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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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Two arrested for Taco Bell brawl

A racial tirade directed at Taco Bell employees ended with one woman arrested for DUI and another for battery Thursday evening.

August 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


OSHA cites Georgia company after trench collapse

ATLANTA - Federal officials say they found that a Georgia firm violated safety regulations after a Covington man died when a trench collapsed at a subdivision in Cumming.

August 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Boo Hoo Breakfast

Kindergartners and their parents were invited to attend a "Boo Hoo Breakfast" at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett yesterday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners approve grant applications

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a number of grant applications on Aug. 2 to help organizations continue its services for the citizens of Newton County.

August 05, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


‘I didn’t hit you, you hit the bat’

A warrant has been issued for a Covington man who reportedly pushed his roommate into a baseball bat over money for utilities.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One burgler captured, one on the run

A would-be burglar was arrested outside Johnson's Supermarket after a neighbor called police when they heard a loud banging noise early Tuesday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SPLOST projects discussed at meeting

The county commissioners met Monday night to discuss the 2005 and 2011 SPLOST projects.

August 04, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


A man turns himself in after accidentally shooting wife in the hand

Gary Lee Hunt, 47, and his wife had been drinking Friday evening when Hunt decided to show his wife his gun. According to Newton County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Lt. Tyrone Oliver, he was trying to show his wife how to shoot his gun.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eyesore of the Week - Aug. 3

Reader Greg Dennington submitted this photo of a pole in Porterdale on Broad Street.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged in drunken fight

Warrants have been obtained for the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Nelson Callahan on charges of battery after a drunken fight at the Ozone Saturday night.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Speeding woman caught with marijuana and gun

A woman stopped for driving too fast ended up charged with firearm and drug possession as well Sunday afternoon.

August 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia booster seat law changes

Changes to the state's booster seat law affect all children under the age of 8 and can result in significant penalties for adults if not followed.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Aug. 3

Andrew G. Snow, possession of dangerous drugs, 12 months probation, $1,000. Discharging a gun, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. Criminal trespass consecutive. Loitering and prowling, 12 months probation concurrent. Stay away order.

August 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council invited to consecration ceremony

To show their appreciation to Covington city council, the African American Historical Association has invited the city to attend a consecration ceremony for the 300 unmarked graves recently discovered in City Cemetery.

August 03, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Let's Come Together to Make Madison Roar!

Let's Come Togetherto Make Madison Roar!

August 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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