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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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Y to hold open house Saturday

If you've been cooped up all week by the ice and cold, the Covington Family Y is staging an open house on Saturday that can help you get moving again.

January 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Warmer winter prediction falls flat

Climatologists had predicted a warmer-than- average winter, but that hasn't quite been the case. Changing weather patterns have caused a series of Arctic blasts to blow through Georgia bringing record cold and abundant snowfall.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Work, services resume after roads clear

The cost of this week's winter weather won't be fully known until next week, but Covington has spent at least $26,718 this week on labor and materials.

January 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scott positioned to rise in GOP ranks

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Macon) has been making the national media rounds the past two weeks, sharing his views on the upcoming year after being voted president of the largest Republican Congressional freshman class in U.S. history.

January 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful wins $1K

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful has received $1,000 from Keep America Beautiful, part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America to encourage plastic bottle recycling during the 2010 Great American Cleanup.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three recycling centers closing today

The county's recycling centers on Covington ByPass, McGiboney and Piper roads are all closing shortly because there is too much ice at those locations. They will reopen at noon on Friday, said Laurie Riley, with the Newton County Department of Development Services.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two dead in Ga. Highway 11 wreck

Two men who had been missing for a week were found dead Saturday morning, victims of a car wreck on Ga. Highway 11 near Surrey Chase Drive.

January 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores

Health inspection ratings for food providers in Newton County provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health Community Health Division.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Frigid photos: Readers share snow shots

We asked you to share your photos of what it was like in the ice and snow in your neighborhood, and dozens of people have responded. Here's a sampling. See more in Wednesday's print edition, and coming in Friday's print edition.

January 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ice cleanup costly to state

ATLANTA - Georgia s shelling out up to $2 million a day cleaning up the winter storm that dumped ice and snow across the state, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said Wednesday.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


HOPE faces cuts in Deal budget

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal preached austerity in his first State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiling an $18.2 billion budget proposal that will mean deep cuts to the state's popular HOPE scholarship program and a slimmed down state workforce.

January 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


New library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library director sought

The Newton County Library Board of Directors hopesto hire a new library director soon as it seeks a replacement for Greg Heid, who accepted the library director position in Des Moines, Iowa.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, county offices to open today

Conditions are steadily improving and the governments of both Covington and Newton County are planning to open for business Thursday.

January 12, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton Schools closed for Thursday

Newton County Schools and the central office will remain closed Thursday due to hazardous road conditions.

January 12, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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