County Commissioner John Douglas wants the county to buy a larger fire truck that can hold more water to help battle fires in areas without public water and fire hydrants, like the fire that destroyed Covington Police Officer Chris Smith's home off Mt. Mariah Road in eastern Newton County last week.
County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to revamp the county's volunteer firefighter system to increase training and add more professional firefighters and fully-staffed fire stations as part of a multi-year strategic plan.
Locals who want to learn more about the new Affordable Care Act can attend a town hall from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington.
The Covington Police Department swore in its youngest member Monday night, one so young his oath of office included the unusual vow to "mind his mother and be the best student possible."
Home building is slowly picking up in Newton County, but the pace could ratchet up quickly as development is restarting in multiple vacant subdivisions around the county.
Chamber and government officials have a list of retail businesses they think they can attract now and a wish list of businesses they want to see come to Newton County in the future, and they've hired a former executive from a global industry to be their retail pitchman.
The Nelson Heights Community Center is being used regularly for afterschool programming, and now the center is going to have an outdoor pavilion.
Dave Bernd, recently named Director of Commercial Development for the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce, has a wide variety of business experience, including co-owning a Christmas and outfitter shop with his wife and participating in community development - including commercial development - in the U.S. and overseas.
A group of Newton County residents realized the area around them would eventually change and their peaceful, country living would likely be interrupted.
Access to the Yellow River continues to expand, and another kayak and canoe put-in spot could be added near the newly rebuilt Mt. Tabor Road bridge.
The newest Stephen King-inspired horror film, "The Cell," could be filming in Porterdale in early 2014.
Lake Varner is one of the county's most scenic gems, and the county is continuing to invest in making the reservoir and fishing lake a recreational destination.
Newton County is doing more road paving than last year, but is spending less money thanks to a restructured and streamlined transportation operation.
All of Newton County's nearly 600 employees can have free turkeys in their ovens this Thanksgiving, thanks to a holiday bonus program.
Newton County commissioners have decided expanding an overcrowded judicial center, at a cost of $7 million, should take precedence over most of the other projects approved under the 2011 SPLOST.
District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson adamantly denies the charge of battery that resulted in his arrest on Oct. 10, but a preliminary hearing to discuss the case has been delayed.
Because of recent success, the city of Covington is receiving an additional $75,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The county's finances appear to be holding steady, according to the second quarter financial report discussed at Tuesday's Board of Commissioner's meeting.
Frank Penley spent all day trying to put his week's worth of experiences in Haiti down on paper. He wrote and rewrote. Finally he threw it all away.
Councilman Mike Whatley spoke out Wednesday night against recent criticism directed toward the city council for their decision to have their annual retreat at Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa. Whatley said he thought media and public portrayal of the decision was unfair. His full speech is below:
The Covington City Council informally decided Wednesday that they are going to stay out of the Social Circle drag strip debate, because the proposed project would be outside the Covington city limits.
Because of recent success, the City of Covington is receiving an additional $75,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Résumés are now being accepted for the next chamber president, and the search committee is reaching out to the group of 15 to 20 names they've collected over the past few months. Since September, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has been without a president. A search committee headed by Chairman Jerry Mays has had numerous conversations about the skills and experience the next president should have and is poised to begin interviewing candidates soon, ...
The TV show "Vampire Diaries" is continuing to film in Covington and is looking for paid extras to work for the show. Anyone interested in applying to be an extra should send an e-mail to Extras Casting Director Marty Cherrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Covington Municipal Airport is finally opening after four months – at least for daytime operations. The airport closed Sept. 21 for runway, taxiway and apron construction, which was expected to take two months. Heavy rainfall and unusually cold temperatures delayed completion by two months.
Porterdale has a new community garden thanks to more than 100 volunteers who attended Hands On Newton's third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service celebration Monday.
The Covington City Council has moved its regularly scheduled meeting from tonight to Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at city hall. As usual, a work session will precede the meeting at 5:30 p.m. also at city hall.
The church was newly built, and the group of American missionaries and Haitians were standing in it and thanking God through prayer. Suddenly, a deafening roar filled the church, as if Niagara Falls had been transplanted to the Haitian mountains.
District Attorney Ken Wynne will most likely not be sworn in as the fifth Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit until at least July 1. Alcovy Chief Justice John Ott recently received a call from the governor's office telling him to prepare to remain at the status quo - no permanent fifth judge.
When friends of Lee and Jerry Aldridge speak about the couple, listeners can hear the passion in their voices. And when long-time friend Nonie Needham introduced the couple as co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award to an assembled crowd of friends, the response was a standing ovation.