Covington residents Gregory Dozier, assistant commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections, and Inspector Sandra Putnam with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation returned from Israel after spending two weeks learning new public safety techniques and technologies.
Around 400 campers descended on Rutledge from June 22-July 4 for a week-long respite from cancer and a chance to be children again, and several of Covington's most philanthropic business owners and leaders were there to greet them.
Travelers should avoid I-20 this weekend if possible, as roadwork continues, weather permitting.
A group of hardworking and dedicated residents have made sure "Georgia's Greatest Little Town" remains in the national spotlight for historic preservation and economic development.
The following information was provided by the Newton County School System. Look in Friday's paper for the full story.
A man fled the scene after allegedly exposing himself outside of Alcovy Fitness early Wednesday morning.
It was a full moon - or moons - in Rockdale Sunday night as two drunk men were arrested for public indecency after being caught pulling down their pants and mooning motorists. One suspect even knocked himself out running into a tree as he attempted to flee.
Main Street Covington invites residents to a Mix and Mingle for the Fourth of July Independence in the Park to discuss event details and answer questions.
Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.
Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.
Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.
The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.
A Rockdale County teacher joined 204 middle school math and science teachers to take a teacher-only field trip out of this world.
What students, parents and teachers have been doing to prepare for and take tests until now may not cut it next year, and the Newton County Schools administration is doing its best to prepare for a more rigorous year.
The 2050 Plan, both lauded and applauded, will be discussed in a series of public meetings starting July 14.
Beaver Manufacturing celebrated its 40th anniversary in business with a banquet Saturday night at DeKalb Technical College in Covington.
Touting their horns: The results are in for the Hornyhead Fish Head Festival, which was held Saturday in Newborn. (L-r) Youth Winner: Eli Galloway - 8 inches long with 8 horns. Adult Winner: Tom Krieger - 6 inches long with 11 horns. Children's Winner: Malcom Whitaker - 7 1/8 inches long with 9 horns. The festival also included a parade, a flea market and other arts and crafts booths. The fish were fried, and according to residents, taste like trout.
Best Campsite - Kerbow's Cruizers
ATLANTA, Ga. - President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for parts of Georgia that were ravaged by this week's violent storms, making federal funding available to help people recover in seven counties.
The much discussed gas tax hike in Georgia will raise prices at Newton County's pumps by 5 cents when it takes effect Sunday.
Update: Cleanup efforts following the tornado that ripped through Newborn are going well thanks to efforts from numerous county and state agencies, and Saturday's Horneyhead Fish Head Festival is still on.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves placed pitching coach Roger McDowell on administrative leave Friday while they investigate allegations that he made homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans before a game in San Francisco last weekend.
McDowell also is accused of using a baseball bat to threaten a fan who objected to his actions.
ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Derek Lowe was charged Thursday with drunken driving, another blow to a team already dealing with allegations that pitching coach Roger McDowell spewed homophobic comments before a game in San Francisco last weekend.
A good cause: 11 Alive's (WXIX TV) 36th annual Community Service Awards honored 10 recipients for 2011. Among those were Operation Sandbox. The award was presented to Virginia Pearson, cofounder of the organization. The award is presented for outstanding local volunteers who have demonstrated selfless devotion for the betterment of the community. She was escorted by reporter Bill Liss who served in the Air Force, and Ga. Army National Guard Col. Andy Hall. Approximately 500 people were in attendance. Seats for the event were $300 each. Proceeds from the night's event went to Emory's Alzheimer's research ...
Newton County voters were the only ones to choose a Democrat over U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) in November's election, but you couldn't tell that at Tuesday's town hall.
Becky Byrum has been walking laps in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life fundraiser for years, now, but tonight she'll be taking her second Survivor's Lap.
Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.
TRENTON, Ga. - A Georgia salon owner is thankful she and her daughters are still alive after the three of them rode out a deadly storm by taking shelter in an unlikely place - a tanning bed.