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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


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Maldonado gets death penalty

What started on June 11, 2009 with the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements, ended Thursday afternoon when a jury imposed the death penalty on the alleged ringleader, 25-year-old Pablo Maldonado.

September 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Car chase after Waffle House robbery

A stolen car suspected of being the get-away vehicle in a Waffle House armed robbery fled when deputies approached, leading a chase through three counties before ending in a crash with the driver escaping on foot.

September 06, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Family of convicted murderer speak

Jurors spent the latter part of Tuesday and all of Wednesday learning about the life of convicted murderer Pablo Maldonado, from family and friends - many brought from Mexico - to tell about Maldonado's life, first in Mexico, then in the United States.

September 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputy investigated for sexual assault

The Newton County Sheriff's Office has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegations of a deputy being involved in a sexual assault.

September 05, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Bank of America to assist veterans

As the banking industry receives the brunt of criticism for unpopular government bailouts, reckless lending practices, and has been the favorite target of politicians, apparently Bank of America is at least trying to improve its image.

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


RCSO employee, wife arrested for fight

A Rockdale County Sheriff's Office employee and his wife were arrested on Friday after fighting with each other at their Covington home.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Hometown boy goes Hollywood

A private investigator, football player, stunt man and actor, Oxford resident Jaye Tyroff is anything but typical.

September 04, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Head-on collision kills two locals

An Oxford woman and a man from Jasper County died on Sunday night after being involved in a head-on collision in Jasper County.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Victims' family speaks in murder trial

While the jury has decided that Pablo Maldonado is guilty of the 2009 murder of Tim Clements, their job is far from done. They now have to decide if Maldonado should live in prison or die by lethal injection for the murder.

September 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hospitals worry about future finances

Gov. Nathan Deal recently said he has no intention of expanding Medicaid insurance eligibility under Obamacare in an effort to save $4 billion over the next decade, but state and local health officials question whether the long-term costs of so many uninsured patients are greater.

September 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cattlemen's Association will host auction

Registration is still open for the Piedmont Cattlemen's Association's 18th Annual Live and Silent Auction fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Glen Hayes, the organizer for the event, said the community has until Tuesday, Sept. 11 to RSVP for the event, which will take place at the FFA-FCCLA Camp on Ga. Highway 36.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman falsely claims kidnap

Covington police arrested Andrea Davis on Sunday after she reportedly told officers in DeKalb County she was kidnapped from her Covington home on Friday night. According to a report from the Covington Police Department, an officer with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office called Covington police and said a man took Davis against her will and held her in a car until Sunday. The woman told police she was able to escape and contact police at a Chevron gas station in DeKalb County. The DCSO officer took Davis to Salem Road in Rockdale County and called the Rockdale County Police ...

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Celebrating the South and Yellow River

Outdoor enthusiasts celebrate two of Georgia's hidden gems, the South River and Yellow River, on Sept. 8 and 15 with two celebrations dubbed "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta."

September 04, 2012 | | LOCAL


Man beaten and robbed giving woman a ride home

A Covington man was reportedly beaten and robbed after he gave an unknown woman a ride home.

Covington police spoke to the man at Newton Medical Center on Saturday afternoon who said he was beaten and robbed by four men after he gave an unknown woman a ride from a gas station.

September 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Mecca: Serving in the first Gulf War

Doug Hinton's kinfolk settled in Rockdale County in the 1800s. His parents and grandparents rest in peace at Green Meadows; a great-uncle killed on Iwo Jima and his great-grand parents are interred at Eastview, and his Civil War relatives rest in peace at Smyrna Presbyterian Camp Ground. His new bride Cindy, was born and raised in Yankeetown, Fla. Go figure.

A 1985 graduate of Heritage High School, Hinton received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy from Senator Sam Nunn. He said, "ROTC at Heritage prepared me for the Academy, but within two years I decided on another path ...

September 04, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


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