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Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

Newton County Development Services issued a notice of a public hearing regarding the possible extension of existing zoning moratorium that ran in the Aug. 28 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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


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Passport fee debate reaches Newton

Newton County residents have had their passports processed by the Newton County Superior Court clerk for many years, but a longstanding state law that allows the clerk of courts to take the $25 passport processing fee as personal income is being scrutinized and reconsidered across the state.

April 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools looks to save on transportation

If approved, the school system's transportation department could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by partnering with a company that would bring a parts store to them and stock it with Newton County's needs in mind.

April 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 4.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82/gal yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Get out and go

Spring might be my favorite season. After a ceaseless winter with gray skies and not a hint of green in sight, colorful flowers begin to make their appearance forecasting warmer weather ahead.

And although our spring came early this year and our winter wasn't very cool, it still is a sense of excitement for me. Now, I can hang the jacket in the closet, roll out of bed in the mornings without worrying about the cold hardwood floor touching my feet and toss the layers of clothing to the side.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Passed out mom hit with ball by children

A call about a possible cardiac arrest on West Drive turned out to be a mom, passed out in the bushes Sunday evening.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom found with malnourished baby, charged with meth possession

A 33-year-old mom was arrested and her child taken by the Department of Family and Children Services after officers reportedly found her with her undernourished baby in a trashed hotel room with methamphetamine.

Officers were called to the Covington Lodge by an anonymous caller who was concerned about the safety of a 2-month-old baby. When they arrived, they reportedly saw Frances Deanna Mattheus standing in front of a room's open door "thrusting the baby up and down in the air and grinding her teeth back and forth, tensing her facial muscles. The baby appeared to be slender and undernourished."

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County pride

Celebrate Our Home showcases more than 30 features of Newton County using 5x6 foot banners.

April 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


I-20 shut down at Almon Rd.

UPDATE: I-20 west just west of exit 88 (Almon Road) has all lanes shut down due to the large brush fire and the smoke it is producing.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale pocket parks open

Porterdale celebrated the opening of three pocket parks Friday and families immediately started taking advantaged of the parks.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on open-burning begins May 1

Newton County is among 54 Georgia counties that will be subject to a ban on open burning from May 1 to Sept. 30.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Some nonprofits, foreign companies could get state refund

Nonprofit corporations and foreign companies that paid annual registration fees between August 12, 2010 and April 13, 2011 may have been overcharge and eligible for a partial refund.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s 2050 Plan to be featured in publication

Newton County will be featured by the Orton Family Foundation as an example of a community with a strong stewardship program.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local man charged with DUI says he shouldn’t drive

A Covington police officer responded to a call from an anonymous citizen who observed an intoxicated man getting into the cab of his white F-150 truck in the parking lot of the Depot Bar and Grill.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Greetings from the future

I'm feeling a little like the ghost of Christmas future - I'm 12 hours ahead of you!

Actually, I'm writing this from the Chicago airport as we await the next leg of the trip, but by Sunday I'll be adjusting to the land down under.

April 14, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Student has knife at school to cut fruit

A Newton County deputy was called to Flint Hill Elementary School after a school administrator was informed that a student was in possession of a knife.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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