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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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Social Circle to hold annual tree lighting on Dec. 3

Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday sales to go into effect in Dec.

Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan working to reverse gov’t switch

As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown to seek reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton on change to county manager

Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoodie argument ends in onion dip assault

An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newman arrested for DUI in Cobb

Prominent republican backer James Clayton Newman was arrested in Cobb County last month and charged with DUI, at least his second this year.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies contact DFACS for local child

A decision by a woman to not help authorities in their investigation against her alleged abuser had deputies contacting the Department of Children Services Wednesday evening on the child's behalf.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Group sought in shots fired incident

Deputies from the NCSO are searching for a group of black males who allegedly fired shots and busted into a home on Oak Terrace Drive late Wednesday night.

November 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton appointed as county manager

Two days after Newton County moved to a county manager form of government, officials have yet to detail how the new structure will work.

November 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Lighting the Courthouse

Newtonians of all ages came together last night for the annual lighting of the courthouse.

November 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mark Twain to visit Newborn Saturday

Though reports of his death are indeed correct, Mark Twain will appear in Newborn at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Old Newborn Schoolhouse, 4326 Ga. Highway 142.

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


After school programs cancelled today

The Newton County School System cancelled after school programs at Indian Creek, Liberty Middle and Newton High due to inclimant weather. Students are to ride their assigned buses home.

November 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County under a tornado watch

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 890 IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM EST THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


Wreck on I-20 Eastbound

An overturned tractor-trailer stalled traffic this morning on I-20 East. The accident occured between the Covington and Alcovy exits.

November 16, 2011 | | LOCAL


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