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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


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Newton County

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Lloyd Kerr, Newton County Manager.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


How it happened – Phil Johnson, seller’s agent

Editor's note: The following is a statement from Philip Johnson, agent to Neely Farms Family.

August 19, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Convenience center hours changed

The hours of Newton County's 11 trash collection convenience centers were changed by the county's Solid Waste Authority (SWA) Thursday night.

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Unknown duo throws fruit at church sign

A complainant claims two people threw cantaloupes at Early Hope Church in Covington, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 18, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | LOCAL


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

Newton County will have a five-week moratorium on permit applications for places of worship after a motion proposed by District 1 Commissioner John Douglas passed ...

August 18, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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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


Woman to give kidney to man she's barely known

Vince Lowe is a sight. He's a big, burly biker, with a pieced septum, dozens of tattoos, a bald head and bright green fingernails.

September 27, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gaither’s Plantation to host ghost tours

The guided tours will lead residents through the historic Gaither's home, historic church, and log cabin on Oct. 26 and 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

September 27, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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