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No recommendations from county on ordinances so far

Staff is still reviewing Newton County's ordinances less than two weeks after a five-week moratorium was placed on permits for places of worship.

August 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mosque debate heats up

The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a ...

August 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


No evidence of blackmail against Chair discovered in June

When Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis accused two commissioners of blackmail in a written statement earlier this week, he did so despite having been ...

August 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Chairman says commissioners “blackmailed” him

In a document submitted to The Covington News, on Tuesday, Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis said District 2 Commissioner Lanier Sims and District 5 ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County responds to CAIR letter on moratorium

In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County responds to CAIR letter on moratorium

In a letter to the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Newton County's attorney said the board of commissioners (BOC) acted ...

August 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Recreation Commission decisions stir up BOC

Levie Maddox, Newton County Commissioner, District 5, moved for a discussion to upgrade and modernize the bylaws of the Newton County Recreation Commission during the ...

August 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hundreds gather at courthouse to discuss mosque

Around 50 people spoke in front of the Newton County Board of Commissioners and hundreds of their fellow residents during a town hall meeting Monday ...

August 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Public hearing on mosque tonight

The Newton County Historic Courthouse will be the site of a public hearing on a proposed mosque on Hwy. 162 and County Line Road tonight.

August 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Islamic group asks Justice Department to review county’s actions

The U.S. Department of Justice has been alerted by the Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to a moratorium on permits ...

August 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

The possibility of a mosque coming to Newton County had citizens taking to social media and scrambling for answers, politicians looking into the county's ...

August 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed ...

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County discusses moving community centers under city of Covington

An attempt by some Newton County commissioners to move the operation of Washington Street and Nelson Heights community centers to the city of Covington during ...

August 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


NCSO forms Body Worn Camera standard operating procedure

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) became one of only three agencies in Georgia to receive a Department of Justice Body Worn Camera (BWC ...

August 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Neelys hope the sky’s the limit for Nitro 2 Go

When you walk in to Nitro 2 Go, liquor, wine and beer may be what you're shopping for but your attention will drift upward toward the airplanes hanging from the ceiling and drag racers displayed at different ends of the store.

April 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Brick Store Overlay gets approval from BOC

Newton County has a new overlay of ordinances as the Brick Store Overlay was approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

April 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Two men found drowned at Lake Varner

Two men died while fishing on Lake Varner, in what the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is calling a boating incident, Thursday evening.

April 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Conflicts shadow BOC’s meeting

The Newton County Historic Courthouse became a political hotbed, with racial and political undercurrents lying throughout the Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.

April 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Solid Waste Authority up and running

The Newton County Solid Waste Management Authority is up and running.

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Turner Lake pavilion named in honor of Rucker Ginn

The pavilion at Turner Lake Park will honor one of Newton County's most recognizable figures after a motion by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

April 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Bread and Butter earns award

Kelley Johnston, right, of Bread and Buttery Bakery received an award for the best product of a week-long class at the University of Georgia's Food Science Department.

April 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington native gets AP All-American honorable mention

Former Newton High School basketball standout Stephen Croone has been named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press for his efforts with the Furman Paladins.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Board of commissioner candidate forum to be held in courthouse

The six members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners make decisions that pave the way for almost everything that a resident of the county encounters or experiences while at, or near, their home.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016


Shrek The Musical comes to Newton

The story of Shrek, a beloved Ogre who falls for a princess, first brought to the big screen by Dreamworks, comes to life at Newton High School this coming weekend.

April 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LIVING


Chair candidate’s eligibility to be discussed

The Newton County Board of Elections will discuss the residency of Newton County Chair candidate Michael Syphoe at its next meeting on April 12.

April 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | ELECTION 2016


Newton Trails adds Norfolk Southern route

Almost 15 miles of trails are now available from Ga. Hwy. 81/Washington Street in Covington to Ziegler Road just west of Newborn after Norfolk Southern signed a lease agreement with Newton Trails.

April 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


County discusses current budget problems, future SPLOST projects

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) left their home county and spent a day talking business at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission in Athens Wednesday, going over a long list of topics.

April 02, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Man struggles with officers on I-20 on-ramp

After struggling with officers on the side of the on-ramp to I-20 off of Hwy. 142, a man was arrested for stealing hundreds of dollars' worth of groceries from the Walmart on Industrial Blvd. Tuesday.

March 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Douglas Hicks named dean of Oxford College of Emory University

Douglas Hicks will take over as dean of Oxford College of Emory University July 15.

March 29, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Oxford


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