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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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The Mural Man

Andrew Sabori painted murals of rock-n-roll artists Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they were still up-and-comers playing in The Fillmore in San Francisco. His art has hung in The Apollo Theater and The Julliard School. He spent years gracing the walls of Las Vegas casinos with his painted scenery.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two industries coming to county

Newton County's manufacturing base continues to buoy the local job market, as four existing industries and two new industries are expected to hire workers.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yo Gabba Gabba stars are coming to the Mall at Stonecrest

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Mall at Stonecrest, the cast of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" make an exclusive appearance direct from the hit Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Meet Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon. Bring the kids, bring the camera and meet the stars of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" up close and personal like never before.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 represent Georgia horse competition

If 4-H'ers are challenged to start a revolution of responsibility, three Newton 4-H'ers are leading the revolution on studying hard and working as a team.

October 03, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County, school to talk local redistricting

Now that the state and federal districts have been redrawn, local redistricting is beginning in earnest.

October 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after fighting niece

A family fight in front of his 94-year-old mother led to the arrest of 58-year-old Willie Rogers Pitts Thursday night.

October 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tiger in a Tiara

Kate Palo was crowned Homecoming Queen of Alcovy High School Friday night when the Tigers beat Ola High School.

October 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy ends up in shootout

A Newton County deputy was shot at Saturday morning while assisting the U.S. Marshall's in apprehending a man wanted out of Ohio.

October 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 30

Robin L. Jones, violation of probation, revoke two years to prison.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman found dead in Newton County Jail

A woman serving weekends at the Newton County Jail was found dead Saturday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Robber quickly apprehended

An armed robbery suspect was apprehended just 30 minutes after robbing a gas station on Crowell Road Thursday morning.

September 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deadline for registration approaches

This year's municipal elections could have a large affect on the future of Covington and Porterdale as both mayoral positions and six council seats will be contested.

September 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 30

Juan Luis Vega-Vazquez, 28, 1891 Access Road, Covington, Sept. 20. Open container, affixing tint to windows. License required (surrender of), improper lane usage.

September 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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