This week, the Georgia General Assembly reconvened after a week-long recess to analyze the Governor's budget recommendations. Having only completed eight days of the 2015 session, business is quickly starting to pick-up as lawmakers continue to file legislation and begin the committee process.
The Covington Police Department is offering citizens a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn the inner-workings of the Police Department through the Citizens Police Academy.
Last night 11 Alive News aired a report on the fees paid to the Newton County Attorney, Tommy Craig. Many questions were raised by the reporter as well as citizens who were interviewed. Many have questioned why the Board agreed to reappoint Mr. Craig as County Attorney. Prior to the vote, I made the following statement which was made part of the official minutes of the meeting.
Newton County is home to two big bicycle races a year, a bicycle club and one bicycle shop.
It's a relatively calm morning at the Newton County 911 center. Nate Stykes is giving instructions to a mother whose child is having a seizure. A few feet away, Love Frazier assures an elderly individual with chest pains that an ambulance is on the way.
It's almost here.
The 11Alive report from "The Investigators" on Newton County Attorney Tommy Craig, and the pay he received in 2014, brought a lot of attention to the Board of Commissioners this week, a lot of which was negative from the talk around the county and social media responses.
Some local residents expressed anger at County Attorney Tommy Craig and the Board of Commissioners Friday following a Channel 11 news report on Craig's longstanding tax problems and his $1.1 million income from the county last year. Watch it here.
In search of some Halloween fun? Here's a roundup of events:
Ten scholarships valued at $14,250 are available from the Georgia Farm Bureau to Newton County high school students who plan to major in agriculture, family and consumer science or a related agricultural field.
Want to recycle and also help educate Newton County students for free? Then bring your office paper and junk mail to the recycling bin in the back parking lot of The Covington News and all proceeds will go toward the Newspapers in Education program for Newton County students.
Eastside High School's prom committee is trying to keep the cost of its prom down by staging a fall festival on Saturday, with all proceeds going to the March 19 dance.
Cracker Barrel is expected to announce plans in 2011 for a Covington restaurant, and it could be followed by a few other national chains, providing positive signs for a county seeking commercial growth in a depressed economy, as well as more consumer options.
For parents whose children will be going door-to-door in search of treats on Saturday, they will have one less danger to worry about. Sex offenders who are currently on parole or probation in Newton County are required to report to the sheriff's office during peak door-knocking hours.
Long-time Library Director Greg Heid will be leaving the Newton County system in early 2011, after accepting the director position of the Des Moines, Iowa, library system.
The Board of Commissions once again discussed the 2011 SPLOST Thursday night and came to the conclusion they need more information and more meetings.
A 32-year-old Newton County stepfather was arrested after his 13-year-old stepdaughter reported that he had been touching her inappropriately for two years. It was also later found that he had been videotaping her in various rooms throughout the home.
A fourth grade student was removed from class Thursday morning at Oak Hill Elementary after bringing an airsoft pellet gun and pellets to class.
The unemployment rate in Newton County dropped slightly in September to 12 percent from 12.6 percent in August, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate also declined in metro Atlanta, from 10.3 percent in August to 10 percent in September. The statewide rate (seasonally adjusted) remained unchanged at 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent.
A tornado watch has been extended to 8 p.m. for Newton County and much of north Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. Rain stretched just north of Covington, from northeast Georgia and into Alabama, according to weather service radar.
Republican Austin Scott toured Newton County Monday with local state Rep. Doug Holt and Sen. John Douglas, as he makes his final push to best Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Marshall for the Eighth District seat on Nov. 2.
An evening of acoustic movement benefit concert featuring Eric L. Summers, Corey Crowder and others will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Caldwell & Cowan chapel, 1215 Access Road in Covington.
Halloween falls on a Sunday and will be officially celebrated that day in Covington and Newton County, according to officials, but residents and organizations are split on when they're holding their own celebrations of the secular holiday.