Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston has a big vision for Covington. He wants his city's downtown to be more popular than nearby Madison's, its Christmas displays to shine as brightly as Callaway Gardens,' its businesses to thrive, and its residents to be employed and entertained.
Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis heard residents' request for officials to find a way to balance next year's budget without raising the property tax rate, and he scrambled early last week to find an alternative.
Jazz saxophonist Chand Antonio Bennett and his band NEO4 played a free concert on the square Friday, as part of the Arts Association in Newton County's 2nd Friday concert series.
The following students were named to the All-Year Honor Roll at Clements Middle School:
After a tornado touched down in Mansfield in April, leaving several homes and businesses damaged, the small town was left to pick up the pieces. On Saturday, the community gathered to continue doing just that as the Mansfield Women's Club hosted an Open Car Show and Chili Cook-off to raise money for the victims.
Working as a 911 center dispatcher for nearly six years, Stykes has heard tragedy in the voices of victims of accidents, crimes and fires, and he's done what he could to calm, reassure and aid them. When Stykes and his co-workers heard about the deaths of more than 20 people in the devastating May 31 tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma, they couldn't help directly but decided to host a blood drive to do their part.
The following road maintenance and mowing projects are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 17-20, weather permitting:
The city of Covington and Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful encourage city residents to recycle. The "Streamline" program, which accepts a wide variety of materials and does not require separating, makes curbside recycling easier for city residents.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.49 at Marathon, located at 12752 US Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 11.
County commissioners reached an informal consensus Thursday night to raise the millage rate to 11.59 next year to account for a projected decline in overall property values and spare what they felt were too deep of cuts to the budget.
Local ministry Mission 25 is jam-packed with clothes and ready to serve those in need, and its founders and supporters know there's no coincidence it's gotten this far.
Jousting, castles and tricksters are usually not thought of while attending Vacation Bible School, but they will all be a part of this year's VBS presentation, " Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Batt for Truth," at First Baptist Church of Covington next week. The church plans to act out Bible stories with puppets and actors on its medieval-castle themed stage in the sanctuary, teaching youth about not being fooled by tricksters and believing in ...
You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It's good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people's feet.
Efforts to move an entire high school are continuing as the staff and faculty at Newton High School continue to pack and transfer items from their old school building to the new Newton High that will open in August.
Several roads in Newton County will be repaired or resurfaced this summer, and projects on Airport, Crowell, Jack Neely and Mote roads will require the most intense work.
Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.
On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better." Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in ...
Local high school students are getting firsthand knowledge of what it would be like to go before a judge - both as an attorney, witness, victim and suspect - while preparing for Newton County's mock trial regional competition.
Verdant nature: Heather Barrett has traveled throughout Newton County to gather these colorful, vibrant images. The railroad tracks are off Cook Street in Covington. The pink dogwood and the purple iris lilies were photographed in the garden of the Rev. Jackson on Moore Street. Nice Catch! Smokie Christopher caught this fish in a small lake near Mansfield. It took both Dennis Christopher and Roy Boy to bring it in. Smokie is currently a resident at ...
The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. ...
Although District Attorney Ken Wynne may have to wait until July to be sworn in as a Alcovy Circuit Superior Court judge, he likely won't have to worry about running for reelection this November.
David Burke may have had five fathers growing up, but he never had that one stable male influence in his life.
If elected, Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel plans to continue to cut the state budget, promote entrepreneurs and small businesses, lower the state's tax burden and endorse more technical school education and corporate-educational cooperation.
Recently the Covington Elks and Elkadettes held a memorial service for their departed members of the Lodge 1806. Larry Capes, Georgia State Elks President, gave the eulogy. Jack Wheeler, Past Exalted Ruler, was in charge of the program. Kati Moss sang several songs during the service and is the granddaughter of Larry and Adrian Capes. Refreshments were prepared by the Covington Elkadettes for the service.
Most kids join gangs for one reason: money. Clint Bryant, who is involved with preventing gang activity in Augusta, said the best way to keep teens and young adults on the straight and narrow is to provide them with decent paying jobs.
Former MIT graduate Kendra Boone was elected as the next chairman of FaithWorks, following in the footsteps of founder Bob Furnad.
Sunday afternoon local twins Becky Ramsey and Alice Walker will give a piano and organ concert at Covington First United Methodist Church, which is just off the Covington Square at 1113 Conyers Street.
Superior Court Judge Eugene M. Benton agreed to continue the motion status for Johnny Otis Workman until February to allow attorneys on both sides more time to review a report from the Georgia State Patrol.
Highest honor: Jeff Greenich of Scout Troop 748, chartered by Prospect United Methodist Church, receives the District Award of Merit at the Yellow River District of Boy Scouts of America Annual Banquet. The Award of Merit is the highest award a local district can present to a scouter. The Yellow River District includes Newton and Rockdale Counties. In 42 scouting units 338 adult volunteer leaders provide scouting programs to 1,351 young people ...
Troy University student and Newton High graduate Ricky Latimore will appear on the BET broadcast of the Mo'Nique Show Tuesday at 11 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 a.m.