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.)
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.
Mansfield Mayor Estona Middlebrooks resigned from her position Thursday afternoon.
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.
"In the Heat of the Night" has managed to keep its popular following two decades after its last episodes were filmed, and Covington officials are hoping to turn that popularity into more tourists.
The chamber's goal over the next five to 10 years is to turn Newton County into a regional retail hub, not only capable of meeting the needs of Newton County residents, but also drawing residents from surrounding counties.
Covington's tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.
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.
Covington officials are continually working on making the city more walkable, and people will soon be able to travel on paved paths - sidewalks and crosswalks - all the way from the Turner Lake Complex to Eastside High School, approximately a 4-mile trip.
A few more fast-food restaurants are coming to Newton County, including two near the Walmart at Salem and Brown Bridge roads.
The city of Covington is taking over maintenance of the square, but not much is expected to change.
Eyewitnesses and insider information make a criminal investigator's jobs a lot easier, but officials know that sources are sometimes hesitant to come forward due to fears for their safety.
Some families have lived in the Covington Housing Authority's public housing for more than 30 years, raising generation after generation in the federally subsidized apartments.
The nearly century-old magnolia trees that tower over Covington's square, and help make it the icon it is, are healthy, but experts warn the trees could be in danger if their maintenance isn't improved.
Three of Newton County's busier intersections are going to be upgraded over the next few years as county officials continue to tackle traffic flow.
Sharlene Cannon has been walking through downtown Covington for the past three weeks, interviewing merchants, residents, chamber and government officials. She believes downtown has some big opportunities to exploit.
Walmart on Salem Road is moving to a 24/7 schedule Nov. 23 after a successful 18 months in business.