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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


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


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Johnston, Sigman go on video to talk issues

The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for choking daughter

A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk couple makes accusations, get arrested

A couple was arrested Friday evening after allegedly getting drunk and arguing with another person on Washington Street.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals, state discuss Hazelbrand median

The cries of business owners along Hazelbrand Road have been heard, and it's possible the Georgia Department of Transportation will adjust its plans for the concrete median on U.S. Highway 278.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Golfers join B.C. Crowell fundraiser for scholarships

Golfers from around the community gathered Friday at The Oaks Course for the second annual B.C Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament helped raise funds for the two $1,000 scholarships which are awarded to students from Eastside, Alcovy and/or Newton high schools.

September 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


City to evacuate unsafe apartments

The city continues to crackdown on unsanitary and unsafe housing, and some unlicensed apartments on Lunsford Circle in Covington are scheduled to be evacuated Thursday.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, Main Street rewarded for excellence in downtown development

The City of Covington and Covington Main Street is the winner of the Georgia Downtown Association's Award of Excellence in Downtown Development. The award is presented to one city each year showing the greatest improvement in overall downtown redevelopment.

September 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed on I-20

A Bishop man was killed early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 20 near exit 101.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Artful Harvest celebrated

Southern Heartland Arts' annual "Artful Harvest" event took place Thursday evening with judges awarding first, second and third place awards to a variety of artists and styles of art. Afterwards refreshments were served and people had a chance to mingle and check out the art. The art will be on display in the meeting room of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street through Sept. 29 and is free to view. Many pieces are also available for purchase.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Students drinking on bus

Three high school students were given citations after being caught with alcohol on the school bus Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 16

Anthony M. George, violation of probation, 180 days Newton County Jail.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NaDell running for Mansfield council seat

David NaDell wants to maintain the small, pleasant community in Mansfield, while improving the small things, such as roads and sidewalks. That's why he's running for the Post 4 council seat.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legal forum to be held Saturday

The newly formed NewRock Legal Society is hosting a Know Your Rights Forum Saturday to educate the public on the most common legal issues, including bankruptcy, debtor's rights, divorce, child support, criminal prosecutions, estate planning and personal injury law.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FaithWorks temporarily closed

Need in Newton County is greater than ever before, and after giving out $13,700 in aid in August, FaithWorks is temporarily closed.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two school buses involved in morning wreck

Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15. The two buses (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6 and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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