Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown is seeking nearly $4 million in additional money for next fiscal year's budget, but with property tax revenue again expected to decline, it's unclear how much - if any - money will be available.
Newborn and Porterdale officials are hoping to streamline elections in their towns to help residents vote more easily whenever there are city and county elections in the same year.
One of the most significant discussions so far this budget year has been whether to institute a new fee for residents to use the county's recycling centers.
Newton County commissioners have a lot of work left to do for next fiscal year's budget, including decisions on whether to raise the property tax rate, fund any of the $5.4 million in additional department requests or institute a fee to use recycling centers.
Eastside High School girls' tennis team captain and No. 1 singles player Amanda Blackwell signed with Piedmont College this week, a NCAA Division III school in Demorest.
The fourth annual Fire House 5K will kick off Saturday, and there's still time to register, as Covington fire officials hope the turnout will continue to grow to more than 400 runners this year.
Firehouse Subs is coming to Covington, adding another national, fast casual chain to the city's growing restaurant mix.
The city of Covington has saved around $60,000 per year since it began creating its own fiber optic cable network to connect its buildings across the city, and officials hope to be able to offer those kinds of savings to other local government entities and possibly create another revenue stream in the future.
Newton County's two drinking-water reservoirs, Lake Varner and City Pond, are getting a helping hand from the sun in the battle to keep them as healthy and clean as possible.
An infant and a Covington teenager were killed Thursday night in a wreck on I-20 that police believe was caused by an illegal car race going awry.
Luther Hays Presbyterian Church had its history stolen recently, and the church's members are pleading for its safe return.
Creating the real Mystic Grill restaurant - named after the popular restaurant from the TV series "The Vampire Diaries" - won't be cheap at a cost of $2.27 million, but the owners are hoping to get a low-interest loan from the state to cover at least a fraction of the cost.
A Wednesday night fire that damaged part of an Oxford duplex and destroyed most of its contents left a family of five homeless, but the Red Cross and the family's home church is rallying to offer support.
Covington's population and the number of people needing help from the police are growing, even if the police force isn't because of a string of tight budgets in recent years.
Newton High School senior Micah Sneed signed a two-year, full-ride scholarship Tuesday to play basketball at West Georgia Technical Junior College in Carrollton.
Plans are moving forward on a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in Conyers, and, although the project isn't aimed at Baxter International employees, project officials believe the modern development could benefit from the medical company's arrival.
As county officials continue to await the government permits needed to begin work on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, they're taking steps to prepare the site in southeast Newton County for construction.
Social Circle is kicking off its Christmas season with the annual Lighting of the Tree ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at city hall, 166 N. Cherokee Road.
Salem Road is already one of the county's main commercial corridors, but county officials realize it likely won't reach its potential as a true destination to both shop and live in without some changes.
Local officials are working hard to attract Baxter executives and employees to live in Newton County, but there's a dilemma. The county doesn't appear to have enough moderate-to-large, high-quality homes available on the market and officials aren't sure if more can become available.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved accepting a $21 million, low-interest state loan for the construction of the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir and spending $2 million to have an engineering firm to design the reservoir's dam.
Local industry Hillphoenix, which had been looking to consolidate some of its U.S. locations in either Covington or Conyers, has chosen Conyers, but will not be closing its Covington plant.
County attorney Tommy Craig attempted to sell the Newton County Board of Commissioners on the financial sense in accepting a $21 million state loan and starting on the process of constructing the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.
County Attorney Tommy Craig attempted to sell the Newton County Board of Commissioners on the financial sense in accepting a $21 million state loan and starting on the process of constructing the long-proposed Bear Creek Reservoir.
The Community Food Pantry and Newton County Ministers Union are looking for food donations and volunteers for the 24th annual community Thanksgiving dinner, which is offered to the less fortunate and senior citizens looking for a free, hot meal Thursday.
The long-planned Bear Creek Reservoir is once again taking center stage these days as the project moves closer to reality.
Covington City Manager Steve Horton has been on a farewell tour of sorts as he approaches retirement after serving his hometown for more than three decades, including being at the helm for the past seven years.
The election is over, but one local seat remains unfilled after no one qualified to run for the office. No Newton County resident qualified for a vacant elected seat to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, which seeks to protect both the quality of Georgia's soils and water resources.
Newton County residents are invited to view the county's oldest building as the historic Brick Store will be open from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday so locals can see the repair work that's been done.
Two people were killed in separate incidents Thursday morning, but neither is expected to be the result of foul play.