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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


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


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CPD offers assault awareness seminar

The Covington Police Department will be offering an Assault Awareness Seminar on May 16 at the Covington Police Department located at 1143 Oak Street, SE. The objective of this important personal safety training is to help provide citizens with techniques and safety strategies to prevent, minimize, or survive an assault. A portion of the class will be hands-on defensive tactics training where the student will have the opportunity to work with a defensive tactics instructor. Other topics to be discussed include; observation skills, negotiation skills and victim reporting skills. The class will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at ...

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Traffic closures to begin Tuesday

Residents can expect closures on Interstate 20 at the ramp at State Route 11 (exit 98) and a single lane closure at mile markers 97.5-98.5 on Tuesday, May 1, weather permitting.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young Farmers hosts tractor show

The Newton County Farm Bureau's Young Farmers association hosted its second annual tractor show on the square Saturday and doubled in size this year to around 25 entrants.

April 28, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A recap of local crimes for April 29

Man arrested for attempting to sell fittings to Oconee Metal

April 28, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Fire again backs up traffic on I-20

A fire close to Interstate 20 is again backing up traffic, this time affecting westbound traffic just east of Almon Road.

April 28, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Alcovy principal sues commenters

Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter has filed a lawsuit against 11 individuals who posted comments about her on stories posted on the Internet.

April 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Silent auction and wine tasting Friday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul members have been preparing for a Silent Auction and Wine Tasting (wine provided by local Fox Winery) which will be held Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church's Moore Hall at 7 p.m. There are 130 bid sheets with one to several items on each sheet.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn to host annual festival

Newborn is hosting its annual Horneyhead Festival from at 8 a.m. Saturday at the old Newborn Schoolhouse at 4326 Ga. Highway 142.

The event will feature a fishing tournament beginning at 8 a.m. and the winners with the largest fish in various divisions will be featured in the Pied Piper parade starting at 2 p.m. Anyone can participate in the parade, which will go around downtown.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heritage teacher also faces child molestation charge

The former Heritage teacher who was arrested for having sex with a student was also later charged with child molestation after investigators discovered the activity started while the student was 15.

Leslie Howard Mosley, Jr., 36, who lived in Covington, turned himself in Friday to the Rockdale County Jail where he remains without bond.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pope takes plea in murder

The murder trial against Candice Cadasha Pope ended abruptly last Thursday when she elected to enter a guilty plea in the 2010 death of Alvin Hall.

After three days of testimony, Pope pleaded guilty to malice murder, making false statements and concealing the death of another. She received life with the possibility of parole for murder and 15 years concurrent confinement for the two lesser charges. She will become eligible for parole after serving 30 years.

April 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rep. Dickerson runs for re-election

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-Conyers, is running for re-election in the newly redrawn District 113.

April 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Race for district 4 heats up

Democratic candidate Courtney Dillard along with Republican candidates Catherine Davis and Chris Vaughn have confirmed they will run for the fourth congressional district, making the race to capitol a competitive one.

April 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boyfriend denies hitting girlfriend’s face

Upon arriving at the scene of a report of a family fight, the officer noted that a woman and her child outside in their yard crying. The woman had a large red mark on her right check and the child was holding her right hand close to her tummy.

The woman told the officer that she and her boyfriend had been sitting on the couch talking and he slapped her for no reason.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher tells police officer to hurry up

A Newton County officer pulled over a vehicle with an expired tag.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


College grads struggle to find jobs

The future is bleak for college graduates entering the workforce, according to analysis of government data by the Associated Press.

Half of all college graduates are either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their degree or skills, the study reported.

April 26, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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