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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


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


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GOP Sheriff candidates face off at event

One thing the two Republican candidates running for sheriff agree on: current Sheriff Ezell Brown is lacking in the leadership necessary to run the office.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Voters League to host meet and greet

The Newton County Voters League is once again active and has taken the ambitious step of hosting a meet and greet for all county, state and federal candidates who represent Newton County.

June 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local landlord hit with 8 violations

A local landlord was fined after a judge found him responsible on eight different code violations for a rental property in Porterdale, where, among other things, was infested with cockroaches and the doors would not latch.

June 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Heat of the Night 5K race a success

Newton County Home Builders held their annual Heat of the Night 5K race in Covington recently. With all the runners gathering together at the start point at 7p.m., the heat held off as the clouds and approaching storm brought in a cool breeze and a wonderful evening to run the 5K Heat of the Night race. The final awards were announced to all first, second and third-place runners in 15 different gender age groups. The Wheeler family (pictured) took home five trophies.

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jail Log: June 26, 2012

Carlos Alberto Castro, 29, 80 Fairway Drive, Covington, June 14. No seat belts, driving while license suspended or revoked, first offense, bench warrant (theft by shoplifting).

June 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Ex makes harassing calls

A Covington man stated on Monday that his ex-girlfriend was allegedly threatening to "shoot the house up."

June 26, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Conyers The Y to anchor development

Local leaders got a peek Monday at the renewed effort by developers 4A International, which owns 600-plus acres of Conyers land south of Interstate 20, to design a community centered around healthy living anchored by a potential new Metro Atlanta the Y facility.

June 25, 2012 | | LOCAL


Two worlds take 21 years to bridge

Melissa Roster spent so much time with Glenn Hayes the past 21 years that his friends affectionately called her Mrs. Hayes. She took a little bit of time to get used to that title, but after yesterday, it's the one she officially goes by.

Roster and Hayes were married Saturday at Burnt Pines Plantation, ending a 21-year on-and-off courtship that saw a southern, country boy finally manage to woo his northern city girl.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


News, chamber to hold primary forum

Several local races will be contested in this year's primary election, two of which will be decided completely, and The Covington News and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce are hosting a forum for local contested races from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Center for Community Preservation and Planning, 2104 Washington St. Covington.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Road work closes lanes on 278

Drivers traveling U.S. Highway 278 in Covington during the work week could run into traffic delays as construction on the highway's medians and turn lanes will close one lane in each direction for the next handful of months.

June 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Citations issued for last month’s bus crash

Four drivers involved in the school bus crash on Interstate 20 last month were issued citations for following too closely by the Georgia State Patrol Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Oxford resident earns Human Resources certification

Elizabeth VanTassell, HR Manager, SRG Global recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Morgan apologizes over Cook Road

Board of Commissioner Chairwoman Kathy Morgan apologized Tuesday night for possibly not following county policy in wrongfully authorizing a repair project on Cook Road.

June 23, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County Chairman earns certification

Kathy Morgan, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive economic development finance training series.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Cat talk leads to catfight

An argument over a cat led to two women getting into a physical altercation Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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