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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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Carpenter up for Peach superintendent

School system Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter is a finalist for the Peach County superintendent position.

July 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle fireworks now July 9

The fireworks show must go on, and Social Circle has rescheduled its Fourth of July display for Saturday, July 9.

July 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Guns stolen from federal agent's home

ELLENWOOD - A Department of Homeland Security inspector says someone broke into his DeKalb County home and stole several guns.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Storms likely this afternoon

A repeat round of showers and thunderstorms is likely this afternoon in Newton County and across much of metro Atlanta.

July 05, 2011 | | LOCAL


Cyclist dies in Sandy Springs

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Authorities say a cyclist is dead after he was struck by a car in suburban Atlanta.

July 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Conyers Fabulous Fourth still on schedule

Storms that blew through the area earlier today won't keep July Fourth festivities from going forward. The Fabulous Fourth festival at the Georgia International Horse Park and fireworks are still on schedule, according to Conyers Police Capt. Scott Freeman.

July 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fun on the Fourth in Oxford

Fourth festivities kicked off Monday with a parade in Oxford.

July 04, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two plead guilty in food stamp fraud

ATLANTA - Two former Georgia employees have pleaded guilty to stealing about $600,000 in food stamps.

July 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Police: A fun but safe Fourth

Marquel Peters was 4 years old when a celebratory bullet came through the roof of a church and killed him. If Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has anything to say about it, such a tragedy isn't going to happen in Newton County.

July 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: Georgia Wine Tour

The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.

July 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


How Fireworks Work

When Covington celebrates our nation's independence with a fireworks display tonight, there will be an unseen choreographer dashing about coordinating the display. Here's what goes on behind the show. Click here for a guide to Covington's display and to other Fourth festivities in the area.

July 03, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Eyesore of the week - July 3

Watch your step: This eyesore is located on Conyers Street. A reader commented on the rusty barbed wire near the street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to news@covnews.com or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.

July 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local chorus in France for Fourth

The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

July 02, 2011 | By Jessica Smith news@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


Financial aid back on for youth sports

Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GSP ticketing for seat belt violations

The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.

July 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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