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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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Trail through Chimney Park gets $6K

Chimney Park, the hidden outdoor gem behind the Covington Branch Library, is getting another nice boost as a long-awaited pedestrian trail now snakes through its woods.

September 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

Portraits of Hope

A group of women whose smiles, uplifting spirits and devotion to other people's lives, gathers in the center of the square Friday. For the entire month of October, breast cancer survivors will have portraits in local boutiques around the Covington square, honoring those who were able to overcome the disease.

Six years ago, the program started out with 12 portraits of women, now exceeding more than 60. "Take everyday as a blessing, and be sure to tell everyone that you love, you love them. Everyday is a new blessing," said Kay Goff, breast cancer survivor and volunteer for the ...

September 29, 2012 | Anastasia Graves | LOCAL

A faithful journey through cancer

Stephanie Lunt, a 37-year-old mother and wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2010. She was 34 years old and completely taken aback by her diagnosis, as there had been no history of breast cancer in her family at all.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL

Armed robbery actually a drug deal

What police initially believed was an attempted armed robbery at Don's Superette has turned out to be a drug deal gone bad.

Covington police officers were originally told that a patron had pumped some gas and, as he was getting ready to leave, a man brandishing a handgun got into the patron's car and told him to drive.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Missing man's death ruled homicide

Two men have been arrested and charged with the death of missing Newton County man Gregory Vernon Harris, whose burned body was found in the trunk of a car in Fulton County on July 14.

The Atlanta Police Department's Fugitive Unit officers arrested Andrew Valentino Wilson, 44, and Edgar Allen Hubbard, 40, Thursday, charging both men with murder and arson in the first degree. They were transported to the Fulton County Jail where they remain, with no bond.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Woman fights breast cancer for family

Stephenie Coleman was only going in for her first mammogram when she learned something that would forever change her life, something that would make her rise up and fight for her life.

When Coleman, 41, went to the doctor, she was told that she might have to have more images and an ultrasound taken since it was her first mammogram. So when doctors called back and told her they needed her to come in, she wasn't worried. It was when she went into the ultrasound room and saw the images of her right breast up, she immediately knew something ...

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Early detection key to surviving cancer

Breast cancer survivor Dianna Galloway said early detection was the key to fighting and surviving the illness, which she and her mother were diagnosed with.

The Newton County School System bus driver said 24 years ago, her mom Beverly Nelson was diagnosed with breast cancer and she passed away. She said after her mom was diagnosed, she decided to start having screenings and mammograms done for herself.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL

More than 2,900 students withdraw

Newton County School System had more than 2,900 students withdraw from the counties schools last year, 293 of which were considered dropouts, according to school reports.

The reports came after a request from Newton County Board of Education Chairman Eddie Johnson to NCSS officials.

September 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Christian horseback riding club starts

Cottonwood Farm will kick off their new Christian riding club for children between third to eighth grade on Monday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. The fee is $100 per month, along with other additional fees which will vary by individual students.

Kenneth and Teri Justice will teach classes with the help from Amy McKaughan, who is a trainer at Cottonwood.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL

Sunbelt Ag Expo celebrates 35 years

Each year, the Sunbelt Ag Expo makes fall a festive time for farmers and their families in the Southeast. This year Expo, which will be held Oct. 16-18 in Moultrie, Ga., will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

"For the past 35 years, our farm show has provided farmers and their families with a glimpse of the newest available agricultural technology, all in one central location," said Expo Director Chip Blalock.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Tractor show in Mansfield

Mansfield Masonic Lodge #489 will host the 2nd Annual Lamar Hays Antique Tractor Show Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

September 29, 2012 | Hayley Williams | LOCAL

GPTC gets ‘A’ on accreditation report

Georgia Piedmont Technical College has completed the 10-year review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for reaffirmation of its accreditation.

Years of preparation culminated in an on-site review by a team of visiting academic professionals from the southeastern region of the country.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Fun fall one-tank trips

As the fall season approaches, residents are sure to experience candid events in other counties. Here is a list of what's going on this fall.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Man charged with child molestation

A Newton County man has been charged with aggravated child molestation, child molestation, sodomy and incest, after the mother of a 15-year-old girl discovered him with her child.

September 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

Inmate commits suicide

A 51-year-old Newton County inmate reportedly killed himself Wednesday evening.

September 27, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL

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