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Commissioners meet with mosque group

Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Social Circle police investigate local shooting

A man was shot inside of Sycamore Grill in Social Circle early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle Police Department.

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


No recommendations from county on ordinances so far

Staff is still reviewing Newton County's ordinances less than two weeks after a five-week moratorium was placed on permits for places of worship.

August 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Mosque debate heats up

The spotlight was Newton County, shining brightly both nationally and from within as the county, its residents and its officials reacted to news that a ...

August 27, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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


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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


GPC symposium to host week of events

Students at Georgia Perimeter College Newton will soon spend four days taking an intense look in the mirror - not to comb their hair or put on makeup, but to reflect on their lives. All events are free and open to the public.

October 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Some items recovered from church burglaries

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office recovered some of the items stolen from one church after thieves found it was better to receive than give as they reportedly burglarized two churches in Newton County over the weekend.

October 23, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Debate fact check: Flunking geography

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of an occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story.

October 23, 2012 | CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman’s truck stolen from Kroger

A Covington woman told police that someone drove off in her truck on Thursday afternoon when she went into the store.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Covington postmaster gets to work

Deborah Kinsey graduated from Morris Brown College in 1983 with a teaching degree.

October 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County approves bid for resurfacing

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday approved a low bid contract with ER Snell Contractor for $492,392.96 for the resurfacing of Kirkland Road.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Sentencing scheduled for two in murder trial

The sentencing date for two of the four accused in the 2009 murder of landscaper Timothy Clements has been set for Nov. 1, just over two months since the alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, received the death penalty for his role in the murder.

October 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County moves forward with 2050 plan

The 2050 Plan is moving forward, as both the Newton County Board of Commissioners and Covington City Council unanimously approved last week spending $50,000 each to develop and implement zoning ordinances that will put teeth into the future land use plan.

October 20, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Explorers receive excellence award

The Newton County Sheriff's Office Explorers recently received the 2012 National Explorers Excellence Award from Boy Scouts of America after exceeding specific objectives in order to obtain the award.

October 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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