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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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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 26, 2012 | Kathy Hooks | LOCAL


Newton County's Shining Educator

The auditorium burst into applause as East Newton fourth grade teacher Julie Thompson was named Newton County School System's 2013 Teacher of the Year; however, as in years past, Thompson accepted the award on behalf of not only herself, but her family, friends, co-workers and students.

"You are the reason I do what I do and that I love what I do," she said to her students, cheering from the audience. "These students make it a pleasure to come to work every day."

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton jobless rate back under 10 %

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Newton County declined to 9.6 percent in September, down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in August. The rate was 12 percent in September 2011.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Educators remember girl killed by car

The child killed on Ga. Highway 81 Wednesday morning has been identified as 12-year-old Lynneah Browning, and while many are working to come to grips with the tragedy, the Georgia State Patrol is working to figure out why the child was walking along the road.

October 25, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Downtown preps for courthouse lighting

From writing competitions to shining individuals and organizations, Main Street Covington invites the community to participate in several events in its preparations for the Lighting of the Courthouse event to be held on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.

October 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Still unclear if city probation co. took $

The city of Covington will put policy changes in place after receiving results from an audit performed on the former probation services company at an Oct. 15 council meeting. However, there is still no clear answer as to if funds were mishandled by the previous company.

October 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime: Man shoplifts, gets away on bike

Covington police responded to the Raceway located on U.S. Highway 278 after receiving a call about shoplifting on Wednesday around 9 p.m. Dispatch informed police that three black men left the store traveling toward Old Atlanta Highway riding bicycles, after one of the males reportedly stole from the store.

October 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Child killed on Ga. Hwy. 81 identified

UPDATE: The female killed on Ga. Highway 81 has been identified as 12-year-old Lynneah Browning of Covington.

October 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Music to uplift victims

Mack McKibben loves music of all kinds, but nothing beats getting a whole bunch of guys together and putting on a show.

October 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Home Depot worker helps friends steal

A Home Depot employee faces charges of theft by deception after she reportedly admitted to letting customers leave the store without paying for all of their merchandise.

October 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mansfield power fight to appeals court

The city of Mansfield continues to fight efforts to place a new transmission power line through the city and is taking its case to the Georgia Court of Appeals after a superior court judge ruled against the city.

October 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County 4-H roundup

Every time I say we're in our busiest part of the year, an even busier month comes along.

October 23, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


International lessons

"For the whole conduct of life is based on this: that what we admire in others we want to do ourselves."

October 23, 2012 | Superintendent Gary Mathews | LOCAL


Scout molester once found in Newton

Secret Boy Scout records released recently show that a scout leader currently serving a sentence for aggravated child molestation in Cobb County was found in a Newton County motel in 1973 with a teenager.

October 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Plan given for Georgia archives access

Amid state budget cuts, Gov. Nathan Deal and Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Thursday that the State Archives will remain open to Georgians - at least for the rest of the budget year.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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