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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


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


A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

August 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | 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


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City talks limits on night filming

As "The Vampire Diaries" prepped for major filming downtown, Covington City Council members discussed at their Monday meeting whether or not they should have time restrictions on filming in neighborhoods within the city limits.

Mayor Ronnie Johnston told the council that an agreement was made with Bonanza Productions, the company that films Vampire Diaries, that said if filming was going to be done in neighborhoods and residential areas after 11 p.m., the filming crews would first have to notify and get permission from all of the residents within a 500-square-foot radius.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A call to leadership for 10th and 11th graders

Do you know a sophomore or junior in high school who shows leadership potential?

October 16, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


$580 stolen from church preschool

Employees with a church preschool reported that a woman stole money and checks from their purses on Friday afternoon. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to Stewart Baptist Church Road to the preschool in reference to a theft just before 2:30 p.m.

October 16, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Railroad donates new box car to P'dale

A box car restroom for Yellow River Park is in the works for the city of Porterdale.

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Spires Interiors offers discount with donation

Spires Interiors & Gifts is hosting a promotion for the rest of the October in an effort to help the nearly bare Community Food Pantry, 7125 Turner Lake Circle SW, in Covington.

October 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Israeli officers visit Covington on US tour

The Covington Police Department is the first stop for high ranking police officials from Israel, hoping to enhance and expose them to the U.S. form of public safety and policy. For two weeks, they will be in Georgia, learning new ways to take on problematically tasks in Israel. During their stay, they will train and participate in several areas of law enforcement.

The program GILEE, (Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange) is behind their visit to the state, federal and international law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia. The CPD has been participating in this program since the early 90s, with former ...

October 16, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Mecca: Pilot sees first combat in days following D-Day

It's been an extraordinary journey for an Alabama boy to become the oldest active member of Mansfield United Methodist Church. Covington resident Frank Harris was born into the tiny farming community of Jamison, Ala. in 1923. His railroading father eventually moved the family to Birmingham where Harris attended school until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during his senior year. A Golden Gloves boxing champion, tough and ready to fight, he wanted to join the Marines, but a buddy talked Harris into signing up with the Army Air Corps.

Harris said with a grin, "I passed the written and physical ...

October 16, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Guru says county needs more housing

Newton County's housing market has hit rock bottom, but the future is bright.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local movie focuses on homelessness

Covington resident and local actor Travis Breedlove is using his talent for a good cause this holiday season by helping produce a movie to raise awareness and money for the neediest in Newton County.

October 13, 2012 | By Anastasia Graves | LOCAL


Chimney Park’s icon stable

The iconic chimney in Chimney Park was stabilized last week and is no longer in danger of falling down, thanks to $19,300 in donations from the Friends of Chimney Park nonprofit.

October 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Interim fire chief could be full-time soon

A temporary appointment may become a full-time position for the interim fire chief of Newton County Fire Service.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Miracle League to receive $100K grant

The city of Covington received a $100,000 grant for the Miracle League of Newton County. The grant will go towards purchasing artificial turf for the fields at the complex dedicated for the use of special needs children, which began construction on Sept. 17.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Obamacare pushes fewer readmissions

Hospitals all across the nation are seeking to reduce patient readmissions following the Oct. 1 implementation of an Obamacare regulation that penalizes hospitals for having high readmission rates due to complications within 30 days of being discharged.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Society

October 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Football parent charged after child acts unruly

A parent was arrested after he reportedly tried to discipline a 7-year-old boy at football practice on Thursday. Covington police responded to a call about child abuse at the Turner Lake complex around 1951 and spoke with a Newton Recreation employee.

October 13, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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