Covington residents Gregory Dozier, assistant commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Inspector Sandra Putnam with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returned from Israel after spending two weeks learning new public safety techniques and technologies.
Around 400 campers descended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be children again, and several of Covington's most philanthropic business owners and leaders were there to greet them.
Travelers should avoid I-20 this weekend if possible, as roadwork continues, weather permitting.
A group of hardworking and dedicated residents have made sure "Georgia's Greatest Little Town" remains in the national spotlight for historic preservation and economic development.
The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.
A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.
It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.
Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.
Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.
Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.
The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.
A Rockdale County teacher joined 204 middle school math and science teachers to take a teacher-only field trip out of this world.
What students, parents and teachers have been doing to prepare for and take tests until now may not cut it next year, and the Newton County Schools administration is doing its best to prepare for a more rigorous year.
The 2050 Plan, both lauded and applauded, will be discussed in a series of public meetings starting July 14.
Newton County's plan for the future was praised this week by a national group of expert planners, offering more outside validation for an effort that's been under way for a decade.
State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is seeking re-election to a third term in the Georgia General Assembly because she wants to continue working to improve education.
Sharon Sawyer is taking a second shot at unseating Democratic incumbent state Rep. Pam Dickerson in the May 20 Primary, and Sawyer's campaign message is simple: vote for Sawyer, because she actually lives in Newton County.
Head to the second star from the right this weekend.
A Covington woman won an award for her poetry entry in the 2014 edition of "Sirocco," Georgia Southwestern State University's Arts Magazine.
Georgian's are being asked not to add to the expected summer heat and air quality during the coming months, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).
A woman went to put gas into her 2008 Chevy at 10:30 a.m. Friday when the lever would not lock, and no gas would go into the tank, as if it was full.
The Covington Police Department has arrested a person Thursday believed to have spearheaded the theft of thousands of fraudulent funds in Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties.
Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn said it best in helping to honor the two 2013 General Mills and The Covington News Hometown Hero finalists, who both happen to be handicapped.
Update, Tuesday morning: Newton County is one of dozens of Georgia counties under a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that warns residents to be prepared for:
Thunderstorms are expected in the area throughout the week, possibly bringing damaging winds, hail and chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Covington attorney Billy Waters was sworn in as Covington Municipal Court judge last week, and the Covington City Council hopes the Newton County native will bring some stability to the position.
The Covington Family YMCA had a record setting 1,365 participants in its Covington Cheerios Challenge event on Saturday, April 19. This event would not be possible without many people volunteering behind the scenes.
Early voting kicks off Monday, and there are several contested local, state and federal seats for Newton County voters, including a couple that will be decided outright in the Primary election.
County commissioners agree the county needs both a full-time election chairman and a full-time county manager or administrator, but they still need to decide which official will have ultimate firing and hiring authority and to whom county employees are ultimately responsible.