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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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Change the World Event

Residents gathered Saturday in hopes of changing the world and having a good time with family and friends.

October 13, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Dressing up for a cause

You don't have to look far. She's in your church, scout troop and neighborhood. Afraid to upset him again, she's always rushing home. Skilled in explaining away mysterious bruises, she avoids your questions. You hope that your suspicions are wrong. You haven't known what to do.

October 13, 2012 | Lisa Hetzel | LOCAL


Top 5 Halloween costumes for kids

Walking into a Halloween store or even the grocery store is scary this time of year. There are costumes and candy and various levels of crap being peddled all over the place. As the mother of a 3½ year old, he wants it all, which is cool. I get wanting things. I always want things. But how do you manage that without a full out war in the middle of Kroger? It's all in the pitch.

October 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


40 years of teaching in Newton

Family and friends plan to celebrate a woman who has dedicated most of her life to teaching with a retirement party on Sunday afternoon.

Jani Roberts said she retired in July after teaching for 40 years in Newton County at two Christian schools.

October 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Newborn post office cuts

Despite contention from various residents in the small town of Newborn, hours at their post office will be cut. Though it is still unclear when this will happen, or what the new hours for Monday through Friday will be.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lifetime of achievement for Oxford icon

Pierce Cline's philanthropic spirit and passion for education are imprinted all across the campus of Oxford College.

October 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOE, Water Authority settle dispute

The Newton County Board of Education formally agreed Tuesday to settle its dispute with the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority over the payment of sewer tap fees at the new Newton High School, being built off Crowell Road.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Oct. 12

10-year-old student tries to give away weapon

October 11, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Top 10 creepiest children of all time

Horror movies have always been a favorite of mine. I remember watching black and white versions of Dracula on TNT with my Memaw as a child, and sneaking with my friends to watch Freddy Krueger terrorize the children of Elm Street. This time of year I break out the horror movies and have myself a little marathon.

October 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oak Hill leads the way for 4-H success

Eight years ago, Oak Hill Elementary 4-H clubs began winning their series of "School of the Year" trophies for 4-H work.

October 11, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BOE discusses charter school contract

The Newton County Board of Education won't vote on the requested renewal for Challenge Charter Academy until Oct. 16, but parents, teachers and students let their voices be heard at a called meeting Tuesday. And their common plea is for the board to renew their contract and let CCA continue.

October 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


One Day Sale on The Covington News!

One Day Sale! Subscribe to the Covington News for $48.00 a year and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 gas card! Offer is good until 5:00 pm today.

October 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Housing update, political forum Thurs.

The Newton County Home Builders Association wants to revitalize Newton County and come up with solutions to get it out of housing slump and back on a path to prosperity, so the association's Executive Officer Genevieve Compton is putting a new twist on the standard political forum.

October 09, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pumpkin patches abound

Eight-year-old Jake Branan said it best about this year's pumpkin displays.

October 09, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Middle school sisters practice leadership, service, speaking

"If you have a free Saturday, you don't have to sit around 'vegging' out in front of the TV or computer; you can be part of something special in our community," said Kacie Gartner, a Liberty Middle eighth grader.

October 09, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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