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Fazio: Farewell to ‘The News’

A community newspaper really is a great thing. It's the pulse of a town; it is a measure of growth and change; it's ...

January 02, 2017 | Bryan Fazio | Columnists


Porterdale property rezoned for Waffle House

A piece of property off Covington Bypass Road in Porterdale, across from the Burger King, was rezoned Thursday night in preparation to become a Waffle ...

December 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Community members help give bicycles to 80 children

Eighty children got a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who dropped off a present for each and every one of the young Newton ...

December 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Rotary Club fills Empty Stockings

The Rotary Club of Covington delivered presents to around 500 Newton County children Saturday as part of its annual Empty Stocking event.

December 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oh Come Ye Covington tradition

For 25 years Mack McKibben has been working on bringing an idea to life. He has tinkered, toiled and tried out different elements.

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Hands behind shelter gather for celebration

The Rainbow Community Center opened June 16, 1996 as a summer camp for underprivileged children. In 2001, Pastor Clara Lett launched The Garden of Gethsemane ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Library, janitorial contract funding approved

The Newton County Library was granted $27,000 by the Board of Commissioners (BOC) Tuesday night after library officials said the system could lose its ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission used director’s company to conduct camps

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors supported Director Anthony Avery this week and took no actions against his employment after reviewing a ...

December 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County


Forensic audit stirs reactions

The FBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation or Newton County District Attorney have not released any findings from a forensic audit of Newton County operations conducted ...

December 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County


BOC Summary: 162 proposed to honor Deputy Justin White

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) honored Deputy Justin White Tuesday evening by requesting the local legislative delegation to have a portion of Georgia ...

December 07, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County


Recreation Commission finds ‘no illegal or dishonest behavior’

The Newton County Recreation Commission's board of directors did not make any personnel changes stemming from a recent forensic audit released by Frazier and ...

December 05, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | County


Forensic Audit: Actions ‘caused financial harm and damage to the taxpayers of Newton County’

Eds Note: To read more on the forensic accounting report click for a report on the Bear Creek Reservoir project, here; read about the report ...

December 04, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sawyer: former attorney’s actions ‘detrimental to taxpayers’

On Oct. 18, 2015, the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted to bring a halt to the proposed Bear Creek Reservoir project, under way ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Accountant points to unapproved contracts at landfill

The landfill has been a financial burden on Newton County for years, especially since a leachate spill in 2015 caused millions of dollars in damage.

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County refutes Sawyer’s SPLOST claims

In David Sawyer's accounting analysis of Newton County's Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and Impact Fees funds, he reported that at ...

December 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Computer believed to be taken from homeless shelter

The Covington Police Department received a call of unlawful entry at the Rainbow Community Shelter on Turner Lake Circle after a witness saw three black males wearing hoodies crawl in a window Tuesday evening.

October 21, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington city council wrapup

Several roads will be closed throughout the city of Covington for Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31.

October 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Police department to get new weapons

The Covington Police Department will get new service weapons, both for primary use and backup weapons, after a unanimous vote by the Covington City Council Monday.

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County fire chief on unpaid leave

Update: According to Newton County Manager Harry Owens, Fire Services Chief Kevin O'Brien's administrative leave is unpaid.

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rotary shows off Cars of the Past

After having to postpone the 23rd edition of the Cars of the Past show, the Covington Rotary Club couldn't have asked for a nicer day for Sunday's show.

October 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Library board approves completion of HVAC replacement

The Newton County Library System's Board of Trustees has agreed to move forward with the second and final phase of the replacement of the Covington branch's HVAC system.

October 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hospital will continue running ambulance service

The celebration for Piedmont Healthcare's affiliation with Newton Medical Center continued during the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link Wednesday.

October 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County’s toughest topics discussed at retreat

The Newton County Board of Commissioners held a retreat at the Fire Services Administration Building Wednesday, discussing some of the most important topics facing the county.

October 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Goodyear blimp soars over Covington

No, there wasn't a big game being televised live nationally from Sharp Stadium Tuesday. But, yes that was the Goodyear Blimp flying over town.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man shoots gun at stepdaughter

Shots were fired after a fight between a woman and her stepfather began near Weat and Mill streets Monday evening.

October 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Johnston breaks tie against expanding stage

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston was the deciding vote not to expand the stage on the Square Monday night.

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A portrait of hope

Eighteen-year-old Lofton Wheeles was by his mother's side as cancer survivors, cancer patient care-givers, friends and family enjoyed the music of The Drive Time Band during the HOPE concert on the Covington Square, Sept. 27.

October 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton Medical becomes Piedmont Newton

Piedmont Healthcare is in Newton County.

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chamber president discusses year-long plans

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hopes to become a state wide leader in job creation, a retail hub for northeast Georgia, leverage its Hollywood of the South brand globally and become a leader in membership and business development, according to its president, Ralph Staffins.

October 01, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Guns stolen from Alcovy Pawn

Several shotguns and rifles were stolen from Alcovy Pawn and Jewelry before Sunday morning after making a hole in the wall from the church next door.

September 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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