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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


Former NCSS teacher develops flexible software for education

The late poet laureate Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "If you don't like something, change it."

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Hiring at Newton County School System

The Human Resources Department at Newton County School System (NCSS) has a big job. Among other things, the Department, under the direction of Nyree Sanders ...

August 21, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


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NCSO to host job fair next week

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will host its first job fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 26 and 27 at the law enforcement facility at 15151 Alcovy Road in Covington.

May 18, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Vigil to be held for postal carrier killed over weekend

A postal carrier was killed Saturday on Highway 81 near Booger Hill Road in Oxford.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Action Ministries offers training for Smart Lunch Smart Kid program

With the school year coming to an end, the Smart Lunch Smart Kid program is setting up sites throughout the county. So far, lunch sites are being set up in downtown Porterdale, at Covington Mill United Methodist Church and Allen Memorial United Methodist Church in Oxford. A mobile unite will serve at least one mobile trailer park on Highway 36, and Action Ministries is partnering with the summer feeding program at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

May 17, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Two local students named to last class of Gates Millennium Scholars

Two Newton County students have been named 2016 Gates Millennium Scholars and will receive good-through-graduation, full-ride scholarships to use at any accredited college or university in the country. Tyrik Grant, 17, son of Tarrian Grant Burnett and Kenneth Burnett, and Jesse Eldell are among the 89 Georgia students who will receive one of the scholarships.

May 15, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., named President of Council of Superior Court Judges

Alcovy Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. became president of the Council of Superior Court Judges on May 1. Judge Johnson will serve as president through April 30.

May 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


AT&T gives to Arts Association of Newton County

The Arts Association of Newton County was presented with a $5,000 check from AT&T to support Independence on the Square.

May 14, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Eight hands are better than two

Forty fingers will come together to make a joyful noise at the First Presbyterian Church of Covington Sunday, May 22, courtesy of Alice Walker and Becky Ramsey, of Covington and Sylvia Looney and Dan Ingram of South Carolina. While this keyboard concert, an event featuring pianos as well as an impressive pipe organ, is amazing in its own right, one of the most impressive things is the amount of planning that went into it.

May 14, 2016 | Hezekiah Rodgers | LOCAL


Update: Oxford man found in Lamar County

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) cancelled the BOLO for Ernest Lamar Stanton, who went missing from his residence yesterday at 4 p.m.

May 14, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Be on the lookout issued for Newton man

The Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) has issued a Mattie's Call for Ernest Stanton.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Vampires flock to Covington Square

A large crowd gathered on the Covington Square Friday to watch the season eight finale of The Vampire Diaries.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Emory Street and Clark Street in Oxford.

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC moves Tuesday’s meeting to May 31

The Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) postponed its May 17 meeting to May 31 after three commissioners voted in favor of the change during a special called meeting Friday.

May 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Oxford Lions to hold yard sale to benefit those needing eye exams

The Oxford Lions will hold their annual yard sale on Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the corner of Emory Street and Clark Street in Oxford.

May 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Forensic audit questions spending at Nelson Heights

Forensic accountant David Sawyer reported findings of questionable spending, possible preferential treatment and inadequate financial documentations concerning the Nelson Heights Community Center to the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Sims to replace Craig on IDA

Lanier Sims will represent the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) on the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) after a 4-1 vote by the BOC Wednesday.

May 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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