Chamber and government officials have a list of retail businesses they think they can attract now and a wish list of businesses they want to see come to Newton County in the future, and they've hired a former executive from a global industry to be their retail pitchman.
The Nelson Heights Community Center is being used regularly for afterschool programming, and now the center is going to have an outdoor pavilion.
Dave Bernd, recently named Director of Commercial Development for the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce, has a wide variety of business experience, including co-owning a Christmas and outfitter shop with his wife and participating in community development - including commercial development - in the U.S. and overseas.
A man reportedly told a Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy Monday that a group of juvenile boys were making explosives in his neighborhood.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently promoted Deputy Sonya "Nikki" Benton to the rank of court services division corporal. Cpl. Benton will assist in the day-to-day supervision and operation of the court services division. She has been with the sheriff's office since 1997 and has served as a detention officer, detention sergeant, and C.H.A.M.P.S. instructor. She received special recognition during a promotional ceremony presided over by Sheriff Ezell Brown and Chief Deputy Jerry Carter.
A Covington police officer and his family lost their home in a house fire Wednesday. No one was injured.
The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.09 at Kroger, located at 3700 Salem Road near Kirkland Road.
More than a dozen teens were arrested on charges of underage drinking after a house party this weekend.
A group of Newton County residents realized the area around them would eventually change and their peaceful, country living would likely be interrupted.
Access to the Yellow River continues to expand, and another kayak and canoe put-in spot could be added near the newly rebuilt Mt. Tabor Road bridge.
We were on alert, the midnight sky charcoal black, odd noises coming from the distant jungle beyond the perimeter. My vision battled reality vs. apparitions in black pajamas. I was ready to kill, not so much an enemy, but the aggressive mosquitoes attempting to construct a housing project inside my left ear. I dared not slap or even curse my ear tenants for fear of exposing my so-called fighting position.
The Covington News will be collecting new toys, canned goods and non-perishables beginning Dec. 2 at our office at 1166 Usher St.
A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office found a 16-year-old with gunshot wounds Saturday.
Fall and winter are when most people begin to stockpile wood for their fireplaces. Of course, some keep a large supply of wood year-round.
I took a road trip with one of my daughters last week. The purpose of the trip was not pleasure, but somehow the trip itself (not the business part of the trip) was fun.
A 20-year-old woman was arrested after officers reportedly noticed her driving erratically and found that the vehicle had no insurance on it.
When Janet Goodman thinks about Black History Month, her mind immediately goes back to the local civil rights battles of the 1960s and 70s. She grew up during the time when blacks in Covington were fighting for equality, whether it was the right to eat in the same restaurants, work in the same stores or attend the same schools.
Investigators from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for breaking into five cars in the Eastwood Forrest subdivision between late-Monday night and early-Tuesday morning.
For more than three decades, Black History Month has been recognized in the United States, and throughout the month of February, the Newton County Library will display a timeline of history from the 1600s through today.
On Friday January 29, at approximately 11:15 a.m. Newton County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress on Shenandoah Court. When deputies arrived they heard movement inside the residence and were attempting to surround the house when two males ran out of the back door toward the woods as an alert deputy gave chase. A NCSO K-9 tracking ...
The men and women who dedicate their lives to careers in law enforcement are required to be brave, to be selfless and to help others in distress, and while every one of the deputies in the Newton County Sheriff's Department fits the bill, three were honored Friday afternoon who went one step further, starting a tradition at the NCSO that Sheriff Ezell Brown hopes to continue.
Celebrating MLK's legacy: Oxford College student Joane Pascal gave a dramatic interpretation of song at the 2010 MLK Celebration at Old Church in Oxford. Following the invocation for the 2010 MLK Celebration, everyone in attendance sang Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing. The Rev. Sam Clowney spoke of education through the eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and encouraged the students in attendance to use their education to think insightfully about the issues ...
The Newton County Democratic Party is selling 100 rib platters for Super Bowl Sunday.
After eight months of public discussion and around 20 meetings, Newton County has finally purchased the 18.14-acre lot in Fairview Estates, planned for a public park, as well as 11 houses in various neighborhoods. The 12 properties cost a combined $1.05 million. Newton County received $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program money, with $1.1 million allocated for purchasing properties. The county expects to purchase one more house with its remaining $43,350. The rest of the ...
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled in Newton County's favor Monday, ending a 12-year old lawsuit against Newton County that brings the county one step closer to preventing a private landfill from opening.
Jake Gilbert, 32, has suffered for many years with Type I diabetes. During Gibert's battle with diabetes he has endured many medical problems including vision loss, neuropathy, stage 3 kidney disease, hypertension, depression and damage to all of his major organs. Gilbert has gone into diabetic keytoacidosis twice in the last year and both times the doctors have told his family that they came very close to losing him. <font ...
Smart InVestments: On Jan. 9, Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser for the Newton County Sheriff's Office vest fund. Chris Giella and his wife Amy, the sponsors of the event, donated ten percent of the total sales toward the InVest fund. The event took place at 3130 Highway 278 in Covington. Deputy Wesley Atha and Deputy James Trent were both in attendance. Throughout the day citizens and patrons visiting the restaurant contributed to ...
4-H in the classroom: Fifth Grade students in Mrs. Galloway's class have been presenting 4-H projects during the past week. The students have been judged by Ms. Kasey Reid, Jasper County 4-H Extension Agent. All of the projects were deemed ready for District Project Achievement because the students had done such a great job on their speeches and posters. Piedmont Academy will have 20 fifth grade students that will be able to ...
Repairers of the Breach had another busy holiday season handing out toys, clothes and food to families in need. CEO Shirley Smith said it couldn't have been done without the support of numerous groups around Newton County.
On Jan. 14, Covington resident, singer and emerging songwriter Cindi Hall was sitting at her desk at C.P. Richard's Construction Company when she received a call on her cell phone from Dave Petrelli, director of events with NSAI, the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After asking how her day was going, he said, "I'm about to make it better." Hall and co-writer friend Derek Toomey entered the CMT (Country Music Television) Listeners' Choice Award contest in ...