Swollen rivers, rain-saturated ground and flash floods have closed more than 15 roadways in the county; so many the county had to purchase more barricades to prevent traffic from driving on dangerous roads.
Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were on site at the McGiboney Road Convenience Center Monday morning after residents dumped their trash outside the gates and into the road, despite notifications that the convenience centers, also known as Neighborhood Recycling Centers, would be closed for the holidays, closing at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24 and reopening Monday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m.
As clouds darkened the sky, threatening rain, Covington City police officers and firefighters joined officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in a search of the woods and fields just east of the intersection of City Pond Road and Bob Williams Parkway.
Newton County officials announced that Adam C. Mestres, the current County Administrator for Jefferson County, and Ronnie Cowan, Director of Human Resources for the City of Covington, have been named top candidates being considered for the position of County Manager.
Citing their protest to the sale of land to a residential developer at "below market" value, Keith Ellis, Chair of the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC), and county resident and former BOC District 1 Commissioner, T. M. "Mort" Ewing submitted letters of resignation from the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties.