County Commissioner John Douglas wants the county to buy a larger fire truck that can hold more water to help battle fires in areas without public water and fire hydrants, like the fire that destroyed Covington Police Officer Chris Smith's home off Mt. Mariah Road in eastern Newton County last week.
County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to revamp the county's volunteer firefighter system to increase training and add more professional firefighters and fully-staffed fire stations as part of a multi-year strategic plan.
If you're looking for some family entertainment dressed in holiday style this weekend, you can find it in your own back yard.
A funeral will be held Saturday for a Covington woman who died in an apparent murder-suicide.
Each year we wait for the joy of the holiday season and the arrival of Santa Claus.
A Covington woman and a Conyers man got special early visits from Santa this week.
A Covington man, an employee at Pratt Industries, died Wednesday evening after getting caught in a conveyer belt at the company's bio-energy plant.
A Christian comedian whom friends said had a passion for life died after being struck by a car along Interstate 285 Tuesday.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Kroger, located at 5341 Ga. Highway 20 S near Brown Bridge Road.
A memorial service for Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan, who passed away yesterday will be announced at a later time, according to his family. Sheridan's family appreciates all that friends and family of the late mayor have done, as well as the outpouring of prayers and sympathy from the public.
A Christian comedian whose friends praised his passion for life died Tuesday after he was struck by a car along Interstate 285.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.07 at Marathon, located at 1032 Dixie Road and Ga. Highway 142.
The Breastfeeding Coalition of Covington met recently to discuss ways the community might better support breastfeeding mothers at Covington and Newton County businesses.
Towering high above even the Christmas tree atop the main entrance at Newton Medical Center, a construction crane on Monday morning delivered a very precious piece of cargo to the medical center, its brand-new Philips Ingenia 1.5 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The $1 million MRI apparatus will offer a broader range of diagnostic imaging and will be faster and less constricting for patients, said Jim Weadick, administrator and CEO of Newton Medical Center. ...
Locals who want to learn more about the new Affordable Care Act can attend a town hall from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the resurfacing project on I-20, between Columbia Drive and Turner Hill Road in DeKalb County, will begin Friday at 9 p.m. with a double left lane closure westbound from Turner Hill Road to the Farrington Road overpass. "Two lanes will always be open to traffic during the construction but we are expecting very heavy traffic in the area," said DOT District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee. "We encourage ...
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $46.3 million budget, which will use the 10.9 rollback millage rate, and cut about 50 employees. The board won't officially adopt the 10.9 rollback rate until the July 6 BOC meeting because the budget now has to be re-advertised in The News for a minimum of 14 days. Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming voted against the budget, and both expressed preference for the ...
Around 7:30 a.m. this morning the Covington Fire Department responded to a car fire. On arrival, they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with no issues. The owner stated that she had a leak in a power steering hose which made the car smoke on occasion. She was in the process of saving to fix the problem. The owner stated that she walked in her office and then returned to find the car on fire.
A man arrested Saturday afternoon vehemently denied being the person authorities were looking for, even though he had a tattoo of his name in plain view on his calf.
It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.
Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.
There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate. However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was ...
A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.
A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.
Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.
Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.  Participants ...
Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.
Flag Day was originally conceived by schoolteacher BJ Cigrand to honor the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. According to usflag.org, He first referred to the observance as "Flag birthday." Some years later, George Balch, another teacher, would influence the State Board of Education of New York to officially observe Flag Day. After years of local and state celebrations, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day through an official proclamation in 1916. President ...
Anybody driving down Floyd Street in the last two decades may have seen the giant cactus-like plant outside the home of Ann May. The plant, commonly known as a century plant, is now beginning to bloom after all these years of wowing passersby. May, a longtime resident of Covington, could not be more proud of her plant, which she named Mother.
Tuesday was the deadline for Gov. Perdue to sign or veto the remaining bills from the 2010 Georgia legislative session and many bills could affect local residents and governments. Below is a description of some of the recently signed bills. To read any bill, visit www.legis.state.ga.us/ and type in the appropriate bill number in the upper right hand corner. <span style="font-family: verdana,geneva; font-size: ...