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.
Black Easter will be commemorated at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Covington square, as city and county leaders remember the 5,000 black men and women who marched in protest of racial segregation in Newton County in 1970.
Three Newton County residents - Jack Hays Morgan, Davis Morgan and Lamar B. Hays - were honored during the recently completed 2009 Georgia legislative session by having two roads named in their honor.
Puppy eyes: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a 10-12-month-old Chihuahua, beige. Also available for adoption are two terrier mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, black and white; a great Pyraneese, adult, white; a friendly collie mix, 3-4-months-old, red; a brown and black shepherd mix, 4-months-old, with John Deere Collar; a black and white Lab mix; a 9-month-old blue tick hound, gray merle with brown; ...
The man who deputies say shot a local man in both legs on March 29 has been arrested and charged with a myriad of things, including armed robbery.
Calling home: Sgt. Campbell (left) and Cpl. Wilks (right), at the Covington National Guard Armory, display some of the 238 phone cards presented by Benny Stephenson (center) thanks to the efforts of the American Legion Post 77's Honor Guard. The cards will be used by the unit when serving in Afghanistan.
Charles Hill Morris Jr., the publisher of 144-year-old Covington News, recently announced the creation of a new publication for Conyers and Rockdale County. The new weekly newspaper will be called The Rockdale News and will feature local news and sports coverage of Rockdale County. The first edition was published Saturday, April 4.
James Almand Private First Class James Dylan Almand, 22, of Covington, graduated from United States Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on March 27. PFC Almand successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD Parris Island as one of 72 recruits in Training Platoon 1016. While in basic training PFC Almand was meritoriously promoted. Following ten days home leave he will report to Camp Lejeune for one month ...
Newton Medical Center will hold it's Annual Spring Gala on April 25. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be an elegant and entertaining night to remember. The Gala is the Hospital Auxiliary's signature fund-raising event of the year, raising thousands of dollars over the years for the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the Auxiliary will raise money for the new neonatal intensive care unit. Tickets are $90 per person.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners got their first look at the preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010, and the sight wasn't pretty. The county is projecting an $8.6 million deficit.
Roughly 50 people participated in the ride from the old Wal-Mart to The Church at Covington Saturday morning to raise awareness and funds for preventing child abuse. Attendees also enjoyed live music, free popcorn and cotton candy and the beautiful spring weather.
A Newton County grand jury indicted Don Gresham for lying about his past as a convicted sex offender in an unsuccessful bid for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Education.
A Newton County man who lied about his past as a convicted sex offender in a bid for a seat on the Board of Elections was indicted by a grand jury Friday in connection with that attempt.
Man in the moon: Oxford astronomy professor Jim Honeycutt visited the AP physics class at Newton High School Tuesday with microscopic samples of lunar rock and soil. He gave a short presentation about lunar features as well as basic information about meteors, asteroids and comets. The International Astronomical Union has declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy.
The prolonged economic recession is hitting Covington hard and many families can't afford to feed themselves on a daily basis. That's why Tom Rea and other members of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal began the "Sack Lunch Saturday" program in February.
A bar-hopping woman was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly striking a parked vehicle as she left one bar and headed to another.