A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.
A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.
Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.
A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.
A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.
Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.
The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.
Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.
Earlier this month, about 30,000 of our county's population returned to school. Whether starting kindergarten, returning for their seventh grade year, or heading off to college, there is a lot that goes into preparing a student to start school. School supplies, new shoes, uniforms, new technology, new backpacks and lunchboxes, dorm room fixtures… the list goes on and on. On that list sometimes is a visit to your pediatrician for an update to your child's immunizations. It should be on all our lists, whether we have small children, grown children or no children.
Hopefully, King's days of needing saving are in the past.
Nothing tastes better than foods picked fresh from the garden. Even if you don't have a garden yourself, you may have a neighbor or a co-worker who shares their garden goodies. Your local grocery store is also likely to feature home-grown produce this time of year.
When Tom Garrett is officially appointed as the new Newton County manager next week, his duties will be a little unclear.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson visited Newton and Walton counties Monday, taking tours and spending time answering questions from residents.
The Covington Fire Department is joining more than 100 other fire departments throughout the state of Georgia by participating in the 22nd annual "Give Burns The Boot" drive, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. This event will begin on Friday, May 6 and run three consecutive Fridays through May 20.
The chamber of commerce will hold its fourth annual Shred Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the parking lot of Antiques and Stuff, 2177 Elm St., Covington.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state's first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.
The Newton County Special Olympics spring games ended with a bang today, when middle, high school and adult-aged athletes took to the field at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Woodlee's Christian Academy students recently celebrated Others Day by performing community service and volunteer activities.
Drawing district lines along common lifestyles or economic interests and having representation that mainly served one county were some of the wishes expressed by attendees at the League of Women Voters forum on redistricting Tuesday night.
The Newton County Special Olympics continued today at Homer Sharp Stadium with events for elementary school-aged children.
A Lithonia woman died in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night that blocked westbound lanes on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit for several hours, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Damage from the killer tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week was captured in images taken by Covington native Mary Wright, a rising junior at the University of Alabama.
ROSWELL - A hostage standoff at a Roswell apartment building ended when police set off concussion grenades and entered the building.
Changes are coming on July 1 to how the city of Oxford is governed.
A 24-year-old mother was arrested after her toddler was found naked wandering around the parking lot of a motel at 4:30 a.m. Friday.
SAVANNAH - Father's Day this year is going to be bigger than usual for one Savannah man.
ATLANTA - A cluster of tornadoes that killed 15 people in northwest Georgia inflicted at least $75 million in insured property losses, State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday.
Gasoline prices in the metro Atlanta area are averaging $3.86 per gallon after a price hike of 10.3 cents in the past week.
Nationally, the average price increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.92 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Check Covington area gas prices here.