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Newton Campus Dean Johnny Jones and GPTC part ways

Johnny D. Jones started as Campus Dean for Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) Newton Campus in January 2016. He said of that beginning, "I ...

October 16, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | LOCAL


Dozens attend underage drinking at town hall

A group of concerned community members, parents and students came together at Newton High School on Saturday, Sept. 17 to listen, learn and discuss about ...

October 16, 2016 | Hearts for families | LOCAL


Flapjacks for 4-H on coming this month

Members of the Newton County 4-H group are flipping flapjacks on Oct. 29 to earn money for 4-H camps and service projects.

October 16, 2016 | Terri Fullerton | LOCAL


Literacy is an important attribute for the entire community

Literacy is one of the primary skills needed to graduate high school, earn a college degree or land a decent job, yet, according to Newton ...

October 16, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Newton County extends trash center tag purchase deadline

Newton County extended the deadline to purchase vehicle tags for its trash collection convenience centers to Tuesday, Oct. 25.

October 14, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


A savory celebration

Thousands attended the annual Taste of Newton at the Porter Memorial Gym Thursday night.

October 13, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


State Route 142 widening contract awarded

A $13.6 million contract has been awarded to Southeastern Site Development, Inc., of Newnan, to widen and reconstruct additional lanes on State Route 142 ...

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas parade marches on Dec. 3

The Covington Lions' club Christmas Parade is one of Covington's richest Christmas traditions, and those interested in being part of the event can register ...

October 13, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Georgia Piedmont Technical College to host law enforcement career fair

A career fair for aspiring deputies and officers will be held at the Law Enforcement Academy of Georgia Piedmont Technical (GPTC), 8100 Bob Williams Parkway ...

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSS offers free workshop for families of special needs students

Newton County School System (NCSS) offers "Come Together! Workshop for Families of Special Needs Students," featuring a presentation entitled, "Get Ready Now: Graduation Requirements."

October 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington looks at three types of SPLOST projects

At a work session held Monday night, the Covington City Council and staff talked about the city's proposed 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales ...

October 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Chamber of Commerce ‘voice is strong and growing’

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce has seen growth in membership, area jobs, Main Street program businesses and tourism revenue within the last year.

October 12, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Patriot Guard rider on the lookout for “Lil Bear”

James Royster has used his love for riding his motorcycle to help others in a time of grief.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Newton hospital to become tobacco and smoke-free campus

Piedmont Newton Hospital will be a tobacco and smoke-free campus starting Nov. 17.

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Red Cross to conduct Home Fire Campaigns

The Red Cross of Georgia will look to set the record for the highest number of smoke alarms installed in a single day during more ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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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 mosque and Muslim cemetery were coming to the area.

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 of Commissioners (BOC), asking them to remove the five-week moratorium on permits for places of worship.

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 first certifications by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) during the 2016 Fire Services Conference held in Augusta.

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 told months ago by the district attorney that there was no evidence of the crime.

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 daily work hours are 5 p.m. through 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

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 within "its Constitutional and statutory authority" when it adopted a five-week moratorium on permits for places of worship during its Aug. 16 meeting.

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 within "its Constitutional and statutory authority" when it adopted a five-week moratorium on permits for places of worship during its Aug. 16 meeting.

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 board of commission meeting Aug. 16.

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 night to voice their opinions and concern about a proposed mosque and cemetery in Newton County.

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 for places of worship by the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC).

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 Sheriff's Office (NCSO).

August 22, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | 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 zoning ordinances and Atlanta media descending on the Newton County Historic Courthouse last week.

August 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | 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 Tuesday night's meeting at the Newton County Historic Courthouse was put on hold after commissioner J.C. Henderson said he was not informed of the move in advance.

August 21, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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