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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


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


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Student has knife at school to cut fruit

A Newton County deputy was called to Flint Hill Elementary School after a school administrator was informed that a student was in possession of a knife.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

A grin comes to Martha McLendon's aged face as three of her great-granddaughters run to her chair. The smallest crawls up in her lap and the other two shower her with kisses and hugs.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local career center to see more traffic

The Covington Career Center will see more traffic this summer after the state decided to consolidate operations and close the nearby Monroe Career Center June 30, along with six other centers across the state.

April 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three arrested for brawling in ballpark

Covington police responded to a report of a fight at the ball fields of the Turner Lake Complex.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Sex offenses on the rise locally, in Ga.

Brandon Wiggins pleaded guilty to molesting his two stepsisters, one was consensual, and the other was by force. Donald Waite was found guilty of the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old child. And a former college professor pleaded guilty to obscene Internet contact.

April 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man accused of molesting partner’s child

Henry Eugene Glover Smith was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with the molestation of his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter.

April 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henderson thinks jail time unfair

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson is regularly serving jail time because of his son's failure to report for mandatory juvenile court programs, a sentence which Henderson feels is unfair to him as a parent.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Miracle field site could draw events

Officials with the Miracle League of Newton County unveiled a new design recently that will not only reduce costs but is also expected to make the facility a more attractive venue for large community events.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ready to show their skills

More than 500 local youth and young adults will participate in the Newton County Special Olympics.

In Newton County, the athletes train and compete in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, bowling, roller skating, horseback riding, power lifting, golf, field and track, developmental sports and wheelchair activities.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Three men arrested for loitering after smoking marijuana in car

Covington police arrested three men for loitering and prowling in front on an empty house for sale.

When the officer approached the car, he noticed that the inside of the Nissan Maxima was smoky and smelled of marijuana.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man hit in head with pipe by mechanic

A man was hit in the head with a pipe after confronting a mechanic who was cussing at his girlfriend.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Migrant workers detained briefly

Dozens of migrant workers on their way to work in the tobacco fields of North Carolina were detained Thursday morning, after a passerby on Interstate 20 saw what they thought was someone being forced into the undercarriage of one of the workers' charter buses and called 911.

April 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Volunteers to landscape homeless shelter

Volunteers with Kohl's in Conyers, led by local resident Donna Sneed, are hoping to beautify the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle on April 26.

Sneed hopes to erect a sign at the street entrance to the shelter and landscape and plant flowers around the sign, in addition to putting potted flowers at the entrance to each of the shelter's buildings and planters along the side of some of the buildings. She also hopes to get the shelter's playground equipment repaired.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


11th annual Cheerios Challenge next Saturday

The 11th annual Covington Cheerios Challenge will be held Saturday, April 21, at the YMCA on Newton Drive.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County budget rises first time in 4 years

Property tax revenues for the county continue to decline, yet for the first time in four years the county's budget is actually projected to increase.

April 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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