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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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Local has tie to Olympic gold medalist

Fay Hancock has had quite the month.

August 02, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


T-SPLOST failed; so now what?

Voters in Newton County, the Northeast Georgia Region and across Georgia struck down T-SPLOST Tuesday, leaving leaders to look at what went wrong and what to do next.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Staffing Struggles

For decades Carol Durusau has been a staple at the children's desk of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. It was not unusual to see her dressed up, dancing with children, acting out the stories in the books and speaking with children and parents about which book would fit perfectly with each child. But since the spring, her desk has been empty - in fact, it has been removed. And although Durusau has not been cut, the position of a full-time children's librarian has been, leaving many parents upset and concerned about the future of the library. But ...

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Democratic dinner to be held Saturday

The Newton and Rockdale County Democratic Parties will host the inaugural Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Saturday, Aug. 4.

August 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen arrested for showing juveniles porn

A teenage girl who called deputies to report that she was a victim of sexual battery was arrested and charged with providing juveniles with pornography, as well as filing a false police report.

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton to have two runoff elections

The Primary Election is over, but two races have yet to be decided and some Newton County voters will have to head back out to the polls for an August runoff election if they want to have a final say.

August 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman attacked at hotel

Covington police spoke to a woman at the Newton Medical Center on Tuesday night that said she was injured when another woman attacked her behind a hotel. The woman said on Sunday night while standing in the back parking lot of Covington Lodge located on City Pond Road, a woman named Teontea walked up to her and started yelling and pushing her. She said as Teontea stepped backwards, her foot slipped off the sidewalk. She said Teontea then left. According to the police report, the woman had several bruises on both of her arms.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Chick-fil-A supporters flock to restaurant

An army of supporters stood in long lines Wednesday at the Covington Chick-fil-A using their orders of chicken and fries to defend the restaurant chain.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister, declared Wednesday "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day."

August 02, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


From the Battle of the Bulge to magistrate judge

During the Depression, young men in Atlanta picked prestigious Boys High School (now Grady H.S.) to groom their aptitudes for a college education. John Campbell graduated from Boys in 1939. After high school, he worked for Standard Oil on Marietta Street while attending night school at Atlanta Junior College (now Georgia State). He participated in both ROTC programs.

"I met my future wife Rebecca in college," Campbell said. "But after Pearl Harbor, I knew I'd be called up." He was. Campbell received training as an anti-aircraft gunner at Camp Maxey, Texas, and was chosen for Officer Candidate School ...

July 31, 2012 | Pete Mecca | LOCAL


Primary Election Results

Results are below for the 2012 Newton County Primaries. Click on the name of the race to read more about the winning candidate and their reaction.

July 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Teen stabbed in parking lot during fight

A teen was reportedly stabbed after several fights broke out in the parking lot of Communication Workers-America early Monday morning.

July 31, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Water restored to residents after four days without

Water was restored on Tuesday afternoon to residents of Alcovy Mobile Home Park, after tenants complained to their landlord about being without running water for four days when a water pump stopped working on Friday.

July 31, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Q&A for state representative 113 race

As part of The News' last minute election coverage, below is a Q&A with the candidates for the District 113 state represenative seat, a race that will be decided in the primary.

July 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Campaign contributions for state races

Who's giving money to whom?

July 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water restored for Mobile home park without water

Update: As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, water has been restored for residents at Alcovy Mobile Home Park. Maintenance manager Gary Drake said the pump has been repaired and residents can now use their water. Drake said he advised everyone in the community to boil their water for the next couple of days to ensure its clean and not contaminated.

July 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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