The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.
Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.
Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.
Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.
A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.
Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.
From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.
"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.
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The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.
Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.
The bluegrass band the Freight Hoppers opens the Second Friday Summer Concert Series with a performance at 7 p.m. Friday on the square downtown.
Covington has received $500,000 in state grants to place a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 20, parallel to the Ga. Highway 81 overpass.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 not to purchase the out-of-use Norfolk Southern railroad corridor Tuesday night, joining the Covington City Council in bowing out of the controversial discussion.
A man found wandering naked down Chaney Drive, later escaped hospital staff and began running down Ga. Highway 278 - with nothing but an IV on earlier today.
WINDER - Police in the north Georgia city of Winder are warning motorists about crimes they describe as "bump robberies," when a suspect bumps a car and then robs the occupants.
Two Newton County residents are in need of liver transplants, and a local church is helping them out.
A 28-year-old Covington man has been arrested and charged with having sex with a 12-year-old girl he met online.
Strong storms rocked Newton County and environs on Thursday, dropping the temperature into the low 80s in a brief respite from the two weeks of 90-degree heat.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning effective until 5 p.m. for Walton County.
The FBI needs your help in identifying and locating bandits who robbed the Bank of America branch at 2850 Candler Road in Decatur on Wednesday.
ALBANY - Authorities say a south Georgia mother is facing charges after they say she concealed her baby's death by throwing the infant into a trash can.
WAYCROSS - Authorities say a 49-year-old Waycross man was shot to death and a woman was wounded during a home invasion.
ALPHARETTA - Police say 29 people are facing charges after police broke up a large party, cited several teenagers and took four adults into custody.
ATLANTA - Georgia revenues crept up 2.5 percent in May, the 11th straight month that tax collections in the state have risen.
Covington residents will have a chance in the November General Election to vote on Sunday alcohol package sales.