Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.
Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.
August was a busy month in Mansfield.
At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.
Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.
A Newton County Sheriff's Office detention officer was arrested Thursday, Aug. 28 for inappropriate contact with a minor and, as of Friday, remained in custody at the Newton County Detention Center, according to NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison.
Following is the letter Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis sent the Covington News about the $4,500 paycheck advance given to Commissioner J.C. Henderson. It is reprinted here in its entirety.
A lockdown on Lorraine Elementary after a possible bomb threat was lifted shortly after noon Friday after a security sweep found the campus to be clear.
Don't worry much about orange cones on the area's highways this holiday weekend. Instead, just worry about all those other cars.
A local high school student was in the custody of the Newton County Sheriff's Office Thursday afternoon after being arrested on campus.
A series of concerts, all featuring different styles of music, are set for noon each Thursday in September. All will be held on the Square in Covington, and all are free to the public.
Tammy Hammonds's daughter is the chair for a committee that worked all year to organize fundraising events to bring awareness to a rare but serious disease the needs a brighter spotlight. And Tammy Hammonds's daughter is only 16.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) recently hosted a series of events targeting health and wellness on its DeKalb and Newton campuses. As a part of its "Be ACTive" initiative to encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in healthy choices that will nourish the mind, body and spirit, GPTC held a "Healthy Choices Fair" in the Conference Center on the college's DeKalb Campus.
The end of an era of Newton County government is quickly approaching.
Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was issued a paycheck advance of $4,500 on Aug. 15. He paid everything back by Aug. 25.
Porterdale City Council will meet in a called work session at 6:30 p.m. today in City Hall.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark Street, Covington.
Newton County will remember its veterans who gave their all with several events through Memorial Day.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with the molestation of two teen boys.
DECATUR - State juvenile justice officials say a SWAT team was called in to put down a disturbance at the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center.
Veterans, particularly those from World War II and the Korean War, will be honored at 11 a.m., Saturday on the square in a ceremony hosted by the Newton County Republican Party.
ATLANTA - Authorities say an alligator has moved into a pond in a metro Atlanta neighborhood, far north of the reptiles' typical range in south Georgia.
WINDER - A long way from Tipperary - or the battlefields of World War I - a bomb used in that conflict turned up in Winder.
Sgt. Ryan Sears of the Barrow County Sheriff's Office says a Winder man was working in his yard Tuesday afternoon when he found the bomb and called police.
Libraries have long been viewed as vital cornerstones of communities, a necessary public service, but as Newton County remains mired in a near-lifeless economy, county officials believe the time of free library service may be over.
Scholarship winners: Two local high school students were honored with the B.C. Crowell Scholarship. Madison Raynor of Eastside High School and Tre Simms of Newton County High School were presented with the annual scholarship.
Helping the Red Cross: Piedmont Academy held a blood drive for the American Red Cross the week of May 9. During the school's outdoor movie night and at their annual parents' meeting, the school collected money for a donation to the American Red Cross to help with its support efforts in Georgia and around the world.
Project complete: An eyesore has been turned into a green space downtown, thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Covington. The old site of the Community Food Pantry at Brown and Clark streets has been transformed into a public park, which will be dedicated at 6:45 p.m. today. Project coordinator was Gene Wallace, and there's a mural providing a background that was done by Oxford College students working with Maria Veliotis, according to a release. Left, Bolivar Macedo of Robbins Lawn Maintenance puts the finishing touches on the park on Tuesday evening.
A missing teen returned home roughly 24 hours after first leaving, but authorities are now investigating who she met and what happened in those missing hours.
The Newton County Library System has considered providing e-book services to its users, but the price has been prohibitive to this point.
May is Foster Care Month and the Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children Services is stepping up their efforts to urge more Georgians to become foster parents. DFCS county offices across the state are sponsoring foster parent appreciation and family activities, information fairs, seminars and training sessions to recruit future foster parents.