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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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County gets free used van, buses

The Newton County Board of Education and Snapping Shoals EMC helped out the county recently by donating used vehicles.

September 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting two boys

A Covington man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with molesting two boys.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman slaps other’s false teeth out

An argument between two women turned physical Monday night when one woman smacked the other's false teeth out.

Annette Aikens was staying at a home on Emory Street with an acquaintance when that man's daughter, Sherry Hill-Devoe, came to the home to get a check. During that time the women got into an argument which is when Hill-Devoe slapped Aiken's false teeth out of her mouth.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mother swipes beers with child in tow

A woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole several cases of beer from a local grocery store while her toddler was with her.

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fuzz run takes off Saturday

The Covington Police Department is on the lookout once again, but instead of searching for rule breakers, they are looking for record breakers for the 28th annual Fuzz Run.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The real world of pageants

Madaleine Nicolette Moye-Lowery is pageant royalty, but you won't see any screaming fits or sassy mouth on her. Nor will you ever see her wearing fake hair and spray tans, because despite what television might show, the real world of children's pageants is far from "Toddlers and Tiaras."

September 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Three vie for open Porterdale seat

Three candidates qualified for Porterdale council Post 3 Friday, turning the race into the most contested in the county.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Spell of rain helps amidst dry summer

Covington residents largely got what they wanted this weekend, a little bit of rain without any damage from Tropical Storm Lee.

September 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 7

Anthony L. Freeman, violation of probation, 90 days Newton County Jail.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See Superior Court calendars online

The Alcovy Circuit opened its new website on Sept. 1.

September 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Police form Heavy Metal Task Force

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department have joined forces to fight against the increase in copper and air conditioning thefts.

September 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed on West Street

A Covington man was killed early Sunday morning and four men are being held in connection with his death.

September 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton under tornado watch until 8 p.m.

IN BRIEF: Newton and Rockdale counties are among the Georgia counties under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday as the remnants of Tropical Depression Lee passes over the state, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

September 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Police search for armed robber

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Turner Lake BP gas station at gunpoint late last night.

September 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


See full list of 2011 city candidates

Below are the final candidates for all cities in Newton County and the city of Social Circle:

September 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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