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Commissioners to vote on moratorium

Newton County will hold a special called meeting Tuesday, Sept. 13 to vote on the moratorium on permits for places of worship.

August 31, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Commissioners meet with mosque group

Some members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners met with a group representing the proposed mosque and cemetery on Monday. The mosque and cemetery ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Hearing on moratorium scheduled for Sept. 20

County officials say they have not decided to extend or end a controversial moratorium on permits of places of worship beyond the original Sept. 20 ...

August 30, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

Oxford Lions celebrate 65 years

The Oxford Lions celebrates its 65th Anniversary this year. At recent celebrations, members were joined by past presidents, community members, international, state and district Lion ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

State Route 36 roadwork expected to begin mid-fall

Though contractor Knight and Associates is clearing and grubbing land that will become new intersections on State Route 36 near Henderson's Restaurant, actual roadwork ...

August 30, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

ASO performing at Grand Opening for Porter Performing Arts Center

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is coming to Newton County Sunday, Oct. 2 for a 3 p.m. show presented by the Arts Association of Newton ...

August 30, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman arrested for meth at local hotel

A woman was arrested at Homewood Suites in Covington for possession of methamphetamine, according to the Covington Police Department (CPD).

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Woman has gun pointed at her by driver

A woman reported that a driver pointed a gun at her while she was stopped in her car, according to the Newton County Sheriff's ...

August 29, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Brooks draws satisfaction from original graphic novels

For those with arachnophobia, Brett Brooks has a three book series that might appeal: "How to Kill a Spider," a three part "killology." [See side ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Porterdale artist releases game based on graphic novels

'How to Kill a Spider,' a 'killology' by Brett Brooks has been turned into a card game similar to UNO. Brooks is set to sell ...

August 29, 2016 | Sandra Brands | 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

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High school student raising funds to build electric Beetle

If Grayson Eady reaches his goal, in just more than three years, he'll be driving an electric car north to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

April 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

VanNess: Update from the Capitol

The 2016 legislative session was filled with many changes that will impact lives in our District and across the State of Georgia. I look forward to discussing the issues with you over the next several months, to help you be better informed and aware. I am working to find more interactive ways to better reflect your interests when key legislation is voted on. I serve on the Education, Economic Development, Health and Human Services and State Institutions and Properties Committees and look forward to serving you and making a difference in District 43. For quick and daily updates, please like ...

April 09, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL

Belton: Newton County legislation wraps up season

First, while I do not speak for my fellow legislators, I feel I must address the new form of government for Newton County that will create a strong County Manager and a weak Commissioner Chairman.

April 09, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

Newton’s Mental Health Court is getting the lost on the right path

On April 6, U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-Fourth Congressional District) visited Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn's mental health court.

April 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Historic Conyers Street Gym temporarily closes


April 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

From school to civic center

For some, seeing the old gym demolished has been painful. Some are waxing sentimental about their time spent at the old Newton High School and sharing memories of their time there on a Facebook page at

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Petition calls for traffic light at dangerous intersection

The petition was started after 67-year-old Curtis Douglas Baxter was killed trying to turn left onto Georgia Highway 212 from Butler Bridge Road on Feb. 25.

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Former Police Explorer sworn in as CPD officer

Kenyatta Davis-Barnes achieved his ultimate dream Monday when he was sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston as a Covington Police Officer.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Volunteers to install free smoke detectors in 300 homes

A blitz is coming to Covington.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Strawberry festival celebrates seasonal fruit at Mitcham Farm

Strawberry season is just beginning and it will be celebrated at the Mitcham Farm Strawberry Festival, Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

April 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Bark for Life coming to Chimney Park

The Covington First United Methodist Church's (UMC) Relay for Life team will host the Third Annual Bark for Life, Saturday, April 16 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Chimney Park.

April 04, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Oxford student shows students how eyeballs and brains work

With a laugh, Robyn Smith admits she's had a couple dozen cow eyes and brains sitting in her room. When she told her parents what she planned to do with them, she'd expected them to tell her how proud they were of her.

April 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Internship in D.C. is Covington student’s dream job

This summer, Briana Clark, daughter of Debbie Henderson of Covington, and Roger Clark, will take one more step toward realizing her dream - being appointed a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.

April 03, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Cloverleaf 4-H’ers win big

Here's a riddle for you: "What has 500 poster boards, 444 feet, and lots of butterflies?"

April 03, 2016 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Newton Trails adds Norfolk Southern route

Almost 15 miles of trails are now available from Ga. Hwy. 81/Washington Street in Covington to Ziegler Road just west of Newborn after Norfolk Southern signed a lease agreement with Newton Trails.

April 03, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

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