The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.
Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.
Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.
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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Teachers - new and veteran - school board administration and other interested parties from Newton and surrounding counties will convene at the end of the month to prepare for and learn about technology opportunities in the classroom.
State-level 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) were released Wednesday, marking improvements in most areas while simultaneously showing a large percentage of students who still lack in testing for math.
A surprise appreciation lunch was held for the local county extension agent, Ted Wynne, on Sunday, June 7.
A new summer camp is coming that planners hope will offer a chance for fun and feelings of accomplishment for the special needs community in Rockdale County.
An alleged argument led to someone getting shot in the leg in the area of Green Acres Friday.
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."
The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.
Three people were bitten by rabid wild animals in separate Rockdale incidents in the past couple of weeks, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, which is warning residents to stay alert for a possible rabies outbreak.
A 1959 movie 'Pork Chop Hill' starring Gregory Peck depicted the costly 1953 battle for a rocky hill during the last year of the Korean War. Pork Chop Hill had, in fact, snuffed out numerous lives before 1953. This is the story of one survivor, born and raised in Rockdale County.
The Salvation Army has had a busy start to its summer in Newton County, kicking things off with an event at Camp Grandview in Jasper. The Salvation Army sponsored 18 children from Newton County to attend the camp for children, adults and seniors. Camp Grandview gives life-changing experience to its campers. They enjoy fresh mountain air, exercise and character-based programs, and make new friends that last a lifetime.
A local private Christian school was looking for help, and they found some.
While hosting the ongoing little league district tournament for the first time, Newton teams continue to prosper by winning games, as they all look to win the district championship.
A 21-year-old man fled Walmart, leaving 136 stolen packs of gaming cards in a shopping cart behind him. Walmart officials alerted the Covington Police Department.
The Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open Saturday, July 5th.