Television fans will descend on Covington this weekend as a showing of the premier of the final season for The Vampire Diaries on Friday, Oct. 21 and the Heat Gathering 2016 for In the Heat of the Night Saturday, Oct. 22.
At the Covington-Newton County 911 Center there are five monitors and three keyboards at each station. Each 9-1-1 Call Center dispatch operators monitors the calls that come in, track them if it's made from a cell phone and contact the appropriate emergency response service.
Literacy is one of the primary skills needed to graduate high school, earn a college degree or land a decent job, yet, according to Newton County Reads, 90 percent of area employers report they cannot find qualified employees, and 56 percent say it's due to a lack of basic education.
A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about the need for change during a Town Hall meeting on underage drinking. Around 55 people were in attendance, and each person brought their individual experience and knowledge to the discussion table. Information was shared with the participants regarding the effects of underage drinking on the adolescent brain, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, statistics on alcohol-impaired collisions in Newton County and student-reported statistics on current underage drinking trends in Newton County (from the Georgia DOE's "Georgia Student ...
Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I felt instantaneously at home." He reached out, was welcomed, and supported by community leaders and people throughout the Newton Campus service region, which includes Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. However, nine months later GPTC and Jones have parted ways. Jones indicated that although the service region and he were a great fit for one another; the GPTC administrative structure and he were not. His last day as campus dean was Sept. 21, 2016.