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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


A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

August 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Salem Road Walmart hired 314 employees

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Road has hired 314 associates and is planning to have its grand opening from 7 to 8 a.m. March 14.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The first black co-homecoming queen

Sarah Cook smiles as she looked through her old 1973 yearbook. She turned through the pages and stopped at a homecoming court spread that showed her and five other girls.

February 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holt: Heading down the stretch

The House of Representatives honored the members of all branches of the Georgia National Guard last Wednesday. We wanted to make it clear how much their service is appreciated, especially in the challenges and sacrifices of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who fell in these conflicts were specifically remembered and honored, along with their families. Many of those family members were present, to include Vernorida Fuller and Quintez Harris, the wife and son of Staff Sergeant Carl Fuller of Covington.

February 25, 2012 | By Doug Holt | LOCAL


Last week for early voting for primary

This is the last week for to vote early for Georgia's March 6 presidential primary, which could play a part in deciding which Republican contender will face incumbent President Barack Obama in November.

February 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 4 p.m.

Covington and much of Georgia have been placed on a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Friday - http://wxch.nl/wK1Cy0

February 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illinois man arrested for sexual exploitation

An Illinois man has been arrested and extradited to Newton County on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distributing obscene materials.

February 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies for the troops

On Feb. 21, Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox, donated over 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq along with those serving on the home front as well. The Girl Scout cookies were donated by Charlotte McGuley who is currently working on her gold star award through the Girl Scout program.

February 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Man had gun at funeral of slain woman

Directly following the funeral of murdered Newton County woman Ketitra Techelle Jones, a semi-automatic handgun was collected and warrants have been issued for one man who reportedly tried to pull it on people attending the gathering.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Several pre-trial hearings March 7

Several murder cases are moving steadily forward in March with pre-trial hearings in front of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices expected in to keep rising

Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of a sharp rise in gasoline prices in the next few days and through the weekend in Atlanta.

February 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Supreme Court overturns Crowder plea

The guilty plea entered by Darrell Antonio Crowder in the 2008 murder of his estranged wife has been overturned by the Supreme Court, despite Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton's denial for a new trial in 2010.

February 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newt Gingrich to visit Covington Feb. 29

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Newton County Feb. 29 as he campaigns in advance of the March 6 GOP presidential primary.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teenage twins surviving on their own

Michael and Nathanial Hodge aren't your average 19-year-old twins. The Alcovy High School seniors have been self-sufficient and living on their own since they were 16.

February 22, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Young sentenced to death

After roughly six hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced 44-year-old Rodney Young to die for the bludgeoning and stabbing death of 28-year-old Gary Jones.

February 22, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Serious crimes decline in Covington

Serious crimes in Covington declined in 2011 for the second straight year, but the changes were a mixed bag as thefts and sexual offenses increased, while assaults and property thefts declined.

February 22, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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