Governor Nathan Deal and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black hosted the annual Ag Day at the Freight Depot on Tuesday. Ag Day is the kickoff for National Agriculture Week and provides an opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the state's largest industry. Agriculture contributes $76.9 billion annually to the state's economy. The event once again proved to be a great success bringing hundreds of participants from all over the state. Visitors sampled various Georgia grown products while learning about the state's largest industry.
Last week, by a vote of 164-3, the House overwhelmingly passed SB 213, or the Flint River Drought Protection Act. The bill was amended in the House of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday to strengthen the original intent of the legislation.
A new event is starting up at Gaither's Planation in a few weeks, and the organizer hopes it will become an annual rite of Spring.
The Covington Fire Department is expanding its community outreach with an Explorer Program, open to young men and women 15-20 interested in the Fire/Medical fields as a career.
After receiving a burglary call on Hwy. 162 South, Newton County Sheriff's deputies reported a man had been shot in the back.
The House and Senate agreed to the conference committee's report on HB 744 – the FY 2015 budget on Tuesday. Of particular interest, funding was restored to Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission as well as leaving GSWCC as a stand-alone agency. GSWCC Executive Director Brent Dykes said, "The Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission appreciates GA Farm Bureau's strong support of conservation during the 2014 Legislative Session. GFB has been a great partner. The state's 40 conservation districts remain committed to protecting and improving our natural resources". This was a GFB priority issue and one in which ...
The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.
For 4-H members in the seventh through 12th grades, project work begins on Jan. 1 of the previous year.
My husband, Mike and I went to the DAP Theatre's performance of Lamar Townley's "Clueless in Covington" February 15th and were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of performance in Covington! This troupe was amazing. Casting was hysterical, especially if you personally know the people. We happen to know "Ms. Harlot"! (not pictured) The other actors portrayed in this spoof are: Professor Greengenes, Mrs. Pricilla Cock, Rev. Black, Captain Cat Chupp, Professor Pemberton Pinkney, Ms. White and Mr. White. The production is based on the popular game of CLUE. This murder-mystery engages the audience to participate by voting "Whodunit ...
The Covington YMCA is preparing for the 13th Annual Covington Cheerios Challenge on Saturday, April 19th, which will include a 10K/ 5K Road Race, 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and new this year, a Tot Trot for children 5 and under.
Four more "johns" were busted in an undercover prostitution sting operation by Conyers Police Tuesday.
After assisting with a locked vehicle Tuesday, Covington Police officers noticed the car parked next to their vehicle showed a no insurance/registration suspended alert on their license plate reader.
Some of Thomas' Country Buffet servers have been working at the repurposed train depot for several years and they think of their customers as family, but the business is on the verge of closing down in the aftermath of a failed health inspection.
Newton County firefighters came together as a family last Saturday, spending a day fishing to raise money for the son of their fallen brother.
Despite impassioned pleas by a prospective business owner, the Newton County Board of Commissioners refused to grant an exemption to the strict Salem Overlay zoning standards the board placed on the Salem Road corridor and surrounding area in early 2013.
Newton Medical Center employee Brooke Williams would have been stuck in her car, with the hood mangled like a metallic tumbleweed, the side collapsed in like a crushed can, and the vehicle's make and model unrecognizable, if it weren't for the concern and actions of her fellow nurses.
R.L. Cousins may no longer house high school students, but the high school's spirit lives on, with its alumni educating Newton County on its history and handing out scholarships so a new generation of students can have an easier time receiving a college education.
A water main break in the Oak Hill/Livingston area left Livingston Elementary School without water for a few hours Tuesday.
Another retail business could be coming to Covington's Ga. Highway 142 commercial corridor.
A man who reportedly gave a friend from his neighborhood a ride said he was robbed at gunpoint by that same friend and four other males Monday night.
Covington officials want their iconic square park to be used even more frequently in 2014 and are planning to add some new touches.
The third week of the legislative session saw the House turn, at least partially, to non-appropriations committee work. Work on the Fiscal 2015 budget will be ongoing, but at a more measured pace.
ive branches of the military are officially recognized: Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. This journalist, though, believes that two other factions should be commended: the Merchant Marines and the Home Front.
As seniors talk about college applications and acceptances, I can't help but think back.
A woman reportedly walked out her home to find bullet holes in her residence last week.
Gannon Chase Whitehead, 37, Montgomery State Prison, Mount Vernon, Jan. 23. Back for court.
Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.
While two teams battle for the ultimate prize in football today, next Sunday will see Covington and Newton County honor true fighters, those who literally battle death.
You've shared your thoughts about Newton County's lack of shopping and dining options for years with friends and on Facebook, but now is your chance to finally tell someone who can do something about it.
Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.