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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Fight at QT ends in arrest

A male and female were fighting outside the U.S. Highway 278 QuikTrip on Saturday, when police arrived.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


4th of July contingency plans

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, many residents of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, and Social Circle are left wondering whether or not the festivities for the Fourth of July will go on as planned.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Sunday fire still smoldering

A fire at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority on Alcovy Road is still smoldering, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Tony Smith.

July 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington Celebrates Fourth of July

Even a little rain could not stop the City of Covington from throwing a grand celebration Sunday for the Fourth of July. Citzens from Newton, Rockdale, and surrounding areas poored out to the Covington square to participate in what would turn out to be a night full of fun and excitment.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cut cable disrupts local phone service

Parts of Porterdale and Covington are without use of their landlines due to a drilling mistake.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sweet American treats

When you say Fourth of July, most people immediately think of fireworks, parades and grilling. Since anything I put on a grill ends up charred on the outside and still quivering and raw on the inside, I have always been a fan of the easier Independence Day fare. Below you will find child-friendly (and super tasty) recipes to help celebrate in style - even if you can't cook a burger on the grill.

June 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man breaks window, suspects cheating

Antonio Hubert allegedly broke Tricia Terry's window on Thursday morning after he allegedly suspected she was talking to another man.

Terry told police she and Hubert had been drinking before the incident and Hubert had left the house.

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Find the right software

Let's continue this week with the different highlights of each of the free software.

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June 30, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee | LOCAL


5 things to do this summer

If you are looking to get out of town this summer but don't want to feel the burn in your pocket, there are some places around Covington that offer a perfect day out with the family.

According to Caitlin Dewey of Kipling.com, Atlanta is number three on the list titled, "10 Cheapest Cities You'll Want to Visit" this summer. Dewey highlights the great culinary scene and amazing tourism spots. With the world's busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson being located in Atlanta, the city has become a major draw for people looking for a cheap vacation, according to Dewey ...

June 30, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


General Mills layoffs to affect Newton County

The announcement of layoffs by General Mills will impact Newton County, though it is unclear how much.

According to General Mills' spokeswoman Bridget Christenson, who said the company does not go into details about the impact by location, "there are a handful of individuals who have been impacted" at the Covington facility.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Temperature to reach 109 degrees today

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to remain above 100 degrees today with sunshine and not a cloud in the sky for the day.

June 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Singles try sense of smell to find love

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven't ruled it out.

June 29, 2012 | AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | LOCAL


See videos from Thursday's forum

The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum for local contested races Thursday night before a packed house at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning.

June 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local promoted to two-star general

For most of his life, Les Carroll has served his country.

June 28, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Celebrate 4th of July all over Newton

A parade, fireworks and good ol'fashion family fun are planned in Newton County for the Fourth of July. Here's the lowdown on events happening all over the county.

June 28, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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