Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.
A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.
Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.
From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.
"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.
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A fourth grade student was removed from class Thursday morning at Oak Hill Elementary after bringing an airsoft pellet gun and pellets to class.
The unemployment rate in Newton County dropped slightly in September to 12 percent from 12.6 percent in August, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate also declined in metro Atlanta, from 10.3 percent in August to 10 percent in September. The statewide rate (seasonally adjusted) remained unchanged at 10 percent. The national unemployment rate is 9.6 percent.
A tornado watch has been extended to 8 p.m. for Newton County and much of north Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. Rain stretched just north of Covington, from northeast Georgia and into Alabama, according to weather service radar.
Republican Austin Scott toured Newton County Monday with local state Rep. Doug Holt and Sen. John Douglas, as he makes his final push to best Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Marshall for the Eighth District seat on Nov. 2.
An evening of acoustic movement benefit concert featuring Eric L. Summers, Corey Crowder and others will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Caldwell & Cowan chapel, 1215 Access Road in Covington.
Halloween falls on a Sunday and will be officially celebrated that day in Covington and Newton County, according to officials, but residents and organizations are split on when they're holding their own celebrations of the secular holiday.
Restoration of the Historic Jail on Stalling Street is set to begin, five years after voters approved allocating $500,000 to the project in the 2005 SPLOST.
For years, a resident could call Newton County government with a question about a planning or building issue, speak to five different people in different departments and get five answers.
In search of some Halloween fun? Here's a roundup of events in Covington and Newton County:
Cinderella stories: The annual Fashion Show Luncheon, sponsored by the Newton Medical Center Women's Diagnostic Center, Breast Cancer Support Group and Volunteer Services, was held in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Tuesday morning. The celebration of the lives of all breast cancer survivors began with a light lunch which was followed by a special appearance by Elvis, a fashion show that featured Cinderella Shop clothes modeled by breast cancer survivors, door prizes and more. The proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Hope Boutique at Newton Medical Center.
A line of thunderstorms is moving through Newton and Rockdale counties at this hour.
A tornado watch is in effect until 1 p.m., meaning there is a chance for some storms to produce tornadoes.
The county recently lost two internally-respected employees to other government entities, raising concerns about employee morale.
• Jackie Dodd, DUI, 12 months probation, serve 5 days, $1,000 fine; open container, $200 fine.
A family fight in front of the children landed a husband in jail early Saturday.
Doug Bolton has been appointed chairman of the Newton County Senior Services Board.