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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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U.S. Rep Broun to visit Newton on tour

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, will be in Newton County Wednesday May 23 as part of a five-day, re-election bus tour to visit all 25 counties in the newly drawn 10th Congressional District.

May 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


March for Babies

The Rockdale/Newton March of Dimes chapter held its 2012 March for Babies in Olde Town Conyers Saturday morning.

May 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested in Social Circle murder

Two DeKalb County men have been arrested and charged with the murder of 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart, whose body was found burning in Social Circle.

May 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Foster mom adopts three siblings

When Sylvia Ashong first held her now adopted 4-year-old daughter Valerie, she remembers how small she was for her age.

May 12, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


State to perform road work next week

The Georgia Department of Transportation is going to performing shoulder work and mowing along several state routes between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week.

May 12, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Area students go to Disney events

Some area students got an early jump start on summer, when their school groups were invited to Walt Disney World to perform and attend educational programs.

May 12, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Indian Creek golf course purchased

A group of six investors has purchased the closed Indian Creek Golf Club and plan to invest $2 million in upgrading the course before reopening in August.

May 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime: 'Little Jesus', birds, ex-revenge

When Covington police arrived at the scene of a domestic dispute, Ruby Benton told the officers that her brother, Garfield Johnson, came into her room, grabbed her by the right arm and drug her through the house.

May 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


State to do road work next week

The Georgia Department of Transportation is going to performing shoulder work and mowing along several state routes between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday of next week.

May 11, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia's American Idol finalist coming home

LEESBURG, Ga. (AP) - American Idol finalist Phillip Phillips is coming home to southwest Georgia.

May 11, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Heroin found in tampon wrapper

A Covington police officer responded to a report of a white female wearing a purple bandana shoplifting at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Gun accidentally fired in Home Depot

Four customers were slightly injured Sunday after a gun accidentally discharged at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

May 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Tech trends: secret iPhone tips

I got my first iPhone, the 3GS model, as a college graduation present. The iPhone 3GS was the third generation of iPhone. I remember sitting in the student center at Georgia Tech watching the Apple keynote speech when Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone in 2007.

"I have to get this phone!" I said to myself. "This is exactly the phone I've been waiting for!"

May 10, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Good Hope celebrates 100 years

The Good Hope Baptist Church will celebrate their 100 year anniversary on Sunday, May 20 at 3 p.m. with a special anniversary service. On May 18, the music department will have a free concert for all who would like to attend. Saturday, May 19, there will be a community cook out as well.

May 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Exploring Atlanta’s vast history

The end of the school year means many things, in particular children and travel website operators, formerly called travel agents, are rejoicing.

Those trying to figure out what to do with all those kids eager to forget everything that they have learned and all the visitors eager to explore the top-tourist attractions are experiencing the opposite of rejoice.

May 10, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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