The second week of the Covington Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy included education on how patrol units function and a hands-on Taser demonstration for willing participants.
If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.
Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.
Saturday morning, the Newton County Republican Party was divided by yellow caution tape, but by evening, they had formed two separate, rival groups, both claiming to represent the GOP.
Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.
Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington.
Newton County's Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse, to discuss a proposed settlement that would privatize operations of the landfill. Read up on the issue here, here, and here. A copy of the full text of the proposal can be found on the county's website here.
County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county's General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.
Mike Hopkins had given up on bringing his family back from Colorado to Covington this year, but a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday would effectively legalize cannabis oil on a federal level, removing a major barrier to getting his daughter, Mikayla, the treatment she needs in Georgia.
Kelsey's Law, which was inspired by the story of a brave Oxford girl, passed unanimously in the state House Wednesday.
Georgia House of Representative Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, made an appearance at the Newton County School Board meeting Tuesday night to discuss a slew of legislation that will affect the Newton County School System.
Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Oak Hill Elementary School Wednesday morning as part of the Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that supports increased childhood literacy in the state.
Virginia Tinsley, head of the North Georgia Methodist Homeless Council has known Rev. Clara Lett, and her good work operating the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless and Transitional Housing Center in Newton County since 2001. Rev. Lett's church and the Porter Memorial United Methodist Church in Porterdale worked together to support this ministry in Porterdale. It was moved to Covington after the Covington Housing Authority purchased three buildings at Turner Lake Circle in Covington in 2007.
Coming up, in the March 11 Wednesday Digital Edition: We catch up with the founding fathers of Conyers' World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade and hear how this beloved tradition started and how their spirit of irreverence endures; What parents should know about the world of social media, phone apps, texting and chatting when it comes to keeping kids safe from online predators. Also, Publisher Pat Cavanaugh interviews a special guest, Publisher T. Pat Cavanaugh. Click here on Wednesday to read more.
The Covington council of the Knights of Columbus is a community service organization that has 50 members and about 16 years of service.
Covington sold its cable TV system to Charter Communications for $27. 2 million in August 2007, and after four years of land purchases, paying down debt and airport improvements $8.9 million remain.
The Newton boys' basketball team honored Becky Rutledge, widow of former longtime administrator J.W. Rutledge, for donating new blazers and ties in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday. She donated a new set of the patented blue blazers and ties Newton players and coaches wear before games to replace the set the Rutledge family donated several years ago.
Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.
Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School
Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.
Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.
As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.
Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.
An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.
Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.
A decision by a woman to not help authorities in their investigation against her alleged abuser had deputies contacting the Department of Children Services Wednesday evening on the child's behalf.
Deputies from the NCSO are searching for a group of black males who allegedly fired shots and busted into a home on Oak Terrace Drive late Wednesday night.
Two days after Newton County moved to a county manager form of government, officials have yet to detail how the new structure will work.