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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


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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Voters league to host forum Thursday

The Newton County Voters League is hosting a forum at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Historic Courthouse for all county candidates.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County settles $800K driving death case against deputy

A civil suit brought against the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County, the NCSO's automobile insurance carrier and Deputy Matthew Holbrook, following an automobile accident that killed 36-year-old Paula Michelle Dobbs, has been settled for $800,000.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log- Oct. 2, 2012

Tremaine Tanika Parlor, 33, 5131 A Bede Drive, Covington, Sept. 24. Court sentenced to 120/180 days.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman fires gun to scare 'Peeping Tom'

A woman told dispatch that she fired off her weapon after she saw a man looking through her front door on Sunday morning. Covington police were dispatched to a home on Floyd Street around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a prowler. Police spoke to a woman at the home who said when she woke up and walked downstairs, she saw a white male with curly hair and about 5'9" in height peeking through her front door window. The woman then found her pistol, went outside of her back door and fired one round into the air out ...

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman leaves children to buy cigars

A Covington woman was arrested on Monday after she reportedly left her children unattended.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Students skate for success

Physical education took on a little twist at Heard Mixon Elementary School the past few weeks as students got the chance to learn the classic skill of roller skating. P.E. teacher Donna Thompson said she got the idea from a longtime DeKalb County teacher who said it was the best programs she had run in her 27-year career.

October 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPTC receives $3M Dept. of Labor grant

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will receive a portion of $500 million federal community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Armed robbery at local liquor store

An employee at Quick Liquor reported an armed robbery at the store early Tuesday morning, where a unknown man entered the store with a gun.

October 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Flow of state money to schools still slow

An update on the school system's budget projections shows that while Newton County is in good shape, money is still slow to come in at a state level, and that cuts are still going to be made, most likely for the 2013-14 school year.

October 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Publisher named treasurer of SNPA

Digby A. Solomon, president, publisher and CEO of the Daily Press Media Group, Newport News, Va., was elected president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association this morning, along with The Covington News publisher, Charles Hill Morris, Jr. elected as treasurer.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO awarded state certification

The Newton County Sheriff's Office was awarded state certification Friday, joining the ranks of the top 100 law enforcement agencies in the state.

October 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Vincent Bernard Barlow, 30, Smyrna, Sept. 21. Probation violation.

September 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Windows smashed at community center

A county employee told police that someone shattered the windows at a community center. A Covington police officer responded to the Magnolia Heights Community Center on Thursday around noon in reference to damage done to three windows. The officer met with a county employee who said between Sept. 23 and 27 an unknown person broke three-double pane windows located at the rear of the building. Police said only the outside layers of the windows were broken. No entry was made into the building. The estimated replacement cost for each window was $333.25. No other information was available at the ...

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Ride for Roxy continues to help others

A motorcycle poker ride that was started to raise money for a Covington woman diagnosed with breast cancer soon turned into an event to help others with the disease.

September 29, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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


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