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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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Warm weather brings more DUI arrests

The Newton County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department reported eight arrests for driving under the influence and several noise complaints this Memorial Day weekend.

With the warmer weather, police departments do not expect the increase in DUI arrests and noise complaints to lessen.

May 31, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Meet Social Circle’s new superintendent

Longtime Atlanta-area principal and former Social Circle educator Todd McGhee is returning to Social Circle City Schools as its new superintendent.

The Social Circle Board of Education chose McGhee last week to man the school system's top spot and replace longtime Superintendent Bettye Ray, who is retiring June 30. He received a three-year contract with an annual salary of $138,500.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


7 structure fires over holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for the Newton County Fire Department, which ran a total of 68 calls from Friday evening through Monday evening.

Of those calls, seven were for structure fires, three of which were total losses. The first occurred Saturday around 1 a.m. on Cornish Mountain Road. Firefighters arrived within five minutes of the call and found the home fully engulfed. With the nearest fire hydrant roughly a mile and a half away, the 10,000-square foot home was a total loss in both property and contents. Homeowners were out of town for the ...

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water authority to raise rates in July

Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority customers should expect to see their monthly bill increase almost $1.50. The increase will be used to bring the water system up to regulatory requirements, replace worn out equipment and combat the increased costs of purchasing water.

For the average household that consumes 5,000 gallons of water per month, the monthly increase will be $1.43. For customers receiving water and wastewater service, the monthly increase will be $3.79 based on the same usage.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lower county ISO could save you money

Newton County's Fire Service improved its Insurance Services Office rating this year which could lead to lower insurance payments for some residents.

May 31, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nonprofit hosts Jazz by the River

Newton County's not known for its vibrant night life, but next Friday, residents will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic dinner by candlelight on the banks of the Yellow River while listening to the soothing sounds of jazz music.

The Washington Street Community Center, a local nonprofit group, is hosting its annual Jazz by the River concert fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, at the Porterdale Mill Lofts. The doors open at 6 p.m.

May 31, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Team “Pinkalicious” to hold family fun day

On a bright Saturday, the ladies of Team Pinkalicious brought food, games and prizes to Covington.

May 31, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Tech trends: Twitter tips

All aboard the Twitter train! The tiny "microblogging" service that lets people send out short, 140-character posts known as "tweets" is one of the most popular social networks out there. As of 2012, there are over 140 million active users, who generate over 340 million tweets a day.

In my experience, people seem divided into two camps when it comes to Twitter: those who use it and those who don't "get it." I'm firmly in the pro-Twitter camp. I love it. I use it to get news, for entertainment and to interact with various people, both people I ...

May 31, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Man enters WWII in waning months

As a young 17-year-old man, Covington resident Bill Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the waning months of World War II in April 1945, and though he thought he'd entered a war, Henderson ended being a part of the world's recovery.

May 29, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 4.8 cents in last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 26.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 15.7 cents per ...

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fuzz Run seeks sponsors, participants

September may seem worlds away right now, but before long it will be here, bringing with it the 29th annual Fuzz Run, so now is the time to start signing up to participate or to donate to or become a sponsor of the fundraiser.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local Sawyer to run for state rep 113

Newton County resident Sharon Sawyer has qualified for the newly drawn District 113 for the Georgia House of Representatives.

May 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale Police start landlord association

In an effort to open the lines of communication between landlords and the city with the goal of improving the rental properties within the city, the Porterdale Police Department has established the Porterdale Landlord's Association.

The main goals of the association will be to improve the quality of the rental properties and therefore, the quality of life for tenants. There will be classes offered for landlords to learn the city's codes, as well as how to deal with those and other related topics.

May 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Dimsdale runs for BOC office

The last person to announce for the crowded District 5 Newton County Board of Commissioners race is also the only one to previously serve on the board, as Republican Ronnie Dimsdale was District 2 commissioner for eight years.

May 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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