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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


One bad decision changed and is changing lives

The hundreds of teens gathered outside on a hot and muggy night weren't checking their phones. They didn't talk over each other to ...

August 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


2017 SPLOST discussions underway

The process for a possible vote on the 2017 SPLOST is under way.

August 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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Newton's form of government passes in both chambers

Newton County's enabling legislation has been passed by the state legislature.

March 24, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Information kiosk added on Eastside Trail

Walkers, joggers and cyclists will be able to find out information concerning the Eastside Trail and surrounding area without missing a beat.

March 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington to turn Square traffic lights off to help traffic

The city of Covington is going to try something new in order to help alleviate traffic going through the Covington Square.

March 23, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Covington grants Ashton Hills permission to shoot geese

A small group of hunters will be removing geese from Ashton Hills Golf Course soon, after the Covington City Council approved the use of a permit Monday to shoot the animals.

March 22, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


BOC approves bill for charter legislation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Senate Bill 423 in a special called meeting Monday night. The board's decision paved the way for Newton County's charter to be signed by Governor Nathan Deal.

March 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Irish Bred to open in April

The face of the Covington Square has changed after a balcony was constructed on the Irish Bred Pub last week.

March 20, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Attempted utilities scam made to Scoops, Blimpie’s

Blimpie's Restaurant and Scoops Gourmet Coffee & Sweet Treats in Covington contacted the Covington Police Department (CPD) concerning two separate attempted scams of the businesses Sunday.

March 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Final member of solid waste authority named

Newton County's reactivated solid waste management authority's board of directors is set.

March 19, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


State House makes changes to Newton’s proposed charter

Newton County's enabling act, which determines the form of government and how the county is run, passed through the State Senate on March 11 and through the State House as a substitute act on Wednesday.

March 17, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County hires fire chief

Newton County hired its Chief of Fire Services with a unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

March 16, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Federal Emergency money granted to Newton County

Newton County could receive $3.1 million dollars from the federal government after receiving a presidential disaster declaration following heavy rains.

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Robert Nash spent 40 years with Newton County

In January of 1976 Robert Nash started work in the Newton County department of public works. He operated a tractor that was pulled behind a motor grader to smooth out and pave the county's roads.

March 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Newton County's 2016 election candidates

Qualifying for the 2016 election ended Friday, and all but four local races will be contested.

March 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Betty Jackson Hilliard

Betty Jackson Hilliard, 84, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016. Mrs. Hilliard was born in Sandersville to the late Ernest and Annie Jackson. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Lee Hilliard, Sr., and son Billy Lee Hilliard, Jr. Betty is survived by her daughter and son in law Vicky and John Fowler of Newborn; son Craig Hilliard of Covington; Nieces Jean Jackson and Kathy Jackson of Sandersville; nephew Ken Jackson of Sandersville; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

March 11, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | OBITUARIES


Newton Fund gives out $15,000 in grants

Three Newton County non-profit organizations were presented grants of $5,000 each by the Newton Fund at the Georgia Wildlife Federation building on Hazelbrand Road during Wednesday's Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce's lunch link.

March 09, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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