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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


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


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Brawley: iCloud

The cloud. It's a term that's been floating around (forgive the pun) in the technology arena for a few years now, but it's being talked about more and more now. So, what exactly is "the cloud" and "cloud computing?"

Chances are, if you use a computer and the Internet, you've had some interaction with cloud computing without even realizing it. Let me tell why the cloud is pretty awesome.

July 12, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Painting through summer

This summer, young artist have the opportunity to learn fine art skills that could last them a lifetime. Southern Heartland Art Gallery is offering its last summer art camp on July 16-19 for participants ages 6 through 12.

Ann Wildmon, Camp Director and one of the 18 artists working at the gallery, said these promising young artists will learn different fine art techniques. Campers will not be occupied with simple crafts involving macaroni and glue.

July 12, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Democratic candidates speak at forum

Job growth and recovering from a troubled economy echoed as some of the needs for Newton County from candidates discussing their platforms at a two-hour political forum held Tuesday night.

July 12, 2012 | Danielle Everson Special to The News | LOCAL


Baseball movie filming in Social Circle

Old-time baseball is coming to Social Circle Friday, as Legendary Entertainment is filming the final two scenes of the upcoming Jackie Robinson-inspired movie "42."

Crews will be filming at a private home and in downtown Social Circle at the corner of Cherokee Road and East Hightower Trail, according to a production letter to area residents and merchants.

July 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


End of era for pharmacies

In their hey-day, independently-owned pharmacies filled Covington, offering their customers personalized service, home delivery, charge accounts and a community gathering spot.

July 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chemical spill at Nisshinbo

Fire officials have been called to Nisshinbo North America off Ga. Highway 142, after several hundred gallons of hydrogen peroxide spilled out of a container that was being loaded onto a truck.

July 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - July 11

An unidentified person allegedly spray painted the sidewalk in front of the Newton County Library on Friday.

July 10, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


The News kicks off election poll series

The Covington News is dedicating its online poll to the primary election for the next month as it tries to gauge how voters are feeling with early voting starting Monday and the election taking place July 31.

July 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Salem Campmeeting calendar

Daily July 12 through July 13

July 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Murder suspects could face execution

District Attorney Layla Zon will seek the death penalty against Brawny Jarvis McCollough and Jonathan Michael Henderson, the two men charged in the February shooting death of a woman and her wheelchair-bound nephew.

July 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Domestic violence shelter damaged

For the first time in its history Project ReNeWal, the domestic violence shelter for women and children, has been closed due to extensive water damage that not only destroyed much of the building, but all of the contents inside as well.

July 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local boy's poster moves to nationals

Many people often say home is where the heart is, but to eight-year-old Flint Hill elementary student Keyon Davis, home means much more.

July 07, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


A ‘River of Words’

The Newton County Library System will host the "River of Words" display, a free international poetry and art contest on the theme of watersheds, from July 2-14.

July 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - July 8

A Covington woman reported a fraudulent call Tuesday after someone called to tell her she had won $6 million, a Mercedes Benz and a flat screen TV.

July 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Project ReNeWal closed after flooding from sprinkler

Project ReNeWal, the local domestic violence shelter, is in dire need after a sprinkler malfunction dumped 18,000 gallons of water on the facility, ruining a two-story building and all the facility's donated supplies.

July 06, 2012 | | LOCAL


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