COVINGTON - Brick Store, one of the oldest buildings in the county, was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places.
COVINGTON - Sharp Learning Center could be the next school in the Newton County School System to require its students to wear uniforms on campus.
COVINGTON - City of Covington officials are considering participating in a newly formed fuel cooperative that could save local governments hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel costs.
CONYERS - Law enforcement officials painted a grim picture last week of gang life for youngsters at the Evening Reporting Center of Rockdale County's Juvenile Court.
Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith Newton County authorities gathered on the banks of Factory Shoals as they searched for a woman who apparently drowned Monday morning when she slipped into the rushing rapids at the park located off Ga. Highway 36. "The water is moving rapidly and up pretty high because of the recent rains," Newton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said. Members of the Newton County Dive Team braved the rapidly rushing water in an effort to locate the woman's body, which was was recovered late Monday afternoon. "They were able to get the body out of the water and the incident is under investigation to see what actually occurred," Mitchell said. He said the woman, described as being in her mid-30s, was with friends when she fell into the water about 11 a.m. At press time the name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. In addition to personnel from the sheriff's office and the dive team, members of the Newton County Fire Service, Newton County Emergency Management, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, emergency medical personnel and other emergency responders were at the scene.
COVINGTON - It's always tough to defend a region championship. It's even tougher to do it with an inexperienced team that's facing a juggernaut.
Soccer's second season starts for the local squads tonight with a pair of Class AAAA girls first-round playoff games.
The following food service establishment inspection reports were provided by the Environmental Health Division of the Rockdale County Health Department and the Newton County Health Department. Restaurants that score from 90 to 100 get a letter grade A; those that rate 80-89 get a B; a tally of 70-79 is a C; and below 70 is a U, or unacceptable. A restaurant scoring 70 or above is allowed to operate if there are no critical violations. If a facility is rated U on consecutive inspections, it must close and the owner must prove that it can be operated safely before reopening is allowed.
ATLANTA - There are nights when Josh Smith looks bored, makes silly plays, frustrates his coach and baffles his teammates.
ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Cardinals got help for a needy bullpen on Monday, acquiring right-hander Blaine Boyer from the Atlanta Braves for minor league outfielder Brian Barton.
BRASELTON - One stroke proved to be the difference between going to state and staying home as the Heritage boys golf team beat Loganville 336-337 to secure second place in the Region 8-AAAA tournament Monday at Chateau Elan.