After being selected recently to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH), the city of Porterdale is one step closer to improving its housing situation.
On Monday, we're hosting Kenyan 4-H members for a brief visit while they are in Atlanta for National 4-H Congress.
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.
The following is the second in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.
District Attorney Ken Wynne will most likely not be sworn in as the fifth Superior Court Judge of the Alcovy Judicial Circuit until at least July 1. Alcovy Chief Justice John Ott recently received a call from the governor's office telling him to prepare to remain at the status quo - no permanent fifth judge.
When friends of Lee and Jerry Aldridge speak about the couple, listeners can hear the passion in their voices. And when long-time friend Nonie Needham introduced the couple as co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award to an assembled crowd of friends, the response was a standing ovation.
Even with the current economic downturn, Oak Hill community members proved that the Christmas Spirit still exists. In spite of high unemployment rates, furloughs and other financial strains, the Christmas Charity Drive at Oak Hill Animal Hospital has raised much-needed funds and supplies to benefit the Newton County chapter of the Humane Society. The drive, conducted during the entire month of December, collected food, paper towels, pet carriers, cat litter and other necessary pet items, ...
The Covington YMCA is getting ready for a new session of Boot Camp under the direction of Instructor Crystal Hounschell. This program is available to members and non-members of the YMCA. Boot Camp is a 12-week program which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 p.m. Boot Camp will begin its 12-week session on Friday, Jan. 25, and will conclude with participating as a group in the YMCA's Annual Cheerios Challenge on ...
The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. ...
A group of Newton non-profits received a significant financial boost Thursday morning. The Newton Fund, a group that supports non-profits and philanthropy in general, held its annual grant reception and awarded $18,000 to seven needy and deserving local organizations.
Following the December hiring of Randy C. Conner as a grant writer for the City of Covington, some residents and elected officials have expressed concern about a previous banking violation on Conner's record.
One of the county's most prestigious awards was given to two of the county's longest serving citizens. Jerry and Lee Aldridge were the announced as the co-recipients of the 2010 R.O. Arnold Award, which was presented to them at the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night.
Family members of juvenile court judge Sherri Roberts were sentenced Jan. 8 for a family fight that ended with several arrests at the end of 2008.
One of the four men charged in the murder of 38-year-old Robert Andrew "Drew" Nichols announced this morning that he had hired a private attorney to represent him and requested his bond hearing be continued.
While several roads were closed during September's flooding, others were damaged by the repeated rainfall of November and December.
The life and works of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated Sunday afternoon with the 25th annual community celebration at 3 p.m. at Olive Swann Porter Auditorium at Newton High School.
As a result of the recent bad weather across the country, on the heels of the holiday season, the blood supply has drastically decreased in the Southern Blood Services Region. Type O negative and type B negative blood supplies have dropped to emergency levels and help is needed now. Since type O negative blood can be used for any patient when there is not time to determine the patient's blood type, it ...
Passing the gift along: UnitedBank recently made donations to the Repairers of the Breach Fund and the Covington YMCA for the holiday season. For a second year, UnitedBank directors and employees opted to give these donations instead of receiving individual Christmas gifts from their organization. "We consider ourselves blessed as 2009 comes to a close. The Newton community has supported UnitedBank since 2007; it is an honor to give these gifts to ...