The citizens' panel dedicated to reviewing the county's solid waste management, including a potential lease agreement for the county landfill, met for the first time Wednesday night to lay the groundwork for what should prove to be two months of intense research and debate.
The rainy and windy conditions from this past weekend are still causing problems for Newton County residents.
The Solid Waste Citizen's Panel will meet tonight, Wednesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the first floor training room of the county administration building.
Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.
Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting was dominated by spirited discussions of the county's legal spending, the citizen landfill committee and employee raises.
After the recall of Blue Bell ice cream products, Newton County School System has removed all of the brand's ice cream from its stock Tuesday.
The Georgia FFA/FCCLA Center in Newton County will receive an infusion of funds, with $9.5 million in additional grand funds in the fiscal year 2016 state budget to construct new buildings.
A $22 million nursing home facility and more than 100 jobs could be headed toward Covington as the city council approved to rezone an area on Dearing Street.
A tornado watch is in effect for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. Monday.
UPDATE: The tornado watch for 13 Georgia counties, including Rockdale and Newton counties, ended at 3 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect for Aiken County in the Augusta area until 4:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Doppler radar picked up indications of a possible tornado near Jackson, 11 miles southeast of Augusta at 3:53 p.m.
The tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale and surrounding counties has been lifted, but a hazardous weather outlook still remains for Sunday and Sunday evening.
Despite spending more than $21 million to date on the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir, Newton County appears nowhere close to obtaining a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, which recently questioned the continued need for the project as well as the information presented in the county's application.
The wet weather didn't dampen spirits for an early morning run to benefit the Covington YMCA Saturday. Racers participated in a 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run and Trix Tot Trot during the 14th Annual Cheerios Challenge. The event is held annually for people in the community to get out and come together, and be active during the spring time, and it also helps raise funds for YMCA's Why It Matters annual fundraising camping. The campaign is used to help families participate in Y programs that otherwise might not be able to afford it.
A full throated roar of victory and more than a few tears erupted as adaptive athlete Michael Mills successfully pulled a 4,000 pound Honda Pilot SUV across more than 330 feet in a wheelchair for a Guinness world record attempt on Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Bert's Big Adventure charity for children with terminal illnesses, was held at the Etowah Crossfit's Festivus Games in Woodstock, Ga. Mills team of family, friends, fellow adaptive athletes and supporters, identified as Team "Dirtbags," also carried the flag for non-profits such as More Heart than Scars, for adaptive athletes ...
What kind of school system will Newton County be in the next five years?
Coloring is perhaps one of the first activities a child embarks upon on his or her educational journey, creating a foundation for creativity and a lifetime of learning.
Interstate 20, from Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County to just east of Ga. Highway 83 in Morgan County, will be resurfaced beginning Tuesday, and construction is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2012.
In tribute to Mansfield icon Lamar B. Hays and farmers everywhere, the Mansfield Masonic Lodge will host the inaugural Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show on Sept. 24.
Two men were arrested Sunday morning and charged with using drugs at the Rainbow Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle.
A complaint of drugs brought into the homeless shelter led to the arrest of Richard E. Smith, Jr. for possession of marijuana Thursday evening.
Jury selection in the murder trial of Abel Torres will begin tomorrow in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson Jr.
Paul Chambers, AT&T's local district manager, makes his company's 9th annual $2,500 donation to the Newton County Arts Association. Executive Director Buncie Hay Lanners accepted the check.
Now that the governor has signed off on the new Georgia house and senate district maps, Newton County seems assured of adding Sen. Ronald B. Ramsey (D-43) and Rep. Steve Davis (R-109) to its slate of legislators.
Thanks to his participation in the Georgia Public Library Service's Summer Reading Program, "One World, Many Stories," Taylor Boyd not only developed essential reading skills this summer, he was also awarded a $5,529 contribution to his college savings.
The 21st annual Indian Springs Native American Festival and PowWow will be held Sept. 10 and 11 at the Indian Springs Hotel and Museum.
Homeowners who are planning to stick around for a few years could be eligible for federal funding to make their homes more energy efficient or handicap accessible.
47 local youth and 17 adults with the Newton County NAACP gathered at the home of NAACP Youth Advisor Cathelene Perry for the Back 2 School Block Party on July 24. The students participated in dances, ate food prepared by Wendell Williams and Ella King and listened to special presentations by two local pastors.
Authorities are searching for two men who reportedly robbed a Covington couple in their home Wednesday.
A 21-year-old Covington man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and violation of the computer pornography and child exploitation act.
More than two years after the murder of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks, a third man has been arrested and formally charged in his death.