COVINGTON- Elections for the position of Covington mayor and three of the city's council seats may not be until November, but the first political salvo was fired at Monday night's council meeting, some five months before the Nov. 3 election day.
COVINGTON- Taking its place on the square, near the obelisk memorializing Newton County residents who had given their lives for their country, and the Civil War monument with its soldier turned to face west, symbolizing the fading of the Confederacy, a sign marking the passage of Sherman's Army through Covington was dedicated on Wednesday morning.
COVINGTON- Commissioner John Douglas said it was time to "cut the cord" with Green Hill P3 and explore a "good, local solution" to the county's solid waste problems during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Form of Government committee agreed to forego recommending an independent comptroller in favor of supportive language advocating for increased training and resources for the finance department.
A Covington Police Officer patrolling Brown Bridge Road using a license plate reader was alerted when a Hyundai Santa Fe drove by into a Chevron gas station at Brown Bridge Road and Turner Lake Road shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.
The Georgia Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting and fishing licensing.
COVINGTON- Elizabeth Gilchrist was arrested for an outstanding warrant while a taxi cab waited for her outside the Quick Trip on Hwy. 278, after she had ran up a metered cost of $17.50.
COVINGTON- Several items were stolen from Horizon Cabinets on City Pond Road in Covington by people who are believed to be ex-employees early Sunday morning.
COVINGTON- Connie Hamilton was named the 2015 Rotary Nurse of the Year by the Rotary Club of Covington this week. Presenting the award was Rotary member and Merryvale Assisted Living Executive Director Gena mcLendon.
Georiga.org is reporting that the HBO miniseries, "Lewis and Clark," will film in the metro area in the next few weeks. According to Gina Hartsell, camera ready liaison for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, some of the scenes will be shot in Conyers/Rockdale County. Other locations include the Pacific Northwest, Alberta and Missouri.
With the resurgence of river activities in Porterdale, the mill village has become a gathering place for many events.
COVINGTON- A resolution allowing the consumption of alcohol in a designated special event zone during the Fourth of July Festival was approved by the Porterdale City Council at a special called meeting, Tuesday, June 9.
COVINGTON- Time is running out for Newton County to begin mandated upgrades to its landfill, according to the engineers who oversaw the successful application for the permit to expand it.
Covington-Bridge Reconstruction Requires Weekend Closures at I-20 Exit 90
Trees for Troops, a national program supported locally by Berry's Christmas Tree Farm in Covington, is being honored at the White House April 11 as a finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge.
This past holiday season, Berry's donated real Christmas trees as part of the nationwide program.
The council approved a request by the Public Works department to surplus some of its vehicles. According to the request, the vehicles were in "need of major repairs and the cost to repair exceed[ed] their value."
The council approved a motion to declare the week of April 8 - April 14 National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a request by the Housing Authority for the City of Covington to collaborate with the county in building a mixed-use community facility in the Walker's Bend subdivision.
The council voted to table a move to complete the 2.6 mile trail using county funds that would connect Eastside High School to the Newton County Library.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the county and the Newton County Recreation Commission to build the Miracle League Field using SPLOST funds. The Miracle League Field will be a specialized baseball field with related facilities aimed for disabled children to use.
During the March 20 meeting, Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathryn Morgan of breaking the board's ethics policy, its purchasing policy and state law when she spent unauthorized county funds on the repair of Cook Road.
Phyllis (Flip) Ann Tanner, 64, of Covington, died April 3. The daughter of Virginia Ann Smith and the late Robert Thomas Smith, she was born in Decatur at Emory Hospital.
She was married to the love of her life, Robert 'Wayne' Tanner for 47 years. Mrs. Tanner was a graduate of Avondale High School and had a successful career as a Real Estate agent for many years. She had a great love of antiques and an even greater love of animals.
The Georgia Hummer Study Group will hold its annual hummingbird plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Sunflower Farm, 1380 Durden Road, Rutledge.
Unusual plants that attract hummingbirds will be on sale as well as other perennials and annuals. Some vines, shrubs and even fruit trees ready for planting will be on sale. A large selection of seeds from the Sunflower Farm gardens will also be available.
Two residents will be traveling to China and North Korea in April to perform in a 150 member all-male chorus and orchestra.
Thom Barker, of Mansfield Baptist Church, and Wayne Rikard, of Zion Baptist Church, will be performing with the chorus and orchestra, named Sons of Jubal, at the Spring Arts Festival in North Korea.
A would-be robber learned the hard way Thursday that even if you leave the money, it's the intent that counts.
The Newton County Board of Education will likely undergo mediation with the Attorney General's office following a formal complaint filed by The News.
The search for a suspect who fled a traffic stop Monday suspect temporarily shut down Olde Town on Monday.
Conyers police pulled over an older model gold sedan on a routine traffic stop a little after 1 p.m. next to the courthouse on Milstead Avenue - just outside Judge David Irwin's office.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners discussed several topics at last weekend's county retreat. Below are some briefs from the meeting:
The Piedmont Cattlemen's Association recently held their 2011awards banquet at the FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County with approximately 120 members in attendance.
Several award categories were given.
Oxford is looking to privatize its trash and recycling pick up services because the city loses around $81,000 annually by providing the service and its remaining full-time solid waste employee will be retiring this year.
The Oxford City Council will host a work session to discuss privatization at 6 p.m. April 16 at Oxford City Hall.