If you find the debate over HB 170, Georgia's transportation bill, confusing, you are not alone. For one thing, it keeps changing, and will likely undergo more changes in the state Senate. As federal funds for state transportation decrease over time, Georgia will have to get creative to find money for its transportation infrastructure, which is vital to the safety of its citizens and the growth of its economy.
Our sister paper, The Gainesville Times, sat one-on-one with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. See his takes on the issue in Friday's The Covington News Digital Edition by clicking here.
Saturday morning, the Newton County Republican Party was divided by yellow caution tape, but by evening, they had formed two separate, rival groups, both claiming to represent the GOP.
Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 28 at Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, rain or shine.
Navin Shah, the city of Covington and the Newton County Office of Economic Development announced Thursday a new Holiday Inn Express and Suites will be coming to Covington.
Newton County's Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight, Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse, to discuss a proposed settlement that would privatize operations of the landfill. Read up on the issue here, here, and here. A copy of the full text of the proposal can be found on the county's website here.
County Manager Tom Garrett presented an overview Tuesday night of the county's General Fund finances in preparation for the 2016 budget.
Mike Hopkins had given up on bringing his family back from Colorado to Covington this year, but a new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate Tuesday would effectively legalize cannabis oil on a federal level, removing a major barrier to getting his daughter, Michala, the treatment she needs in Georgia.
Kelsey's Law, which was inspired by the story of a brave Oxford girl, passed unanimously in the state House Wednesday.
Georgia House of Representative Dave Belton, R-Buckhead, made an appearance at the Newton County School Board meeting Tuesday night to discuss a slew of legislation that will affect the Newton County School System.
Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal visited Oak Hill Elementary School Wednesday morning as part of the Read Across Georgia Month, a campaign that supports increased childhood literacy in the state.
Virginia Tinsley, head of the North Georgia Methodist Homeless Council has known Rev. Clara Lett, and her good work operating the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless and Transitional Housing Center in Newton County since 2001. Rev. Lett's church and the Porter Memorial United Methodist Church in Porterdale worked together to support this ministry in Porterdale. It was moved to Covington after the Covington Housing Authority purchased three buildings at Turner Lake Circle in Covington in 2007.
Coming up, in the March 11 Wednesday Digital Edition: We catch up with the founding fathers of Conyers' World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade and hear how this beloved tradition started and how their spirit of irreverence endures; What parents should know about the world of social media, phone apps, texting and chatting when it comes to keeping kids safe from online predators. Also, Publisher Pat Cavanaugh interviews a special guest, Publisher T. Pat Cavanaugh. Click here on Wednesday to read more.
A local man who believed he was meeting a 14-year-old female at a local gas station for a sexual encounter was instead met and arrested by RCSO investigators last week.
A fight over a buggy at the Dollar Tree led to an arrest Friday evening.
The young Newton County duo Samuel & Caleb look like they're starting to fall into a rhythm.
The McDonald's restaurant on Salem Road at Brown Bridge Road was closed by state health officials for one day Tuesday after failing two routine inspections this year.
Every year local law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County during the Shop with a Cop program. The event raises not only awareness but holiday cheer as law enforcement join the children at a local discount store to make Christmas dreams come true.
In a year where nonprofits struggle harder than ever to meet the increasing economic need of residents, the Covington-Newton County United Way met its fundraising goal for 2011 a few weeks early.
Miranda Brunn, 11, a regular volunteer at the Covington Manor Nursing Home, decided to go an extra step this year to help the elderly. The Oak Hill fifth grader decided to give all 73 residents of the nursing home a lap throw for Christmas. She started Throws of Love, a nonprofit organization, and sought donations through the community in order to provide a gift to all the residents. Miranda dressed as an elf (with her mother as Santa Claus) and delivered the throws. Her goal is to expand the nonprofit to include more nursing homes next year.
The giant reindeer are already out at The Oaks Golf Course, but Santa, roasted marshmallows and Christmas lights will ring in the season Friday.
A 55-year-old man has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of children.
A fight between father and son ended with the son in jail after deputies reportedly saw him with a machete aimed at his father.
US Rep. Hank Johnson has expressed his distain for a bill allowing companies like Netflix to share customers' movie selections on Facebook.
Police responding to an accusation of child abuse weren't able to substantiate that accusation but did arrest the child's mother on outstanding warrants.
Deputies were called to a home on Hardman Street in Mansfield in reference to a family fight Sunday afternoon.
The annual production of "The Nutcracker" is a tradition for so many in Newton County, but it doesn't come cheap. Thanks to one girl's entrepreneurial spirit, and the junior ballet company's hard work, this year some of the older costumes have been replaced at a cost of about $1,100.
Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson was the lone elected official to oppose proposed redistricting maps at Tuesday's public hearing, and he will be given the chance to draw a map he agrees with despite fellow officials saying he's already had several chances.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the US Air Force secretly dumped the cremated remains of over 274 US troops in a landfill up until 2008. The procedure was never authorized or disclosed to senior Pentagon officials. The procedure was also never disclosed to the families of the troops, who had given the military permission to dispose of remains in a respectful and dignified manner.