July 1 typically brings a bevy of new laws into effect that were approved by the General Assembly earlier in the year. This year, Georgians can expect to see a new $5 fee tacked on to hotel/motel stays, slight changes to their gas taxes, and will now be able to buy aerial fireworks that were formerly illegal.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, Wednesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. to discuss and likely vote on the Green Hill P3 proposal to lease and operate the county landfill.
COVINGTON- The Covington Rotary Club closed out its 76th year Tuesday, handing out awards from 2014-15 and inducting its next president.
NORTHWEST FORSYTH - Authorities say they are treating the burning of a rainbow flag on a vehicle at a northwestern Forsyth County home as an anti-gay hate crime.
The July Fourth weekend is not only a chance for many people to celebrate, it is also the busiest travel period of the year. The holiday weekend is recognized as beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. and running through Sunday, July 5 at midnight, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
COVINGTON- The Chi Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated of Covington, Ga., serving Newton and Rockdale counties, awarded $20, 000 in scholarships on June 21, 2015 at Antioch AME Church in Conyers to high school students heading to various colleges and universities including HBCUs in the state of Georgia and nationwide.
The Checkers on Hwy. 278 is closed after a small grease fire ignited Monday morning.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is suspending construction-related lane closures on interstates and major state system highways for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The "thunderbolt" struck the nation around 11 a.m. Friday morning. For some Newton County residents the storm had been brewing for two decades, and for a local couple the ringing began at 3 p.m. – ringing of wedding bells.
COVINGTON- One of the joys of small town Georgia is the town square. It's not just an area where people can shop and eat, but it's a place where they can come together to celebrate holidays, hear seasonal concerts, and take a breather under the trees during a hectic work day.
There have been changes in Porterdale since the plans for Yellow River Park were drawn up in 2011-12.
COVINGTON- City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city's newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.
A proposal to lease and operate the Newton County landfill put forward by Green Hill P3 earlier this year effectively died Friday, but the company says it will propose an alternative agreement with input from the community.
COVINGTON- After an evening of plenty of heated debate, some legalese, a little political intrigue and much emotion, the Covington City Council decided to suspend enforcement on action it made at its previous council meeting.
Approximately 150 people from churches around Newton County came together Wednesday night at St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Covington to hold vigil for the nine people slain while at prayer services in Charleston last week.
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.
In need of some home-grown goodness? Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will play host to the Clark Street Farmers Market from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 26 at the church, 4140 Clark St. Shown here Bowl and Whisk baker Sharon Allen Lord makes a sale to Bill Sims. Contact market manager Ann Ezell at (770) 786-1406.
The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter is in a bind. Due to an increase of need the shelter is out of food.
MACON, Ga. - Officials say the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in downtown Macon is scheduled to close June 12 after the hall of fame's authority voted 4-3 Tuesday to close the museum next month.
ATLANTA - Former Gov. Roy Barnes says he's been treated for prostate cancer but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.
ATLANTA - The governor is inviting the public to leave their mark on car bumpers across the state in the search for Georgia's new license plate.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office filed police reports regarding air conditioner thefts from vacant homes in Lakeside Crossing early Saturday.
Vandals wielding cans of spray paint were busy over the weekend, defacing cars, homes, lawn decorations and neighborhood and county signs, according to police.
A state agency said timber owners across Georgia are suffering record losses after nature delivered a nasty one-two punch this spring.
MACON, Ga. - Authorities say a 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Tobesofkee outside of Macon while trying to save three children.