In addition to approving raises for the Fire Department and Sheriff's Office, the Board of Commissioners took care of several other items of business at Tuesday's meeting.
Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.
County Chairman Keith Ellis has rescinded his invitation to local citizen Ann Neuhierl to serve on the committee seeking to reform the purchasing policy, telling her that "the original candidate is now available."
The City of Porterdale passed a new ordinance Monday banning vehicles from using compression and engine brakes except in emergencies in an effort to prohibit large garbage trucks from passing through the town as the county weighs a deal to expand and privatize the landfill.
The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.
In Newton County's past government groups worked separately, so when the water authority heard that the school board was working to build a high school down Hwy. 36 it was a bit of a surprise.
For the 43rd year the Covington Lions Club will host its Annual Chicken BBQ, Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at its Academy Springs Park Club house on Conyers Street.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The prolific character actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on "The Dukes of Hazzard" has died. James Best was 88.
The Form of Government Citizen Committee will meet publicly Monday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex/Crowell Boardroom, 6185 Turner Lake Road, Covington.
A Covington Police officer was involved in a minor accident read the Raceway gas station on 278 Tuesday morning, with no injuries reported. State police were called in, as per protocol, to conduct an independent investigation.
The city of Covington will take $20,000 from its general fund in the 2015-16 fiscal year budget and help fund the Christmas lights on the Square this year.
A kitchen fire set an apartment complex on West Street abalxe Monday afternoon.
The Hwy. 278 Improvement Association took a big step forward when it was approved as a community improvement district by the Georgia General Assembly in March.
More than 300 agriculture students from high schools in Newton, Henry, Jasper and Butts counties had the chance to learn about potential careers in agriculture during the 3rd Annual Ag Career & College Expo held March 17 at the FFA Camp in Covington. The event, organized by the Newton County Farm Bureau, gave students the chance to meet with representatives of 12 colleges and representatives of 16 agribusinesses in Newton and surrounding counties.
Trees are even more valued in Newborn these days after more than 100 mature trees were destroyed or uprooted in a category F1 tornado last April.
The two people found dead inside a Tempie Lane home Tuesday morning have been identified as 66-year-old Peggy Molden and her 56-year-old nephew Donald McCollough.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently held a ceremony honoring several deputies for their service to the county. Some of the recognition came from more recent events, while others commemorated events that happened decades ago.
Flung food at Alcovy High School last week led to a brief altercation in which no one was injured, school and Sheriff's officials said.
One man was injured late Tuesday afternoon when a tractor trailer veered off Highway 81 into a ditch, the Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities are investigating a double homicide on Tempie Lane.
More than 50 movies and TV shows have had scenes filmed in Newton County, and local residents will be able to rent many of those productions beginning next week.
A Newton High School freshman took championship in his fighting division in a six-day karate competition in Sacramento.
A drunken couple was arrested Thursday night after leaving The Depot.
Typically police officers are called when wallets have been stolen, but in a surprisingly happy twist, one man called 911 to report that he had found a wallet in the parking lot Sunday afternoon.
After a canopy fell off a relatively new bridge last summer in Atlanta, state transportation officials began an extensive review of bridges around Georgia that may be susceptible to similar failures.
Elks Aidmore recently finalized its contract with the state to provide therapeutic foster care in the Conyers, Covington, Athens area with an expansion into Valdosta in late spring.
A Newton County teen was hospitalized after reportedly being beaten and robbed by nine females and one male after a party.
A Tennessee man was arrested and charged with child molestation he allegedly committed in 2003.
The Newton County Republican Party wants to make sure this year's crop of Republican candidates is truly conservative.