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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


Chairman says commissioners “blackmailed” him

In a document submitted to The Covington News, on Tuesday, Newton County Commission Chair Keith Ellis said District 2 Commissioner Lanier Sims and District 5 ...

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


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


A look at the hidden costs of a DUI

The red and blue lights flash in the rearview mirror. The driver, even befuddled, knows that that means.

August 22, 2016 | Sandra Brands | 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


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Maldonado guilty on all counts

It took eight days to try the case against Pablo Maldonado but less than an hour for a jury to convict the 25-year-old of the murder of 53-year-old Tim Clements.

August 31, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sylvia Shy: A fighter to the end

Family members and friends will say goodbye and celebrate the life of Sylvia Shy, 57, on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Richard's Chapel United Methodist Church.

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Woman killed in car accident

Authorities are still investigating the death of an as-yet unidentified female, killed in a single car accident around 4 p.m. Thursday.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, defense rest in Maldonado trial

The evidence in the death penalty trial against accused murderer Pablo Maldonado rested Thursday afternoon without the defendant taking the stand to testify.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hundreds could save on flood insurance

Floods aren't a common occurrence these days in drought-stricken Georgia, but they still happen, like the 2009 flood, and certain homeowners still have to worry about flood insurance.

August 30, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office goes green

Newton County Sheriff's Office announced recently the implementation of a Green Cleaning program at their facilities in Covington.

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Heartland Woman’s Club attends conference

Heartland Woman's Club members Debbie Pohl, Rachel Gonter and Debbie Vanderbunt attended the Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the University of Georgia campus in Athens.

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


A clearer understanding of Obama

Two weeks ago, I told my wife Molly that I wasn't going to spend the weekend doing Honey Do's especially around the yard. Honestly, I should say I requested this, since I was still suffering from a poison ivy infection on my feet received from picking up sticks in the woods from the weekend before. Molly is very particular about our woods.

She suggested that we go to see the movie "2016" based on the award winning book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

August 30, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Tech Trends: From digital to tangible

Everything is digital now. Your camera is digital: images stored on hard drives and viewed on computer screens. Your books are digital: thousands of e-Books are stored on devices like Kindles. Movies and TV shows are digital: streamed from online services like Netflix or iTunes.

The Internet age has ushered in a whole new way of buying and consuming media. It's pretty much all digital, and therefore it's all instantly obtainable. I love it. When I go out to take photographs with my digital camera, I can then go back to my computer and instantly see the results ...

August 30, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


Homeless man charged with sexual battery

A 32-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday, and charged with the sexual battery of a 20-year-old female.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS graduate wins scholarship

Eastside High School 2012 graduate Maya Ann Collins has been named a 2012 Buick Scholarship recipient. As one of only 100 national Buick Achievement scholarship winners, Collins will receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years, to go toward her college tuition. She is planning on pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and bimolecular engineering at Georgia Tech. She also plans on completing the school's Ph.D. program in hopes of becoming a professional engineer.

Supported by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers program is one of the largest scholarship programs in ...

August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother convicted of ’07 murder of infant

Five years after her 5-week-old Malay Yvette Chandler died, her mother Quanitta Yvette Turner has been convicted of murdering the newborn.

Immediately after the baby's death, Turner told investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that she had accidentally rolled over on the baby while sleeping, but when the child started to cry, she woke up.

August 30, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices reach record highs for ’12

Yuvette Lowe, a Covington resident, said she "didn't have the right words to answer," when asked about her thoughts of the recent jump in gas prices.

August 30, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Woman stabs boyfriend; man arrested

Covington police responded to a call about an assault at a home located at Jefferson Village Boulevard on Tuesday night. They spoke with a woman who said she stabbed her boyfriend Demetrius Victor with a knife after he hit her in the eye and knocked her down. The woman said she stabbed Victor out of self defense. According to the report, she had blood running down the right side of her face, her right eye was swollen and she had a small cut on the inside part of her nose. She was taken to Newton Medical Center by her friend ...

August 30, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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August 30, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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