Voting for the 2016 election is underway with a little over 800 people visiting the Newton County Administration Building to cast a ballot for either the Republican or Democrat candidates of their choice.
The county's enabling legislation was signed into law by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal Tuesday, according to Rep. Dave Belton, who informed Newton's Commissioners. The charter says that Newton County's day-to-day operations will be run by a county manager, and the manager, county chair and county commissioners will work as a checks-and-balances system in decision-making.
Four City of Covington department heads and the E911 Call Center Director made the case for their 2017 budget and staffing requests to the city council during the first budget workshop on Tuesday night.
Thousands walked around an illuminated track at The Church at Covington Friday night and Saturday morning. After the presentation of colors by the Newton High School Marine JROTC, the evening kicked off with the survivors walk. Members from each team that had booths around the track selling goods to raise money for the American Cancer Society took the second lap of the evening. Other themed laps throughout the night included the lap of silence and memorial laps.
More than 500 athletes will gather Monday through Friday, May 6 at the Newton County Special Olympics games at Sharp Stadium field. A parade through the Covington Square Monday kicked off the events. followed by opening ceremonies in the stadium.