The national measles outbreak has ignited a firestorm debate over immunization, but while most Newton County parents appear to strongly support vaccination, few of those who spoke with The News were ready to do away with personal choice when it comes to immunization.
The city of Covington announced the hiring of Stoney Bowles as Fire Chief Monday.
Church members showed up to worship Sunday morning at Church 213 only to find out that it had burnt down earlier that day.
Eleven-year-old Cyler Wilcox has had a difficult year, first losing her father in November and then discovering that her grandmother, who is also her legal guardian, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
An investigation by the Covington Police Department led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight in a case that affected more than 100 people and three counties.
The third time was the charm for Indian Creek Middle School student Jet Rawls, winner of the 2015 Newton County School System Spelling Bee. Rawls, a sixth-grader, participated in the NCSS Spelling Bee as the East Newton Elementary School champion during his fourth and fifth grade years but just missed out on the top prize each time. This year, the super speller successfully spelled "ominous" and "disguise" to clinch the championship. Clements Middle School student Jayden Wheeler was this year's runner up.
Now that the spring semester is under way and winter break is behind us, the Newton County School System's high schools are announcing their top 10 students and 2015 Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Dr. Andrea Washington purchased hundreds of eyeglasses to donate to the Oxford Lions Club. On Wednesday, Dr. Washington and her staff gifted the eyeglasses to Mr. Richard Henderson and Martha Molyneux at her office.
Christy and her husband were selected as The Covington News' Cutest Couple via voting from our readers.
Dry, cold weather this weekend will make way for wet, cold weather Monday.
A missing dog was found wondering around lost and scared near Social Circle Fairplay and Hawkins Academy Road Thursday.
A summer camp program for youngsters that focuses on innovation and building inventions will be held at the Newton College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington, this year.
For 12 hours, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Covington News reporter Randy Schafer shadowed 12-year-old ballet dancer Abby Boivin - delving into the young dancer's life, her experience as a homeschooled student, and a ballet dancer who just received a full-merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet, in NYC, for the summer of 2015.
The top 10 students in Newton High School's Class of 2015 were named Tuesday, with Ian Cole earning Valedictorian and Brittany Webb Salutatorian honors.
After a check from a local law office was cashed at Big EZ, a Covington Police Department investigation led to the arrest of Teresa Lynn Knight.
A tornado watch has been issued for Newton and Rockdale counties and much of metro Atlanta until 3 a.m.
ATLANTA - A tax overhaul that Republicans had promoted as a key part of their agenda appears to be dead for the legislative session.
A joint legislative panel signed off on the bill Monday morning and it appeared headed to a full House vote the same day.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Senate is set to take up a bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration in the state and also has some provisions similar to those in a tough law enacted last year in Arizona.
Senators on Monday are set to take up an amended version of a House bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City.
Americans do two things perhaps better than any other group of people on the planet: party and have a good time. Leisure has been a critical part of the American framework throughout our history. That's not to say every nationality doesn't have some sort of customary games and or entertainment they grasp to when it's time to relax.
While the federal government wrangles over how to cut its budget and reduce its deficit, Newton County officials are staring at the other side of the coin, trying to find a way to increase its dwindling emergency reserves while tax revenues continue to drop.
Wendy Cartledge-Carter became the victim of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper on August 18, 2005 - her 41st birthday. But before she was a victim, she was a wife, a mother and Daddy's little girl. And according to her family, nothing will ever change that.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will continue through April 15. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.
Stellar students: The Newton County NAACP Youth took home some top honors at the recent Southeast Region convention held in Montgomery, Ala., including Advisor of the Year and Youth Counselor of the Year honors. Shown are from left (advisor Cathelene Perry; members Kurtoious Crawford, a sophomore at Alcovy High School; Thomas Johnson, a freshman at Challenge Charter Academy; and Tevin Norman, a sophomore at Eastside High School. Not pictured is Brandi Clark, a senior at Newton High School.
The lines have yet to be drawn, but Newton County's state representation will change and its influence should theoretically increase, given the fact the county gained nearly 40,000 residents in the past decade.
A failing dam and drainage structure is threatening High Point Forest Drive, forcing Newton County Board of Commissioners to approve a $127,000 construction request Tuesday to repair the structure.
A Covington Police Department detective is on administrative leave after being charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for firearm safety courses to be offered in May.
Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.
Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.
Covington will finally begin paving some of the unused Norfolk Southern railroad crossings this month.