Workforce development is being pushed, tourism is being focused on filming and local history, Main Street Covington is still being evaluated and the traditional Chamber of Commerce is trying to provide value to its members.
The fictional town of Mystic Falls, Va., hosts as many festivals and events as the real city of Covington, which has played the part of Mystic Falls for five years for the popular TV show "The Vampire Diaries."
Paper poppies are returning to Covington Nov. 9, and local residents will have a chance to get a poppy to remember fallen veterans and donate to help area veterans and youths.
Set painter Kristina White said there's no great secret to recreating a 100-plus-year-old house for "The Vampire Diaries."
For those residents who've always wanted to be local celebrities, host their own TV talk show or air episodes of the sitcom they wrote and filmed with friends, the city of Covington recently simplified its pricing structure for airing content on its public access channels.
Jim Dial never saw himself as different from his large circle of family and friends: He liked to have fun, tell a good story and talk to a pretty girl. But the love he inspired in those who knew him and the path he blazed for special-needs children in Newton County tell a unique story.
Without a highly skilled workforce in place, Newton County will struggle to attract the kind of industries that can truly bring up the county's per capita income and improve its quality of life, according to the county's top industrial recruiters.
DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown is mounting a 2014 Democratic primary challenge to incumbent Congressman Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, saying the four-term representative has become complacent and only follows the Democratic Party line instead of introducing his own legislation.
Covington has begun the long-term process of building a fleet of compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.
Newton County has a lot of tourism assets, but not the kind of organization and connectivity that turns all those assets into full experiences that keep tourists in town over multiple days.
The fair is back in town this week, and this time part of the proceeds will support cancer research through Relay for Life.
The fair is coming back to town this week, and this time part of the proceeds will go fund cancer research through Relay for Life.
Covington and local Chamber of Commerce officials spent an hour and a half Monday discussing plans to attract tourists and talented professional residents, and one local group believes the Yellow River can play a major part in reaching both goals.
A fugitive who was being sought in an armed robbery attempt and shootout at a Fayetteville restaurant was found dead in a Covington apartment complex Tuesday by law enforcement officials, who had an arrest warrant for the man.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners has begun setting its strategic goals, and topping the list is reducing the millage rate, a promise commissioners made to the public when the board raised the rate earlier this year.
Oxford Councilman Frank Davis, a longtime city resident and active volunteer, passed away Sunday.
Covington is adding more than two dozen vehicles to its fleet, including 19 police cars, to finish its take-home car program and five gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) bi-fuel trucks to take advantage of the CNG fueling station the city is building.
Fifteen-year-old Kimby Wragg is on a mission to raise awareness about Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a rare nervous system disorder with a still unknown cause.
If you're looking for a new place to visit in Newton County, why not stop by the town of Winton, or visit Webbville, New Berlin or Sandtown?
Newton County has agreed to work with the city of Covington to cut the grass around I-20's exit 93 and down Ga. Highway 142, and could receive some money from the state to finance the project.
With most local races decided before they begin (13 of 15 city council seats in Newton County are uncontested), the focus is on the Covington's lone race between incumbent Councilman Chris Smith and challenger Maurice Carter, husband of former Covington mayor Kim Carter.
No, not the upset citizens - at least not physically - but criminals, electrical lines and heavy equipment all carry varying degrees of risk.
Women diagnosed with breast cancer are in for a difficult battle, but a group of dedicated staff and volunteers at Newton Medical Center ensure that those women aren't alone.
Hope can come in many forms, but for breast cancer survivors it often comes in the hope of a return to normalcy, and that's where Newton Medical Center's Hope Boutique comes in.
Newton County commissioners took a fresh look at their home Thursday, evaluating the county's strengths and weaknesses and looking at the opportunities and threats that could be coming in future years.
Conyers native Adam Potts is trying to bring big-city entertainment to east Atlanta, and he's hoping more than 2,000 people will come out to his Party on the Farm tailgate and country music concert Saturday.
The Newton County Recreation Commission has decided to stick with the three internal, county candidates for the recreation director position and will not seek outside candidates for the time being.
Given their inability to read the city code, some dogs in Oxford have been causing consternation by wandering off into the property of other residents.
While talk of the federal government shutdown raged across the Internet, most Newton County residents seemed unaffected by the machinations Tuesday.
"The Vampire Diaries" cast and crew are returning to the square today, and the fifth season is reaching new heights.