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US 278 resurfacing resumes Sunday

The $1.27 million resurfacing of US 278/State Route (SR) 12 from Access Road to Mill Street resumes Sunday at 5 p.m. Planned ...

August 24, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Alcovy softball loses third straight game

The Alcovy High School softball team is now 0-3 this season after dropping Tuesday's game against Region 3-AAAAAA opponent Evans High School. An error-filled ...

August 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Alcovy

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

Three arrested for Chevron robbery

Three people have been arrested in connection to the armed robbery that occurred at the Almon Road Chevron on Saturday, according to the Newton County ...

August 22, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | 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 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | 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

Cultivating a culture of respect

As the chaplain at Oxford College, I talk a lot about respect. The reasons for this are layered. I was lucky enough to be shown ...

August 21, 2016 | Lyn Pace | RELIGION

The Answer for these Uncertain Times

According to Wikipedia there are roughly 4,200 recognized religions in the world. Out of those 4,200 religions, you have approximately 2.2 billion ...

August 21, 2016 | Andy Butts | RELIGION

Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a ...

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL

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Trees down, outages as storms rake US

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible tornadoes tore across several states in the South and central U.S. on Wednesday, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes.

January 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Updates with tornado watch issued for 9 counties in northwest Georgia.

ATLANTA (AP) - Forecasters say a storm system approaching Georgia will bring the threat of widespread damaging winds and isolated tornadoes to the state.

January 30, 2013 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Two shot at party in The Silos

Two people were shot early Sunday morning when more than 30 rounds were fired at a home where an adult birthday was being held in The Silos off Brown Bridge Road.

January 29, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

GSP cites bus driver in crash

The school bus driver found at fault for the accident that sent dozens of Newton County Elementary students to hospitals last week has been cited by the Georgia State Patrol for following too closely.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Pets of the Week - Jan. 30

Checkers - I'm an adorably rotund adult male, orange bobtail and I love to sleep. Please come rescue me today!

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | Pets of the Week

Open seat an opportunity

In general, we sincerely appreciate the citizens who choose to run for public office, because the push and pull of public and private interests is relentless.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

In need of speedy repair

A frequently traveled bridge on one of the county's main corridors needs to be repaired in less than 90 days or else it would be downgraded by the state, a move that would reroute and disrupt school bus and truck traffic. However, county officials say the fix is a simple one that can be completed quickly.

January 29, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

Inmate assaults detention deputy

A detention deputy at the Newton County Jail was injured Saturday evening after an inmate allegedly assaulted him.

January 29, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Southern Heartland art gallery to host its annual Monte Carlo casino event

The Southern Heartland's visual art center is holding its annual fundraiser, Monte Carlo for the Arts on Feb. 9.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Local UGA student gets prized internship

The University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has named Caroline Meadors, a native of Newton County, a Yarbrough-Grady intern for spring 2013.

January 29, 2013 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

NCSS to host county spelling bee

The Newton County School System will host the 2013 system spelling bee on Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Newton High School. Each of the system's elementary and middle schools will send its school spelling bee champion to participate in the county competition. Students in grades four through eight were eligible to participate in the school competitions. In addition to the champion, each school will send its runner up in the school spelling bee as an alternate in the event the school champion is unable to participate.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | Education

Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 30

Zachary Taylor Mote, 18, 135 Alcovy Circle, Covington, Jan. 9. Failure to appear.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | Newton County Jail Log

Crime Briefs - Jan. 30

Teen struck in the head with brick

January 29, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Pamela Carithers

Mrs. Pam Carithers, 52, of Covington, passed away Jan. 26 at Newton Medical Center. She was born in Cynthiana, Ky., in 1960. She was the owner and operator of Pam Taxi in Covington. She was also of the Christian faith and a member of Trinity Praise Center.

January 29, 2013 | Staff Report | OBITUARIES

Citizens to aid education SPLOST

The Newton County School System has named two long-time education volunteers as the chairs for the upcoming education SPLOST IV referendum, scheduled for March 19.

January 29, 2013 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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