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Social Circle police investigate local shooting

A man was shot inside of Sycamore Grill in Social Circle early Sunday morning, according to the Social Circle Police Department.

August 28, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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 ...

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


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Tax-free weekend details

Newton County residents will be able to stretch their wallets a little further this weekend, as Georgia will have its first tax-free holiday since 2009 this Friday and Saturday, according to Associated Press reports.

August 07, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Jail Log: Aug. 8, 2012

Jennifer Marie Joyner, 29, Monticello, July 15. Public drunkenness.

August 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Woman hits husband

On Monday night a man told Covington police his wife hit him several times in their home. According to the report, police responded to the call about an assault happening at a residence on Hicks Avenue.

August 07, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


S.C. wins Dixie Boys opener

After two days, the Dixie Boys 2012 World Series opening game concluded with an offensive explosion.

August 05, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ga. gives Bear Creek reservoir $21M loan

The laborious path to get approval for the planned Bear Creek Reservoir in southeastern Newton County could finally end this year, after the state gave the project a de facto vote of confidence by awarding it a $21 million long-term, low-interest loan.

August 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ashton Hills Golf Club to open Aug. 14

Golf pro Bryan Raines kneeled down to inspect the putting green. The specially created MiniVerde Bermuda grass was taking root, spreading and thatching to create a smooth surface. The green had been dusted with sand, the fine grains of which find their way into crevices to fill in any imperfections.

August 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Unveil Yellow River’s hidden gems

Residents interested in experiencing wildlife can participate in the event "Unveiling the Hidden Gems of Metro Atlanta" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept.15.

August 04, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


First day of school, why on a Friday?

Newton County students went back to school on a Friday this year, which left some students and parents befuddled; however, school officials said the first day being on Friday was simply a scheduling necessity.

August 04, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas in July for terminal patient

What has been a long hard battle against cancer for 68-year-old Shirley Moss now comes down to a few precious months left to spend with her family and friends.

August 04, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: A recap of local crimes

Dog feces found on equipment at a business

August 04, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Local has tie to Olympic gold medalist

Fay Hancock has had quite the month.

August 02, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


T-SPLOST failed; so now what?

Voters in Newton County, the Northeast Georgia Region and across Georgia struck down T-SPLOST Tuesday, leaving leaders to look at what went wrong and what to do next.

August 02, 2012 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Staffing Struggles

For decades Carol Durusau has been a staple at the children's desk of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street. It was not unusual to see her dressed up, dancing with children, acting out the stories in the books and speaking with children and parents about which book would fit perfectly with each child. But since the spring, her desk has been empty - in fact, it has been removed. And although Durusau has not been cut, the position of a full-time children's librarian has been, leaving many parents upset and concerned about the future of the library. But ...

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Democratic dinner to be held Saturday

The Newton and Rockdale County Democratic Parties will host the inaugural Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Piedmont Technical College on Saturday, Aug. 4.

August 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen arrested for showing juveniles porn

A teenage girl who called deputies to report that she was a victim of sexual battery was arrested and charged with providing juveniles with pornography, as well as filing a false police report.

August 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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