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.
ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities in Athens say two football players from Carver High School in Columbus and an unidentified juvenile have been charged in connection with thefts from the University of Georgia football locker room.
The Magistrate's Court in Athens said 18-year-old Deion Bonner and 17-year-old Marquise T. Hawkins were charged Monday with theft by taking. Authorities identified the third person arrested only as being younger than 17.
Invest $10 to $25 on a new board game for your family and you'll get quite a return on your money. As antiquated as it sounds, you'd be surprised by how much our children crave good old fashioned family time.
Local political representation in the western part of the county will likely undergo some major changes next year as the area's rapid growth necessitates county commission/school board districts being reapportioned.
Calls to the 911 center continue to increase, but a lack of employees to cover regular shifts has resulted in skyrocketing overtime costs, and 911 Director Mike Smith hopes to solve the issue by adding four employees next fiscal year.
Ready, set, run: Hundreds of runners of all ages took part Saturday in the 10th annual Cheerios Challenge in Covington. The event featured 10-K and 5-K races and a 1-mile fun run. There were record-breaking winners in the 5-K race: Janet Cherobon-Bangom, 32, who came in at 17:15, and the male overall winner, 27-year-old Robert Letting, who came in at 14:48. Both are from Rome.
The Newton/Rockdale chapter of the Georgia Federation of Democratic Women is holding its spring meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday at Cameron Hall in Conyers, 1035 Green St. S.E.
Everyday folks doing extraordinary things for Newton County were honored on Friday when The Covington News and General Mills saluted the four finalists in the 2010 Hometown Heroes celebration.
ATLANTA - During their frantic final day Thursday, Georgia lawmakers passed a tough bill cracking down on illegal immigration, clearing the way for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign it.
Dozens of bills cleared the House and Senate as lawmakers before the chambers gaveled the 40-day legislative session to a close at 11:38 p.m. amid a shower of confetti.
Newton County may be rocked after midnight tonight by a line of strong to severe storms.
Tastes and treasures: The Spring Fling was held Thursday evening at Southern Heartland Gallery, 1132 Monticello St., while A Taste of Downtown, a showcase of fare from seven downtown restaurants, was offered next door at 1138 Monticello Street Banquet Hall. The art gallery event featured an exhibit of wearable art, in conjunction with partners Brendle's, Perfect Fit Lingerie, Merle Norman and New Shoez. A wine tasting, staged by Newton Package, was offered, and entertainment was provided by Marshall McCart.
Newton Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in nuclear medicine after a review by the American College of Radiology.
Site plans have been approved for a Walmart Supercenter at the intersection of Salem and Brown Bridge roads.
Covington and Newton County officials want to attract high-quality jobs. So does nearly every other community in the U.S.
Objectives complete: The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2010 National Explorers Excellence Award, after meeting all 11 program objectives, including community oriented activities, fingerprinting, vehicle pull-overs and handcuffing techniques. The group only needed to meet eight objectives but met all 11, after having only been started in February 2010. The group is headed by Investigator Mark Joiner. Sheriff Ezell Brown extended a special thanks to the citizens of Newton County for donations to the program, which went toward their uniforms, and to General Mills for a $2,000 donation for equipment for the program.
Mayfield's Hardware Company will be raffling off 20, hand-decorated Adirondack chairs Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. at its downtown store in an effort to support local non-profits.