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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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Local musicians to play with Athens symphony

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.

May 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Mills donates to storm victims

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.

May 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother reports son to police after son robs her home

Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon when a mother reported her house broken into and her flat screen television stolen.

May 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bait and hunt rules eased

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed legislation that removes baiting restrictions on south Georgia deer and hog hunters.

May 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Girl finds gun while playing in her yard

A girl out playing in her yard discovered a handgun Tuesday morning.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Delta plans buyouts, early retirement offers

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.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Bank robbery suspect tied to 2005 Covington bank robbery

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.

May 06, 2011 | | LOCAL


Lawyer: Cap keeps client from court

MCDONOUGH - A DeKalb County man says not being allowed to wear a cap in a Henry County courtroom violates his Constitutional rights.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State seeking tornado cleanup volunteers

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.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fairview park opens

The Fairview Estates neighborhood is home to the county's latest public park, which had its grand opening Wednesday afternoon.

May 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cinco de Mayo

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.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jailer fired after Lakemper testimony

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.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with rape, second sought for pimping

One man is being charged with rape and another is wanted for pimping after an incident Sunday.

May 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 6

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.

May 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deal signs golf cart bill

Golf carts will be allowed on local streets across Georgia beginning in January.

May 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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