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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


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


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Boy stabs fellow youth with screwdriver

An 11-year-old boy was charged with aggravated assault Saturday after threatening other juveniles with a screwdriver and slightly injuring one of them.

October 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New trial granted in armed robbery case

In only the second time ever while on the Rockdale County bench, Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation granted a retrial in the case of Nathan Christopher Dwight on Thursday.

October 08, 2011 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


4-H volunteers change the world

They spent the night in one-room cabins with fifth and sixth grade campers.

October 07, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Main Street, Smart Growth host forum

Main Street Covington and Smart Growth Newton County are hosting a candidate forum for city candidates from all of Newton County's cities at 7 p.m., Oct. 18 at the Washington Street Community Center, 4138 School Street in Covington.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Main Street wins prestigious downtown award

While Covington and Newton County continue to refine the roles and responsibilities of Main Street Covington, the program has already taken a significant step forward.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber asks for county alcohol vote

The Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce once again asked the Newton County Board of Commissioners to put the alcohol by the drink question to a public vote.

October 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested in 2010 Kay Jewelry robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Arrest made in '10 armed robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local officials work on redistricting

Update, Oct. 5, 11:05 a.m.: Chairman Kathy Morgan said local elected officials looked at the map created by the redistricting office and used it as a beginning point for a new map.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Voices from the Past cemetery tour

The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour will be held at the Oxford Historic Cemetery on Oct. 13. The cemetery is located on Highway 81 just north of Oxford. The tour entrance will be on the corner of Asbury and Collingwood streets. There will be two sessions, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointed time to be in place for the start of the tour. People booked on the later tour might want to bring a flashlight.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Practice before play for 4-H brothers

"My dad says, 'practice, and then you can play,'" said third grader Luke Wallace.

October 05, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


The Mural Man

Andrew Sabori painted murals of rock-n-roll artists Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they were still up-and-comers playing in The Fillmore in San Francisco. His art has hung in The Apollo Theater and The Julliard School. He spent years gracing the walls of Las Vegas casinos with his painted scenery.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two industries coming to county

Newton County's manufacturing base continues to buoy the local job market, as four existing industries and two new industries are expected to hire workers.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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