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Articles By Author - Bryan Fazio


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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Fire Department T-shirts for a cause

The Covington Fire Department will be wearing special T-shirts for breast cancer awareness and selling them to the public for a good cause.

September 27, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


New 350-seat Irish Bred pub to open in 2016

Newton County's Director of Commercial Development Serra Hall stated it simply, "The Square is definitely changing."

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Months of deliberation ends in city retirement debate

Months after the initial discussion of changing a retirement provision in the city of Covington's Defined Benefit Plan was brought up by the Covington city Council, the provision has been officially amended.

September 24, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


What to do with downtown parking?

If Mystic Grill is any indication, the influx of people coming to Covington for lunch and dinner will increase with the opening of the Irish Bread and Your Pie restaurants in 2016.

September 23, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County files motion against Sam Hay

Newton County Attorney W.T. "Tommy" Craig and attorney Edward Tolley filed a response to Sam Hay's lawsuit against Newton County Monday, answering several allegations that the county did not answer open records requests and seeking legal fees from Hay.

September 22, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ireland, the South come together to Celebrate Jesus

Shiloh United Methodist Church Rev. Mike Wadley was looking out on the Almon Ballfield and saw a vision.

September 20, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | RELIGION


Covington shows off Legion Park

The green space on Mill Street, behind the Covington Family Y, has long been an area Newton County residents have gone to for a little respite and entertainment for years.

September 19, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Georgia celebrates BioScience Training Center

The focus of Baxalta's arrival to Newton County and the development of Stanton Springs has been the more than 1,000 jobs and direct economic impact of the immense project.

September 12, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale PD swears in Jajuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism will not hold me back."

September 06, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Rotary Club hears Piedmont plans

Vice Chairman of the Newton County Hospital Authority, Billy Fortson, told the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday that Piedmont Healthcare System was the only one of the nine organizations looked at to merge with Newton Medical Center that fulfilled all of the local hospital's requirements.

September 05, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


Municipal elections set for November

The mayors of Newton County will run unopposed in this year's municipal elections.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A.G. approves NMC's affiliation with Piedmont Healtchare

The Georgia Attorney General officially approved Newton Medical Center's affiliation with Piedmont Healthcare Friday.

September 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Board of Election Director retires

After nine years at Newton County, Donna Morrison is retiring as Board of Elections Director.

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Porterdale Police Department swears in JaJuan Shaw

In December of 2011 13-year-old Jajuan Shaw wrote a column that concluded with the sentence "God has blessed me with so much and my autism will not hold me back."

September 03, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Your Pie coming to Covington Square

Downtown Covington is putting a round pizza in a Square.

August 28, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | Business


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