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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


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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County Chairman earns certification

Kathy Morgan, Chairman of the Newton County Board of Commissioners received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council. EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive economic development finance training series.

June 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Cat talk leads to catfight

An argument over a cat led to two women getting into a physical altercation Thursday.

June 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Berry, berry good

When Bill and Carolyn Kitchen moved to Social Circle from Tucker 30 years ago, they never would have guessed the few blueberry bushes they planted would turn into a full blueberry farm years later.

June 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Local food bank lacking donations

The Community Food Pantry is currently looking for donations to feed families around Covington. They cater to Newton County residents who are lacking food and other supplies.

June 23, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Two men accidentally shot

Andrew Boree stated that he was at the gun range on Hamby Lane Sunday when he was hit with shotgun pellets. John Bezbourne was also injured.

Boree stated Johnny Austin was shooting clay birds with a 12 gauge shotgun when the incident occurred.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Pregnant women fight at Kroger

Two pregnant women said they were allegedly assaulted by each other at the Kroger on Ga. Highway 20S.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Sunshine in their hearts

At Camp Sunshine, 17-year-old Jessika Douglas of Covington is an ordinary teenage girl. She's not different because she's in remission from T-cell leukemia. She's not different because she has neuropathy in her ankle from the disease.

June 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man arrested for child molestation

A 20-year-old Loganville man was arrested and charged with child molestation early Tuesday morning.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home in the Settlers Grove neighborhood just after 3 a.m. Tuesday. Once there, they met with the mother of a 12-year-old girl who said she had last seen her daughter around 11 p.m. before heading to bed. When the child's father woke up around 2:30 a.m. to check on the children, he noticed his daughter was not downstairs with the rest of them. Upon checking her bedroom, he found her bed ...

June 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Letting out their inner star

For lovers of "Glee" and others who dream of their name in lights, the Musical Theater Camp is beginning this summer for grades 4th-12th.

The camp will run from July 9-20, at Newton High School in the Porter Auditorium. Participants will receive training in three areas: voice, acting and dancing.

June 21, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Political forum to be held Tuesday

Newton County citizens will have an opportunity to learn more about the candidates for Board of Commissioners District 1 and sheriff from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Mansfield Community Center.

June 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Park news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Citations issued in school bus crash

The Georgia State Patrol today issued citations to four drivers involved in the May 19 school bus crash on Interstate 20 in Newton County that injured 61 people.

June 21, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves $44.89 million budget

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $44.89 million budget for the 2012-2013 year Tuesday and voted to keep the millage rate at its current 10.91 rate, but did not promise to devote any additional revenue to economic development.

June 20, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Anonymous bloggers remain so for now

The anonymous bloggers will be allowed to remain so for now, according to a ruling by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, who also ordered Stephanie Lindsey, attorney for Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter, to notify the bloggers of the lawsuit.

June 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Main Street moves office to city building

Main Street Covington will soon be moving its offices into the Covington's planning and zoning building next to city hall, after the Covington City Council decided not to pay the organization's rent and utility costs at the 2104 Washington St. building owned by Rob Fowler III.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City budget approved with no fanfare

Without hesitation or discussion, the Covington city council unanimously approved the 2012-2013 budget.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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