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Newton County mayors protest BOC’s moratorium

The mayors of the five municipalities in the county sent a letter Friday, Aug. 26, to the Newton County Chair and members of the Board ...

August 26, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Certification awarded to Social Circle’s fire chief

On Saturday, Aug. 13 Chief Ken Zaydel and Deputy Chief James Robinson of the Social Circle Fire Department joined 21 fellow chiefs in receiving the ...

August 26, 2016 | Staff Report | 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


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


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Local churches host fall events

This Saturday, Mansfield Baptist Church will host a run to benefit Operation Christmas Child, a nonprofit organization that provides under privileged children in other countries with Christmas gifts and offers to children the word of God.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Santa, smurfs to visit Stonecrest

Ring in the Christmas season with a visit to Santa Claus at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia. Santa's workshop will be located on the lower level of the mall outside Sears.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holbrook to replace McCollum as state wildlife president

The Georgia Wildlife Federation announced that Todd Holbrook, former Deputy Commissioner of Georgia's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), as its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2013.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Wells Fargo gives $2,000 to the arts

Wells Fargo has donated $2,000 dollars to the Arts Association in Newton County. This is the first time the company has donated to the Arts Association.

November 01, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Suspended student returns to school

A Newton County Theme School 8-year-old student is back in class, after being suspended last week for bringing to attention a BB gun he had inadvertently left in his book bag after a weekend with his grandfather.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man's body found in Baldwin County

A 30-year-old Covington man was found dead in Baldwin County early Wednesday morning and his death is being investigated as a homicide.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hurricane Sandy's aftermath

As most residents prepared their costumes for Halloween Wednesday, area volunteers gathered and prepared their disaster relief gear to travel hundreds of miles north to help Hurricane Sandy victims.

November 01, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


What happens to lost pit bulls?

At any given time, the Newton County Animal Control could have pit bulls make up as much as 90 percent of its furry occupants. Considered un-adoptable by animal control, does that mean that a huge population of these animals - both feared and coveted - has been given a death sentence? Not quite.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Students learn math with pumpkins

Second grade students at Fairview Elementary School learned how to count and do math with pumpkin seeds on Wednesday.

November 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Taste of Eastside coming

Helping out Eastside's athletic teams has never been as tasty as it will be Saturday.

November 01, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Woman robbed at Walmart

A Covington police officer and a 51-year-old Oxford woman are being treated for injuries sustained during a robbery at the Covington Walmart on Industrial Boulevard around 12:47 p.m. Wednesday.

November 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


How to survive a zombie attack in Newton

Tales of zombies may have originated in Haiti, but if TV has taught us anything, it's that a deadly disease can pass quickly, from the monkey in "Outbreak," people taking bath salts and "The Walking Dead," the threat of a destructive disease is real, and Covington needs to be prepared.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Zero tolerance policy by the handbook

One Newton County parent is incensed that her 8-year-old son has been suspended pending a tribunal for accidentally bringing a BB gun to school and turning it over to administrators when he realized his mistake, but according to zero tolerance policy and law, how the situation is handled is largely out of the hands of Newton County school officials.

October 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Daycare shooter pleads guilty

The man who shot his estranged wife and step-daughter outside a Rockdale County daycare last year will spend the next 50 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday.

October 30, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Women steal $500 in Kroger groceries

Covington police caught up with two women after they reportedly stole shopping carts full of groceries from Kroger and Walmart on Saturday.

October 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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