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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


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Celebrate peace Friday

The community is invited to a peaceful event at the Covington Montessori School Friday.

September 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves tree service operation

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a tree service operation to start a business at 126 Larue Road, a street located on Ga. Highway 162, at their meeting Tuesday night.

Commissioners voted 3 to 2 on a proposal that modified the uses allowed on the site to include a tree service business, modified the site plan standards and modified the standards to construct an entrance that meet all commercial standards.

September 19, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Resident scolds BOE over various things

A disgruntled resident from Newton County School System's District 1 scolded board members Tuesday night for a variety of things, including not enforcing their own rules for public participation and for passing a resolution that asked voters to vote no for the charter school amendment.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police get new cars from drug funds

The Covington Police Department is getting nine new cars, thanks to forfeited drug funds.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Panhandling not allowed in city

City of Covington council members were split on making a decision to amend an ordinance that would make it unlawful to engage in panhandling at their council meeting Monday night.

Council voted 3 to 3 on approving the first reading of an amended ordinance that would prohibit people from soliciting in public places in the city.

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Breast-feeding mother asked to leave

A Douglasville woman was reportedly asked to leave a Covington restaurant recently after she refused to leave the table to breast-feed her 20-month-old son.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Farm Bureau recognized by state

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recently recognized during the Georgia Farm Bureau 3rd District Annual Meeting for its outstanding member programs. Brent Galloway is the NCFB President.

The NCFB Young Farmer Committee, chaired by B.J. Marks, was honored with the GFB 3rd District Outstanding Young Farmer Committee Award.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County sentencing

Sherry Lynn Tyler, Family Violence Act simple battery, 12 months probation, 10 days confinement, $500. Cruelty to children, nolle pross. Hindering Emergency worker, 12 months probation consecutive, $500. No violent contact, no alcohol.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Student reportedly found with alcohol

A Newton High School student was arrested for underage drinking on Thursday. A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the school's suspension room just before 1 p.m. where a juvenile male was sitting at a desk. According to the report, the teen was leaning against the desk and covered in vomit. An assistant principal searched the student's book bag and found a clear plastic water bottle containing a clear liquid, which was believed to be vodka. The deputy contacted EMS and called the teen's mother, who also arrived on the scene. The ...

September 18, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


A Scout's life

Jerry Aldridge loves teaching and few in Newton County have helped as many boys develop into young men as the former educator and current scoutmaster.

September 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSS to have early release Friday

Students will be released early Friday for teacher professional learning activities, and also will be the upcoming week (Sept. 24-28) for fall break.

September 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man crashes into 2 power poles

An accused drunk driver was hospitalized after crashing into two power poles early Sunday morning in Porterdale.

September 18, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Order of Eastern Star donates clinic supplies

Members of the Order of Eastern Star Madison Chapter recently donated much needed clinic supplies to Mansfield Elementary School.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Manning, Yankees and Star Wars

Gas prices fell by 8.7 cents in the Covington area last week, and, according to AtlantaGasPrices.com, prices in Covington range from $3.69 per gallon to $3.79 per gallon.

September 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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