Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.
Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.
The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is on its second search this year to try and find the next director for Main Street Covington – after its first two finalists backed out for personal reasons in late February/early March – and chamber president Hunter Hall is confident one of the remaining two finalists will work out.
The proposed Covington gazebo is a no go.
A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.
With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.
A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.
Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.
The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.
Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.
The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.
Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.
Covington's National Guard armory is getting a nearly $1 million upgrade, including replacing the collapsing soil under the parking lot which has caused sinkholes to form and has caused one corner of the armory to sink.
Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.
Former longtime Mansfield city clerk Pat Mullins accepted a $14,000 settlement from the city stemming from her claim of wrongful termination after she was fired in 2012.
County Manager John Middleton announced Tuesday he will retire in late 2014 after a 14-year career with Newton County.
The square was still in a festive spirit this week, but only because the bitter cold prevented crews from taking down Christmas lights around the square.
Calls for broken water pipes slowed Thursday, though dozens of residents were still discovering leaks as the water in their pipes fully thawed after this week's hard freeze.
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.