Construction is finally starting next week on the Covington Branch Library's leaky roof and could last for two months.
Spring Ministries, a new ministry aiming to help single parents in Newton, Jasper and Butts counties, is hosting a tea party and silent auction to raise money.
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.
CLOSINGS (this list is being constantly updated):
Newton County Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 29. Due to inclement weather all Newton County Schools will be closed, Sherri Davis-Viniard, NCSS Director of Public Relations said in a new release Tuesday. No employees should report.
Tonight's Newton County Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled because of the threat of inclement weather, according to Lynn Morgan Ervin, director of development services.
IN BRIEF: Ga. Hwy 138 in Conyers is closed from Old Salem Rd to Starbucks due to repair of a traffic light that was down since about 1 a.m. Crews are on the scene. Drivers that travel on 138 to get to work or school are advised to use alternate routes this morning.
With snowy conditions expected to reach Newton County Tuesday afternoon, the Newton County School System has decided on early dismissal.
The seed of an idea for an organic farm at Oxford College is beginning to take root. This spring, Oxford welcomes its first organic farmer, who will help transform a grassy field on Emory Street into a thriving, colorful patchwork of crops and a living laboratory for students.
A woman's money reportedly went missing after she had a new bed delivered to her home in the Silo's community.
The Newton Medical Center is used to handling emergencies, and will take on another one this week.
Newton County needs more shopping options. For local residents, that's an obvious statement, one they've been harping on for decades as Covington lost clothing stores and its lone movie theater and bowling alley.
Covington will host its Arbor Day celebration at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Covington Woman's Club, 1122 College St.
Tom Garrett will start as assistant county manager Monday, and he's looking forward to using his experience and education to serve the citizens and help the county run efficiently.
During the second week of the legislative session, the House focused its efforts on budget work as part of the emphasis on an expedited session. Initial, informational hearings on the state's finances, which normally don't start until the second week of the session, were completed last week. Thus the nitty-gritty of appropriations work was already underway, somewhat to the exclusion of other legislating. This allowed the House to compose and consider the first component of our budget work on Friday. This was the "little" budget, as the update to the current fiscal year budget is known.
Getting your young ones to branch out on their own is a tough thing to do, but it's part of human nature, and in fact all nature.
Porterdale police Lt. J. Cripps demonstrates K9 Nina's skills.
Update, 1:02 p.m.: Tom Garrett "enthusiastically accepted" the position of assistant county manager and has agreed to a salary of $82,316, according to County Attorney Tommy Craig. The salary must still be approved by the Board of Commissioners.