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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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Athens teen dies of pellet gun injury

ATHENS - The family of 15-year-old Jose Antonio "Tony" Rivera is donating the organs of the teen, who died after an accidental shooting left a pellet lodged in his brain.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Library will get reduced state funding

Update, Friday, 11:37 a.m.: The Newton County Library System will get state money this year, though that funding will be 16 percent less than last year.

July 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man killed by train in Douglas County

LITHIA SPRINGS - Authorities say a man lying on railroad tracks has been struck by a train and killed near Lithia Springs in Douglas County.

July 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


The history of the Campmeeting

This year's Salem Campmeeting, spanning July 8 to 15, will be the 183rd gathering of the faithful at the grounds off Salem Road for a time of spiritual renewal, revival and camaraderie.

July 08, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Listen to the animals talk

These days we don't use an alarm clock. Instead, we are shocked into consciousness by the frantic scratching by one of the cats at the bedroom door or the muffled whimper of Sonny the Border Collie, ready for us to get up and relieve him from the overnight company of the kitties. (We finally booted them out of the bedroom when their sleep patterns - mostly nonexistent - didn't match ours.)

July 08, 2011 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Newton residents receive $2,300 in disaster assistance

Newton County residents received $2,300 in disaster assistance following the county being declared a major disaster area on April 29.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals EMC annual meeting is July 21

Snapping Shoals EMC's 2011 Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Thursday, July 21, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

July 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport Road being repaired for new school

Flint Hill Elementary is scheduled to open Aug. 4, but Airport Road needs several improvements before it will be able to handle approximately 1,935 vehicles per day, including dozens of buses.

July 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight between brothers involved hammer

Two brothers were arrested after a fight involving a girl ended in blows, and with one brother wielding a hammer.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Armed robber dies

The man who shot himself after allegedly robbing a drug store on Wednesday died this morning.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fight over man ends in arrest

An argument over a man ended with the arrest of a 22-year-old woman for aggressive driving.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with molesting girl

A Covington man remains in jail after being charged with molesting a 6-year-old girl.

July 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ask zoning questions tonight at Turner Lake

Residents have lots of zoning questions, even if they don't always realize it.

July 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy hit by watercraft on Lanier dies

DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County officials say a 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.

July 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Anthony free late July or August

ORLANDO - A judge has sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in prison for lying to investigators but says she can go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.

July 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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