Grace Budd-Spradley picked up a yellowed packet of seeds labeled "Mayflower" and turned it over in her hand.
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy. I confess I had no idea of it myself. While we shall see multiple instances of Europeans going to live in America, I will venture to say no man now living will ever witness an instance of an American removing to settle in Europe and continuing there."
The Fourth of July brings a renewed sense of patriotism, a chance to stand by the grill all day and an annual pilgrimage of firework vendors.
Three people were bitten by rabid wild animals in separate Rockdale incidents in the past couple of weeks, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, which is warning residents to stay alert for a possible rabies outbreak.
As everyone gears up for Independence Day and summer vacations, an undernoted story is often pets who are left behind.
Things got strange Sunday morning on Crowell Road.
The Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on Friday, July 4th, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. They will re-open Saturday, July 5th.
A 21-year-old man fled Walmart, leaving 136 stolen packs of gaming cards in a shopping cart behind him. Walmart officials alerted the Covington Police Department.
While hosting the ongoing little league district tournament for the first time, Newton teams continue to prosper by winning games, as they all look to win the district championship.
A local private Christian school was looking for help, and they found some.
The Salvation Army has had a busy start to its summer in Newton County, kicking things off with an event at Camp Grandview in Jasper. The Salvation Army sponsored 18 children from Newton County to attend the camp for children, adults and seniors. Camp Grandview gives life-changing experience to its campers. They enjoy fresh mountain air, exercise and character-based programs, and make new friends that last a lifetime.
A 1959 movie 'Pork Chop Hill' starring Gregory Peck depicted the costly 1953 battle for a rocky hill during the last year of the Korean War. Pork Chop Hill had, in fact, snuffed out numerous lives before 1953. This is the story of one survivor, born and raised in Rockdale County.
In observance of the upcoming Independence Day, our offices will be closed. For any questions, please contact editor Bryan Fazio via email: bfazio@covnews. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for north central Newton County and central Walton County until 7:15 p.m.
Newton County continues to attract movies, as "American Reunion," the fourth installment of the "American Pie" movie series, is scheduled film at Newton High School July 5 through July 20.
Porterdale City Council will meet in a called work session at 6:30 p.m. today in City Hall.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners will hold a budget work session at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark Street, Covington.
Newton County will remember its veterans who gave their all with several events through Memorial Day.
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with the molestation of two teen boys.
DECATUR - State juvenile justice officials say a SWAT team was called in to put down a disturbance at the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center.
Veterans, particularly those from World War II and the Korean War, will be honored at 11 a.m., Saturday on the square in a ceremony hosted by the Newton County Republican Party.
ATLANTA - Authorities say an alligator has moved into a pond in a metro Atlanta neighborhood, far north of the reptiles' typical range in south Georgia.
WINDER - A long way from Tipperary - or the battlefields of World War I - a bomb used in that conflict turned up in Winder.
Sgt. Ryan Sears of the Barrow County Sheriff's Office says a Winder man was working in his yard Tuesday afternoon when he found the bomb and called police.
Libraries have long been viewed as vital cornerstones of communities, a necessary public service, but as Newton County remains mired in a near-lifeless economy, county officials believe the time of free library service may be over.
Scholarship winners: Two local high school students were honored with the B.C. Crowell Scholarship. Madison Raynor of Eastside High School and Tre Simms of Newton County High School were presented with the annual scholarship.
Helping the Red Cross: Piedmont Academy held a blood drive for the American Red Cross the week of May 9. During the school's outdoor movie night and at their annual parents' meeting, the school collected money for a donation to the American Red Cross to help with its support efforts in Georgia and around the world.
Project complete: An eyesore has been turned into a green space downtown, thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Covington. The old site of the Community Food Pantry at Brown and Clark streets has been transformed into a public park, which will be dedicated at 6:45 p.m. today. Project coordinator was Gene Wallace, and there's a mural providing a background that was done by Oxford College students working with Maria Veliotis, according to a release. Left, Bolivar Macedo of Robbins Lawn Maintenance puts the finishing touches on the park on Tuesday evening.
A missing teen returned home roughly 24 hours after first leaving, but authorities are now investigating who she met and what happened in those missing hours.