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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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Residents upset by new power line

Some Mansfield city residents are unhappy with plans to place new power lines right through the middle of their neighborhood on County Road 213, and they're planning to discuss the issue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mansfield Community Center, 3158 Ga. Highway 11.

August 10, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The faces of Chimney Park

There are two new reasons to visit Chimney Park located behind the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd Street, in Covington. Chainsaw artist Ben Eidson of Shady Dale turned his chainsaw loose on the massive trunk of an oak that fell during the spring storms and created an interesting bench with three seating areas, perfect for a peaceful afternoon's rest. Then he turned his attention to creating a mystical face of a wood nymph in the trunk of a dead tree near the storytelling area.

August 10, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local woman charged in 2009 car death

Nearly two years since the car accident that claimed the life of a 67-year-old retired DOT worker, the woman accused of causing the accident entered a pre-trial order in Superior Court Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man guilty of taking ex hostage

When a 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road Sept. 19, 2010 she told authorities she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her. That man pleaded guilty to charges stemming from that incident Tuesday.

August 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


U.S. 278 railroad crossing being paved

The railroad crossing at U.S. Highway 278 near West Street will be paved over beginning Aug. 8. Although the road will remain open to traffic, travelers can expect single lane closures in the area from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Aug. 11.

August 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Making a Miracle

The second annual Let's Make a Miracle Car & Bike Show was held yesterday at Turner Lake Complex. Cars, trucks and motorcycles were on display and several vendors sold food, such as bar-b-que and funnel cakes.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pilot Club of Covington installs officers

The Pilot Club of Covington held its 2011-2012 Officer Installation on Thursday, June 16 at First Presbyterian Church. The officers are: President, Mary Barnes; President Elect, Theresa Shields; Treasurer, Alice Phillips; Secretary, Terry Ziemer; Directors, Ann Brooks, Sharon Leduc and Jessica Morris. Pictured (l-r): Jessica Morris, Theresa Shields, Mary Barnes, Terry Ziemer, Ann Brooks.

August 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A close relationship

At 19, Russell Reddick has a love for sharks, video games and Arby's roast beef sandwiches. However, nothing brings him more excitement than checking out Shark Week at the Georgia Aquarium.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


City clerk arrested for theft

Covington's city clerk was arrested and charged with three counts of theft by deception in Rockdale County last month.

August 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - Aug. 10

1. Avoid the ATM- You'll save yourself those inflated fees and you'll spend less money too.

August 07, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Downtown events cost city $19,000

Street closures and detours for downtown events have cost the city nearly $19,000 since September, according to a report from Transportation Project Manager Billy Skinner.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Residents, businesses vexed by ‘Diaries’

Local residents and business owners are voicing concerns to the Covington City Council over the filming of "The Vampire Diaries," saying the crew has taken over the streets and is displaying rude behavior.

August 07, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Two arrested for Taco Bell brawl

A racial tirade directed at Taco Bell employees ended with one woman arrested for DUI and another for battery Thursday evening.

August 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


OSHA cites Georgia company after trench collapse

ATLANTA - Federal officials say they found that a Georgia firm violated safety regulations after a Covington man died when a trench collapsed at a subdivision in Cumming.

August 05, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Boo Hoo Breakfast

Kindergartners and their parents were invited to attend a "Boo Hoo Breakfast" at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett yesterday morning.

August 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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