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.
The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.
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.
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.
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 ...
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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.
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.
Newton County School System middle school students brought home several awards from the recent Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF).
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.
The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.
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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.
Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.
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.
Guest performers: Two young Newton County musicians will perform with the Athens Youth Symphony and Philharmonia at its spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall of the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.
General Mills and its foundation donated $600,000 in cash and food products to the American Red Cross for relief efforts following storms and tornadoes that swept through Georgia and the Southeast.
Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon when a mother reported her house broken into and her flat screen television stolen.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed legislation that removes baiting restrictions on south Georgia deer and hog hunters.
A girl out playing in her yard discovered a handgun Tuesday morning.
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will offer voluntary early retirements and buyouts to its employees because it must shrink to cope with high jet fuel prices.
A Conyers man arrested Thursday in the armed robbery of the SunTrust bank on Ga. Highway 138 had been convicted of a bank robbery in Covington in 2005.
MCDONOUGH - A DeKalb County man says not being allowed to wear a cap in a Henry County courtroom violates his Constitutional rights.
ATLANTA - Georgia officials are seeking volunteers willing to help clean up after a series of tornadoes struck the state, killing 15 people and damaging thousands of homes.
The Fairview Estates neighborhood is home to the county's latest public park, which had its grand opening Wednesday afternoon.
Spring concert: The concert by Mariachi Ranchero opened the annual Concerts on the Square series, which will be offered at noon on Thursdays through May. The series is sponsored by the Arts Association in Newton County.
An internal investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office into an inappropriate relationship between a jailer and convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper has resulted in the termination of the jailer's supervisor.
One man is being charged with rape and another is wanted for pimping after an incident Sunday.
Monte R. Roden, DUI, 12 months probation, 90 days confinement, $1,000. DUI, merged with count 1. Failure to maintain lane, 12 months probation consecutive, $1,000. 40 hours community service, banished from Newton County.
Golf carts will be allowed on local streets across Georgia beginning in January.