Business in the Georgia House intensified last week. We considered 77 bills and resolutions on the House floor in a number of lengthy sessions, while at the same time producing several dozen bills per day from numerous committee meetings. We've now reached the final quarter of the session, and the pressure is on to get everything done. None of the measures we saw during the week was really high profile, but several were interesting.
Newton Trails is gearing up for two upcoming bike rides.
Political season is in full swing, and The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance will be hosting a forum Friday for state representative candidates for District 112.
Georgia's 2014 political season is moving at a furious pace, and qualifying for local, state and federal seats is next week, more than two months earlier than past election cycles.
Clements Middle School celebrated the last day of Black History Month with a lineup of musical performances and speakers at the school Friday.
Medical marijuana can be an emotional subject, from the parents seeking help for their children to the state representative on a mission to introduce clinical testing in Georgia.
Update: The town hall scheduled for Saturday at the Historic Courthouse has been canceled due to a death in the family of state Rep. Pam Dickerson.
Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested a 19-year-old male who was reportedly found taking weapons from a residence with another male Thursday.
"In the Heat of the Night" has managed to keep its popular following two decades after its last episodes were filmed, and Covington officials are hoping to turn that popularity into more tourists.
The chamber's goal over the next five to 10 years is to turn Newton County into a regional retail hub, not only capable of meeting the needs of Newton County residents, but also drawing residents from surrounding counties.
An argument between two roommates that reportedly escalated caused one woman to be arrested.
An officer who initially stopped to help two men, whose vehicle had broken down, ended up arresting the same two men after a foot-chase Saturday.
Covington's tourists will soon be getting an all-access pass to downtown.
Courtney Darnell Feagin, 29, Conyers, Feb. 10. Probation violation.
The contributions of African-American women to American history were highlighted during a variety show held at Eastside High School Thursday.
A man reported that two men robbed him at his home Tuesday.
Forty-three children got early gifts when they received new bicycles at the seventh annual giveaway sponsored by Commissioner J.C. Henderson.
The Chi Tau Omega chapter of AKA Sorority Inc. partnered with the Newton County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, Dec. 14, to ensure no children of incarcerated parents in Conyers and Covington were forgotten by their loved ones this Christmas. Families attended an Angel Tree party, where they picked up their gifts. In addition, Antioch AME Church of Conyers donated food boxes to the families. More than 300 gifts were donated to more than 75 families whose loved ones are residents of local, state, and federal facilities.
Newton County's unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in November as a net total of 461 residents gained employment.
Last year on Christmas break, I bought a tall container and decorated it to hold little notes.
Longtime Newton Medical Center employee Martha Taylor shared smiles and hugs at her recent retirement reception, as hospital officials and employees honored her for more than 30 years of service.
Juvenile complaints were filed against three young males on Christmas Day, and two of the teens were tasered by Covington police officers.
A man was arrested on Christmas Eve after allegedly firing a gun in a home during a family gathering.
Lynn Morgan Ervin was appointed director of Newton County's development services department in October, after serving as interim director since April.
Local authorities will be upping patrols this New Year's Eve in an attempt to crack down on drunk driving in Newton County.
Homebuilding is picking up and entrepreneurs and corporations are increasingly considering Newton County in their search.
The gun believed to have been used by the assailants in the deadly Dec. 11 hair weave armed robbery has been located by an Alcohol Firearms and Tobacco agency K-9 team in the wooded area near the scene.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Flash Foods, located at 4175 Salem Road and Brown Bridge Road.
The Newton High School Beta Club were in the giving holiday spirit this week as they helped deliver Christmas to several families Monday.
Porterdale's new city hall will soon have a much homier feel.