The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.
Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.
Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.
Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.
This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.
"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.
A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.
Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.
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Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.
The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.
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.
The Newton County Library System has considered providing e-book services to its users, but the price has been prohibitive to this point.
May is Foster Care Month and the Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children Services is stepping up their efforts to urge more Georgians to become foster parents. DFCS county offices across the state are sponsoring foster parent appreciation and family activities, information fairs, seminars and training sessions to recruit future foster parents.
In need of some home-grown goodness? Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will play host to the Clark Street Farmers Market from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 26 at the church, 4140 Clark St. Shown here Bowl and Whisk baker Sharon Allen Lord makes a sale to Bill Sims. Contact market manager Ann Ezell at (770) 786-1406.
The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter is in a bind. Due to an increase of need the shelter is out of food.