The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.
Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.
Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.
Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.
This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.
A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.
Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.
From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.
"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.
Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.
Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.
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Watch out for a detour on your drive home this afternoon at Monticello and Church streets. Work crews are searching for a gas leak there, forcing a slight detour.
Covington resident Heather Godemann and her son Avery pick strawberries at Mitcham Farm in Oxford on Wednesday.
The spring weather roller coaster continues today, with the National Weather Service calling for a 70 percent chance of strong to severe storms this afternoon in Newton County.
Newton County residents have two options in May to learn about gun safety, one with Covington Police and the other with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Covington's next fire chief will be John J. McNeil, who spent 28 years with the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department.
You can test out your vocabulary for a good cause on Saturday at the annual Scrabble-Fest fundraiser for Newton County READS.
A man told Covington police he snatched a shotgun from a would-be bandit, early Sunday, then hit the gunman several times in the face and nose.
MARIETTA, - Cobb County Police say a motorcyclist was killed after he fled police at speeds up to 130 mph.
Small towns are full of talk. Gossip and rumor, sure, but also talk about family, God and politics.
DECATUR, Ga. - School officials say an argument between two students led to a stabbing on Monday at Southwest DeKalb High School east of Atlanta.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a 17-year-old student was taken to Atlanta Medical Center after the Monday afternoon stabbing.
ATLANTA The Georgia Board of Regents is set to raise tuition during its monthly meeting.
LOGANVILLE - The city council has decided to put the issue of Sunday alcohol sales on the November ballot.
The Georgia Department of Labor today reported that the number of jobs available in the state increased in March for a second consecutive month while the jobless rate for the month fell .2 percent to 10 percent.
Two teens have been charged with arson after reportedly setting a wooded area afire across from Challenge Charter Academy on Wednesday.
ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities in Athens say two football players from Carver High School in Columbus and an unidentified juvenile have been charged in connection with thefts from the University of Georgia football locker room.
The Magistrate's Court in Athens said 18-year-old Deion Bonner and 17-year-old Marquise T. Hawkins were charged Monday with theft by taking. Authorities identified the third person arrested only as being younger than 17.