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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


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


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


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


Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders ...

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Woman name drops to avoid arrest

Deputies rushed to Ga. Highway 162 Wednesday, after a prison guard in charge of inmate workers called about a woman screaming that someone was going to kill her and a man with a shotgun.

November 08, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Love, passion art

This story can be told from two different perspectives, but in either case, it's about love and passion. It's a story about a woman whose passion is rescuing dogs and cats founded abandoned, neglected, abused or hurt, then giving them a safe and secure life. It's a story about how she turned the hunter she married into a passionate advocate for abused and neglected pets, as well. And it's a story about the unique gift he commissioned to commemorate the passion they share. "...Just because I love her," he said.

November 08, 2012 | Barbara Morgan | LOCAL


Obamacare overhaul turns into a sprint

WASHINGTON (AP) - Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage.

November 08, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | LOCAL


Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 12

Veterans Day may fall on a Sunday this year, but that doesn't mean that the annual remembrance ceremony on the square will be canceled; the ceremony will be held on the next day, Nov. 12, instead.

Beginning on the square at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be a speech by keynote speaker Doug Gilreath, senior pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church. The Marine Junior ROTC will be posting colors.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pros, cons of filming “Vampire Diaries”

Covington City Council members agreed to form a committee at their next meeting that would address filming issues in neighborhoods after several residents and businesses discussed the pros and cons of having "The Vampire Diaries" film in Covington.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that he would like them to bring in suggestions of who should serve on a committee that would primarily focus on setting guidelines for filming crews in the city. Johnston said he would like the committee to consist of residents, business owners and representatives from Bonanza Productions, which films "The Vampire Diaries."

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


City to add sidewalk to Carlton Trail

Covington City Council unanimously approved at their meeting Monday to amend their 2012-2013 fiscal year budget to add a sidewalk on Carlton Trail, after citizens voiced their concerns about adding the sidewalk for what some council members say has been more than 10 years.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Elderly man holds teens at gunpoint

A man, 77, was arrested and charged after reportedly holding two teens at gunpoint and getting into a physical altercation with one of the teen's mothers Saturday evening.

November 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Fruit stand burglarized

Money and meat were reportedly stolen from Covington's well-known fruit stand over the weekend.

November 06, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Rain on election day

Election Day is off to a rainy start, but for those planning to vote later in the day, rain is expected to largely clear up by around 1 p.m., according to The Weather Channel, while The National Weather service said occasional rain could continue until 3 p.m.

November 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


Voting advice from the secretary of state

Polling precincts across Georgia will be open to voters from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 for presidential election and statewide and local electons. Individuals can verify their polling location by visiting the Secretary of State's My Voter Page - www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

November 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall back: Set clocks back an hour

It's finally time to reclaim that hour of sleep you lost last spring.

November 03, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


More details on high progress schools

Several administrators responded to recently being named as Reward Schools by the Georgia Department of Education's new four-part list created as a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


3 in Clement's trial take plea deals

Bringing to end the case that started in June 2009 when 53-year-old Tim Clements was murdered, the remaining three charged in his death all took plea deals.

November 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pierce Cline dies Sat. morning

Community pillar Pierce Cline died Saturday morning at the age of 85.

November 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


History opens its doors

The home formerly known as Whitehall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will now serve as a bed and breakfast and event facility in Covington.

November 03, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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