Students and parents can expect to see a now-familiar face behind the scenes and on the front line of public education in the Newton County School System for at least the near future.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON - Some of the killer tornadoes that ripped across the South may have been among the largest and most powerful ever recorded, experts suggested, leaving a death toll that is approaching that of a tragic "super outbreak" of storms almost 40 years ago.
PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. - Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 201 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years, and officials said Thursday they expected the death toll to rise.
RINGGOLD, Ga. (AP) - Severe storms turned deadly as they roared across north Georgia, with authorities early Thursday reporting at least 13 people killed in the state and dozens more injured after possible tornadoes and high winds crushed homes and uprooted trees.
Massive oaks blocked Georgia Highway 142 in Newborn today after a powerful line of storms swept through Newton County about 1 a.m.
On the heels of one death penalty case, Newton County is preparing for a second this year. Rodney Renia Young, 43, is accused of bludgeoning to death his ex-fiancée's son, 28-year-old Gary Lamar Jones, in 2008.
The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of north Georgia, including Newton County, until 2 a.m.
Fans may get a chill watching the CW's "Vampire Diaries," but star Nina Dobrev says the cast and crew were the ones spooked while filming at the Gaither Plantation in Covington.
COLLEGE PARK - Authorities say a mother and her 4-year-old daughter have died after an apartment fire in south Fulton County.
The fire was at the Camelot Apartments near Old National Highway.