arrested Wednesday morning after fighting with the police who came to break up their fight in a CVS parking lot.

November 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


POLL: Arts funding drops, but programs remain

The Arts Association in Newton County wants the arts to be accessible. Art advocates want children and young adults to be able to dance, sing, play instruments, perform on stage, paint and create.

November 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New civic organization, “2 Cups of Kindness,” to hold first meeting

Newton County resident Dorothy Frazier-Piedrahita will be hosting an informational meeting for her new civic group, "2 Cups of Kindness," at the Porter Memorial Branch Library on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Oxford native recounts D-Day

John Wood Burson landed on Omaha Beach before dawn on June 7, 1944 under barrage balloons to protect from strafing German aircraft as a nearby landing vessel exploded.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Blind man, drunk woman get in fight

A blind man and his reportedly intoxicated wife were both arrested early Sunday morning after one person ended up wet and the other ended up stabbed.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kiwanis gathering toiletries for Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes

Circle K Georgia, Kiwanis International's college arm, held its fall membership retreat Nov. 5 at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Around 45 Circle K members attended the retreat, which provides an opportunity for the Circle K leadership to reach out to new members. The members participate in workshops and other activities. Circle K blends community service and leadership training, and, as with all Kiwanis organizations, aims to serve the children of the world.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Kiwanis Thursday

Wayne Chase, one of Coca-Cola's Santas, visited the Kiwanis Club of Covington Thursday to bring holiday cheer to all.

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November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Nov. 11

Alechia Mitchell, violation of probation, 305-365 days in detention center, credit for time served.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two death penalty cases in February

Two accused murderers will have their death penalty cases heard in Newton County Superior Court February.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NAACP to host gala

The Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Local veterans share stories at GPC

Residents and veterans who lived through the World War II-era, part of a generation rapidly fading away, relived their part in history on home front and battle theaters for a group of students and community members Wednesday.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


$2,500 in weaves stolen

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for those responsible for a burglary off the square. But unlike traditional burglaries, the thief didn't break into the store. They broke out of it.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman hit while taking back items

A fight over a bag full of personal items led to an arrest Saturday afternoon after one woman hit the other in the face in front of deputies.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ramseys donate to Arts Association

Sam and Becky Ramsey and Ramsey Furniture Co. made a $2,500 donation to the Arts Association at the "Splittin' the Raft" performance on Oct. 7. The play, performed by Kennesaw State University, under the direction of Harrison Long, integrated the speeches of Frederick Douglass with Mark Twain's "Huck Finn." In addition to the public performance, the play was presented to high school American literature and drama students in the morning with a workshop for drama students that afternoon. Other sponsors to the event included Michelin Tread Technologies and Springfield Baptist Church.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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