Since 2012, when the plant closed its doors for good, the buildings at 9172 Industrial Dr., N.E., formerly Berry Plastics, have been slowly deteriorating.
Smoke may be present in Newton County today as a prescribed fire is being conducted in Jasper and Jones counties.
A traffic stop for a broken headlight led to the seizer of a 45 cal. handgun, a crack pipe and an open container of alcohol early Thursday morning.
South Salem Elementary and Liberty Middle School were both briefly on lockdown Tuesday as police chased two burglary suspects on car and foot, leading to an arrest behind one of the schools.
The 2015 System Spelling Bee has returned, and The Newton County School System will host the annual event. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will compete this year at Newton High School on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate, with each school sending their own spelling bee champion and runner up to compete in the tournament.
One of the first steps in consolidating Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College is a implementation committee, helping to find ways to make the two institutions blend together.
After two failing scores, Pacho's Mexican Grill received a 79 on its inspection report done Monday, Jan. 26.
The Covington Fire Department is offering anyone interested in learning about firefighting techniques and technology the opportunity to join the Explorer Program.
The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett will accept applications for the 2015-16 school year beginning Monday, Feb. 2.
Newton County School System's middle and high schools' first place winners will move on to challenge students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools in the Regional Science Fair at Griffin RESA on Feb. 3.
Newton County Fire Services had a busy weekend with a total of 66 calls in a 48-hour period.
Young people should cooperate with law enforcement, but also know their rights and register to vote if they wish to enact broader change, a community forum held in honor of Martin Luther King Day concluded.
Eastminster School has faced tough funding times in the past and managed to pull through, but this year could be its last, according to administrators.
The Covington Municipal Airport is partnering with a Rockdale County Middle School, Conyers Middle School, to allow students to get a first-person view of the equipment used for aviation as well as see the day-to-day operations of an airport.
Update, Tuesday, 8:55 p.m.: The Covington City Council reached an informal consensus Tuesday night not to double its funding to the Newton County Library System to $30,000 next year.
The city of Covington is considering its options to collect stormwater bills it claims is owed by the county government and school board. The county owes $88,000 and the school board owes $74,235.
Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown engaged in some patrol work Saturday night, helping Covington police arrest a man on multiple charges.
Bag 'em up: Covington Rotarians Wayne Pugh, President Bob Stafford, kneeling, and Terry Ozburn, along with volunteer members of the Eastside Football team gathered in the hot sun Tuesday and distributed 840 bags of Vidalia Onions to fellow Rotarians. The Rotarians have been selling onions in the community for over 50 years in order to raise funds to conduct their annual Christmas stocking delivery. This year the price is $18 for a 25 pound bag of fresh picked onions. Contact any Rotarian to order your onions.
ATLANTA (AP) - The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to let four two-year colleges in Georgia begin offering bachelor's degrees.
Two men were arrested Monday afternoon, after calling 911 for help during a fight.
ATLANTA - Authorities have released the name of the woman killed by falling debris when a construction crew demolished an abandoned home in Atlanta.
ATLANTA - The Skip Barber Racing School is leaving Connecticut and moving to Georgia.
MARIETTA - Police in Cobb County say a seven-hour standoff at an apartment has ended peacefully.
Officers say a man with a shotgun had barricaded himself inside a unit at an apartment complex on Akers Mill Road Monday evening, along with a woman and a 4-year-old boy.
A man who was reportedly viewing explicit images on his laptop computer Saturday at a Covington doughnut shop was arrested on a charge of distributing obscene material and had his computer confiscated by police.
ATLANTA - Georgia's Environmental Protection Division says the Air Quality Index for metropolitan Atlanta is 101.
ATLANTA - An Atlanta preacher whose church caught fire in January is awaiting a court appearance after being charged with shooting a 13-year-old who police say threw a rock that broke the rear window of the preacher's car while he was driving.
ATLANTA - The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office says a woman found dead in an Atlanta house after it was demolished was killed by falling debris.
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County woman accused of killing her infant daughter in 2009 is scheduled for trial this week.