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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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Co-defendant testimony continues in death penalty trial

Testimony continued Wednesday from the co-defendant that defense attorneys argue was the actual ringleader in the 2009 murder of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements and not their client Pablo Maldonado.

August 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Women voters' league seeks more voters

The Rockdale-Newton League of Women Voters will hold its second voter registration drive for 2012 in September.

August 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Library announces fall programs

The Newton County Library System is offering some new services this fall, including new children's and teen's programs and two new book collections.

August 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple banished from home for fighting

A man and woman were banished from the Covington Housing Authority after reportedly getting into a fight. Covington police responded to a call at Nixon Circle (inside the Housing Authority) in reference to a family fight around 11 p.m. on Friday.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Co-defendants testify at Clements trial

Re-enactments of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements by co-defendants Brittney Beasley and Christian Caldwell had family members of the slain landscaper in tears this week, as the death penalty trial against Pablo Maldonado, the alleged ringleader of the murder, continues.

August 28, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents could feel effects of Isaac

Newton County residents can expect stormy weather for the next few days as the effects of Hurricane Isaac pass through the area.

August 28, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Storage facility robbed at gunpoint

Covington police are looking for a man they said robbed the South of the Square Storage located on Ga. Highway 36 on Tuesday.

Chief Ken Malcom said the robbery happened around noon, when a black male wearing a black hoodie, black shorts and black tennis shoes with red laces walked in and demanded money from a female clerk in the store.

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Crime briefs: Man given counterfeit $

Man calls police after reportedly receiving counterfeit money

August 28, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Clements murder reenacted in court

One of the co-defendants in the murder of Tim Clements took the stand on the fourth day of the death penalty trail against the alleged ringleader, Pablo Maldonado and, along with Chief Assistant District Attorney Anne Kurtz, reenacted the 2009 murder of the popular landscaper.

August 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No one injured in car fire on I-20

A passenger vehicle caught on fire around 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit, but there were no injuries and the fire was contained shortly after firefighters arrived on the scene, said Brad Stapp, Newton County Fire Deputy Chief.

August 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-girlfriend testifies against Maldonado

Katria McClain was just 16-years-old when she was charged as an adult in the murder of Conyers landscaper 53-year-old Tim Clements. On the third day of the death penalty trial against alleged ringleader Pablo Maldonado, jurors sat rapt as she gave details of how the plan to rob Clements, turned into a plan to murder him.

August 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple has car egged by vandals

Couple calls police after their vehicle is egged

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local farm to produce Italian cheeses

Russell Johnston is tired. He's tired of putting in 90 to 100 hours a week producing milk, bottling it, marketing and selling the popular beverage and driving it around the region. He's tired of missing out on his life and that of his two sons.

August 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Zoning administrator resigns

Branin Burdette will no longer be Newton County's zoning administrator. Board of Commissioner Chairman Kathy Morgan made the announcement at their meeting on Tuesday night as she thanked Burdette for his services to the county saying he has done an excellent job.

Burdette's last day with the county will be on Aug. 29. He said he will move back to his hometown of Seattle, Wash. to take a new position as a zoning inspector.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Company to dredge South River

The board of commissioners approved an operational use permit at their meeting on Tuesday night, after a sand dredging business petitioned to continue its operations at a portion of the South River in Newton County.

August 25, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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