The slate of county, state and federal candidates seeking office in Georgia in 2014 is set after qualifying ended noon Friday, and Newton County voters may experience a few cases of déjà vu, in addition to seeing some new candidates entering the scene.
The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is giving a trial run to a trolley that would be used by businesses and during special events to promote tourism.
State representative hopefuls Dave Belton and Aaron Brooks squared off in the season's first forum, debating how the state should handle education and taxes moving forward and lobbying for front-runner status in a three-way Republican primary race.
The slate of local, state and federal candidates seeking office in Georgia is set after qualifying ended at noon today. Check out the full list of races involving Newton County below. (A bolded "P" by the seat means there will be a contested primary election on May 20.)
Mansfield Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned from her position Thursday afternoon, citing a lack of time to devote to the position, though she had also faced questioning and criticism for months from council members and residents about spending of city funds.
With the May 20 Primary seemingly around the corner, and early voting beginning April 28, state and local candidates are working to sway voters.
One of Newton County's most important state legislative seats is up for grabs this year, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance are hosting a forum tonight for the public.
Celeste Sigman Dupree devoted the latter part of her life to saving some of Social Circle's oldest, most historic homes. Now, it's her home, a Greek Revival house built in 1858, that needs saving again.
Newton County resident George Siders saw the horrors of the Vietnam War first hand for 13 months – he killed enemy soldiers and he saw his Marine friends die. He saw those horrors replayed in his dreams for years.
The Covington City Council took some steps Monday to tackle some major water projects around town, including replacing 100-year-old water pipes and fixing some flooding issues in city neighborhoods.
Abe and Mary Elizabeth Hopkins can barely move most of the time, their minds and bodies trapped by different disorders that frequently leave them listless and unable to react to the world around them.
Political season is in full swing, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance will be hosting a forum Friday for state representative candidates for District 112.
Georgia's 2014 political season is moving at a furious pace, and qualifying for local, state and federal seats is next week, more than two months earlier than past election cycles.
Medical marijuana can be an emotional subject, from the parents seeking help for their children to the state representative on a mission to introduce clinical testing in Georgia.
Update: The town hall scheduled for Saturday at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled due to a death in the family of state Rep. Pam Dickerson.
Covington officials are considering revising the city's employee travel policy, to give more flexibility for overnight stays for training classes and conferences, but council members disagreed on whether the change was needed now or should be studied further.
Georgia's largest solar farm can sneak up on even a suspecting first-time passerby, as long country roads lined with rural homes and large pastures suddenly give way to a raised field full of row after row of gleaming (on a sunny day, of course) solar panels.
Three partially developed subdivisions, including Dorchester Place in the heart of Covington, were purchased in 2013 by The Drapac Group, an Australian land investment and development company looking for good buys in the Atlanta market.
Next week is expected to bring some of the coldest weather Atlanta's seen in a decade, and local officials are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, their pets and their homes.
The 2014 election season will get off to a quicker-than-usual start in Georgia with the state's Primary Election set for May 20, nearly two full months earlier than the traditional mid-July date.
After Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced he wasn't seeking reelection, three contenders immediately stepped up, and with every state seat up for election in 2014, more announcements are coming.
Strengthening the core of the body has been a popular philosophy in physical fitness for years, and the Covington Family Y is joining the trend in 2014.
Newton County Library members will have free access to 34 digital versions of popular magazines in 2014 thanks to a new partnership between the library system, RB Digital and Zinio.
At the start of every year, it seems everyone wants to slim down and hit the gym. The Covington Family Y is looking to help that endeavor by waiving its new membership fees and membership reactivation fees in January.
Newton County's unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in November as a net total of 461 residents gained employment.
Lynn Morgan Ervin was appointed director of Newton County's development services department in October, after serving as interim director since April.
Homebuilding is picking up and entrepreneurs and corporations are increasingly considering Newton County in their search.
Porterdale's new city hall will soon have a much homier feel.
When Newton County officials pursued the Almon Overlay, they envisioned a more modern, aesthetically-pleasing commercial corridor.