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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


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

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.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Growing Strong

"We've always tried to make it a family tradition and something different from buying a Christmas tree on the sidewalk somewhere or from a big box store." That's business according to Chuck Berry, whose family has nurtured its Christmas tree sales business on Mount Tabor Road over the last 30 years into a family event.

October 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Musical Young family full of talent

The Youngs are like a lot of families here in Newton County. They like to play video games and go to movies. Of course, spending time with one another is a priority. But unlike most families, mom Chandra Currelley-Young is a professional singer and actress who might be out on tour in Tyler Perry's latest play and dad, Larry Young, is a professional in radio who can be heard on air. When their son, Agape, a senior at Alcovy High School, isn't blowing away the crowd with a trumpet solo during half time shows, he's behind the ...

October 28, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


‘Take back’ drive collects old medicine

On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the third national Drug Enforcement Administration's prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. The Sheriff's Office will be holding the event inside the Wal-mart Supercenter located at 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E. in Covington. Sheriff's Office personnel with have a drop-off station set up and clearly marked for citizens to locate and discard unwanted prescription drugs. The "Take-Back" campaign seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Sheriff's Office is partnering with the DEA to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused ...

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


DEA Atlanta hold its third nationwide prescription drug take-back day

The Drug Enforcement Administration Atlanta Divisional Office is partnering with national, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials, as well as community coalition groups to hold a third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This one-day event will make it convenient for the public to rid their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drunk man "stalks" store employees

A Newton County man was arrested Monday evening and charged with public drunk after reportedly "stalking" Dollar General employees and acting up in a wing shop.

October 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mall at Stonecrest welcomes 2011 Fall Fair

Let the fun begin! The Mall at Stonecrest presents the Fall Fair at Stonecrest through Nov. 6. Celebrate the Mall at Stonecrest's 10th Anniversary with rides, games, food and family fun. The Fall Fair will feature more than 30 thrill rides that include the YoYo, Matterhorn (Himalaya), Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Bumper cars, Sizzler, Family Swing, Raiders, Tilt, Gravitron, Inverter, Power Surge, Mini-Indy, Ferris Wheel, Kiddie Land, Slide, Train and Merry Go Round.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Lathrio Jackson, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Obstruction, 12 months probation consecutive, $300. Stay away order.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Syfy show looks for paranormal places

The Syfy Channel's "Haunted Collector" is looking for haunted residences and business to feature on the show's second season, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

October 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Minors caught with bolt cutters, machete

A Newton County woman called deputies for help when she noticed a group of elementary-aged children attempting to steal items from her home.

October 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Smallwood running for Mansfield council seat

Mansfield began the election cycle with four contested races, but by the time the election roles around the council post 1 seat is expected to be the only seat with two candidates.

October 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Official trick-or-treating on Monday

Halloween falls on Monday this year and, to answer the annual question, trick-or-treating for Covington and Newton County will take place on Monday.

October 26, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Former wrestling champ killed in crash

Former Eastside state champion wrestler Trevor Bailey was killed Saturday in a single vehicle crash when his vehicle struck a tree off Elks Club Road. He was 21.

October 25, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Electric, CNG car options lag for public

Would you prefer to pay current pump prices or $2 for a gallon of gas? The $2 price of course. But what if you had to pay $8,000 to $15,000 up front to get that discount.

October 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police help chase down N.C. suspect

A woman wanted for assaulting a police officer in North Carolina was apprehended after being spotted in Newton County.

October 22, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to discuss county manager idea

The county will have a work session at 7 p.m., Nov. 7 at the Historic Courthouse to discuss the possibility of implementing a county manager form of government.

October 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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