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.
A local man who believed he was meeting a 14-year-old female at a local gas station for a sexual encounter was instead met and arrested by RCSO investigators last week.
Summerset Apartments was the site of two robberies last week, and both victims were teens.
o April Pettit. First degree forgery, 10 years probation, 90 days in jail, $1,000. Misdemeanor escape, 12 months probation, $500.
Three prominent Georgia industrial recruiters said Tuesday that Newton County is well positioned for growth but cautioned that business activity remains slow.
A plan to guide development and growth in northeast Georgia through 2035 had an airing before civic, community and business leaders on Thursday in Oxford.
A 64-year-old grandma was knocked to the ground and injured when a masked man forced his way into her home Monday night.
Around 11 p.m. the woman was sitting with her 20-year-old grandson in the living room of her home on Morningside Drive when the doorbell rang. She went to answer it, believing it might be a family member, according to Newton County Sheriff's Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison.
Two brothers were arrested Monday evening after a fight turned especially nasty when one brother stabbed the other with a knife.
Authorities at a research lab south of Lawrenceville are alerting neighbors and police to be on the lookout for a monkey who has gone missing.
The unemployment rate in Newton County was 11.8 percent for May, two points higher than the state average, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.
A North Carolina man was killed early this morning when he was ejected from his car on Ga. Highway 212.
WASHINGTON - For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and a growing age divide between mostly white, older Americans and predominantly minority youths that could reshape government policies.
A line of strong storms packing wind gusts of up to 60 mph moved through Newton County Wednesday evening, dropping the temperature into the 70s in some locations.
A homeless man is accused of stealing $100 from the wallet of a man who was giving him a ride to The Depot Friday night.
A man who was undergoing a mental evaluation after reportedly admitting to the ongoing molestation of his stepdaughter has been arrested.
Porterdale Councilwoman Linda Finger has announced that she will seek re-election to the council.
Two people have been arrested after more than 1,000 marijuana plants were found in a grow house and two additional buildings off King Bostick Road, according to The Newton County Sheriff's Office.