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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


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


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Early detection key to surviving cancer

Breast cancer survivor Dianna Galloway said early detection was the key to fighting and surviving the illness, which she and her mother were diagnosed with.

The Newton County School System bus driver said 24 years ago, her mom Beverly Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer and she passed away. She said after her mom was diagnosed, she decided to start having screenings and mammograms done for herself.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


More than 2,900 students withdraw

Newton County School System had more than 2,900 students withdraw from the counties schools last year, 293 of which were considered dropouts, according to school reports.

The reports came after a request from Newton County Board of Education Chairman Eddie Johnson to NCSS officials.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Christian horseback riding club starts

Cottonwood Farm will kick off their new Christian riding club for children between third to eighth grade on Monday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $100 per month, along with other additional fees which will vary by individual students.

Kenneth and Teri Justice will teach classes with the help from Amy McKaughan, who is a trainer at Cottonwood.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


Sunbelt Ag Expo celebrates 35 years

Each year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo makes fall a festive time for farmers and their families in the Southeast. This year Expo, which will be held Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie, Ga., will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

"For the past 35 years, our farm show has provided farmers and their families with a glimpse of the newest available agricultural technology, all in one central location," said Expo Director Chip Blalock.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tractor show in Mansfield

Mansfield Masonic Lodge #489 will host the 2nd Annual Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL


GPTC gets ‘A’ on accreditation report

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has completed the 10-year review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for reaffirmation of its accreditation.

Years of preparation culminated in an on-site review by a team of visiting academic professionals from the southeastern region of the country.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fun fall one-tank trips

As the fall season approaches, residents are sure to experience candid events in other counties. Here is a list of what's going on this fall.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man charged with child molestation

A Newton County man has been charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, sodomy and incest, after the mother of a 15-year-old girl discovered him with her child.

September 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Inmate commits suicide

A 51-year-old Newton County inmate reportedly killed himself Wednesday evening.

September 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman to give kidney to man she's barely known

Vince Lowe is a sight. He's a big, burly biker, with a pieced septum, dozens of tattoos, a bald head and bright green fingernails.

September 27, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gaither’s Plantation to host ghost tours

The guided tours will lead residents through the historic Gaither's home, historic church, and log cabin on Oct. 26 and 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fall GPC graduates must wait to walk

Georgia Perimeter College students who were looking to graduate during a fall commencement ceremony in December will now have to wait until May 2013 to walk across the stage.

September 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - Sept. 28

$1,400 worth of electronics stolen from home

September 27, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Concert honors breast cancer survivors

Surviving breast cancer is a feat that should be celebrated; that's why Newton Medical Center is hosting an uplifting concert Sunday in honor of those survivors.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County jobless rate declines

Newton County's unemployment rate decreased from 10.6 percent in July to 10 percent in August, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor. This number is down from August of 2011 when the unemployment rate was 11.8.

September 27, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


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