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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


Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders ...

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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Continuance requested in child exploitation case

An attorney for Andrew Patrick Harper, charged with 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, has asked for a continuance in the case, which was on the trial calendar for Newton County Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson during the week of Oct. 8.

The charges against Harper, 22, stem from his April, 2011 arrest.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman sets woods on fire

A local woman charged with setting the woods on fire near City Pond and Alcovy Road was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Alecia Charlette Jackson, 28, was charged at the beginning of the year with arson of lands in the third degree, a felony.

October 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2012 Newton County Mutt Show

Dozens of puppies and dogs came out Saturday morning to strut their stuff for the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

The show, hosted on the Covington square, began at 10 a.m. and featured five different categories: Face Only a Mother Can Love, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Dressed, and Best Trick. First, second, and third place ribbons were awarded in each category.

October 06, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Conyers cracks down on local spa

Two people were recently charged under Conyers' new regulations on spa businesses, the first such charges after the city began cracking down massage parlors.

October 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Help keep our ‘Rivers Alive’

Update: Laurie Riley, executive director of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, said the staging area for the "Rivers Alive" event has changed.

October 05, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Lane closures begin Oct. 9

Georgia DOT maintenance crews have scheduled to continue tractor mowing on Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36 and have scheduled to continue roadway ditch maintenance requiring a single lane closure on Ga. Highway 12, Ga. Highway 142 and Ga. Highway 162 in Newton County. This work is tentatively scheduled daily between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Flagmen may be used for this work. Motorists are asked to use caution, reduce their speed and be alert to changing traffic conditions.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen seeks help for lap throw nonprofit

Around this time last year, Miranda Brunn, a 12-year-old from Oak Hill, decided to start her very own nonprofit organization with help from her mother, Colette Brunn.

October 04, 2012 | By Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Strut your mutt Saturday

Tomorrow, Oct. 6, mutts from around the county are invited to participate in the Humane Society's annual Newton County Mutt Show fundraiser.

It will be hosted on the Covington square.

October 04, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox ‘Ride for the Troops’

What started out as a way for Virginia Pearson to help her daughter cope with what she calls 'deployment blues' turned into a true calling. Now in its eighth year, Operation Sandbox is still working hard to make sure that those serving their country have everything they need to make their lives more bearable during active duty.

October 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County tables $21M loan for Bear Creek

The Newton County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday tabled a resolution that would enter into an agreement with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for $21 million in financing for the planned Bear Creek Reservoir.

October 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Trial for teen charged with incest, rape

The trial of Vichai Lee, the 19 year old who is charged with rape, child molestation, enticing a child for indecent purposes and incest, is set to begin the week of Oct. 8.

October 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4 accused murderes to have hearings

The four young men charged with the death of 59-year-old Fred Layne Beeler are in court today for motion statuses in their cases.

October 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office to open Salem Rd. annex

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will soon have a presence on the west side of the county with an annex substation.

October 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Last day to register to vote Oct. 9

Georgians have only three more days to register to vote if they want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

October 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime: Traffic stop leads to cocaine find

A Covington man was arrested for cocaine and marijuana possession Wednesday after an officer pulled him over for failure to maintain lane, according to reports.

October 04, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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