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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


Man robs Chevron gas station in Covington

An armed robbery occurred at the Almon Road Chevron Saturday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

August 20, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Study: Oconee Metal not too noisy

The Covington city council heard a presentation from a study conducted by Vibra-Tech, which hired it to test the noise and vibration levels produced from the car shredding machine at Oconee Metal Recovery on Washington Street.

June 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Rep. Scott takes stand for 4th amendment

U.S. Congressman Austin Scott, GA-08, recently authored and introduced H.R. 5925, Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act of 2012. This legislation would ensure that the use of domestic drones does not infringe on an American's Fourth Amendment rights. Rep. Scott offered the following comments upon introducing the legislation:

"H.R. 5925 would require the government to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in the United States. Recognizing that there are situations where the use of drones is both necessary and appropriate, my bill aims to balance privacy concerns and the ability to harness drone technology for ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices fall 3.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.29/gal yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Atlanta during the past week, prices yesterday were 28.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 17.6 cents per ...

June 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs - June 20

An alleged gunshot heard behind the old Ozone bar and grill led to law enforcement seizing drugs from inside a man's vehicle on Monday.

June 19, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Dinah Watts Pace: a Covington legend

On a tree-lined street in Covington, just a stone's throw from the hurly-burly of the Interstate, time slows to the pace of an earlier era. The air is thick and unhurried and cicadas drawl their summer songs they way they did more than 125 years ago when the street's namesake - a light-complexioned woman with serious eyes - first stepped into town.

June 19, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fazio: Is the future of football changing?

Baseball is America's favorite pastime.

June 19, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Should Newton support the T-SPLOST?

Years after Atlanta's population boom, local voters have grown weary of the region's traffic snarls, while at the same time becoming ever more leery of government's attempts to raise taxes in the wake of lingering effects from the housing market collapse and economic recession.

June 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Anonymous blogger hearings today

Motions are scheduled to be heard today in the civil case of Alcovy High School Principal LaQuanda Carpenter versus several anonymous bloggers and District 1 Board Representative Jeff Meadors. (Follow the hearings live on Twitter.)

June 16, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn starts work on downtown park

Newborn officials have begun work on a downtown park to continue efforts to build a tight-knit community and make the downtown a true community gathering spot.

June 16, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public supports alcohol by the drink

The public had a chance to comment before the Newton County Board of Commissioners this week on the proposed alcohol by the drink ordinance.

June 16, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - June 17

Jose Alonzo-Delasiera, 38, Lumpkin, June 12. Back for court.

June 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime briefs for June 17

A disgruntled customer allegedly threatened a Raceway attendant with a pink Taser on Wednesday evening after being asked for his ID.

June 16, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


GOP BOC District 5 forum Tuesday

Patriot's Table, a local Tea Party organization, is hosting a political forum for Republican candidates running for the District 5 Board of Commissioners seat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the Covington Branch Library, 7116 Floyd Street NE.

June 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Businessman seeks House Dist. 109

Republican Dale Rutledge of McDonough is seeking to oust incumbent Rep. Steve Davis to represent State House District 109.

Rutledge said Rep. Davis' past actions in office are one of the main reasons he is seeking election.

June 16, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Bobby Sigman gets 7 years probation

Former Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman took a plea deal Thursday, receiving seven years probation and $2,000 in fines and surcharges as a result of felony charges stemming from his October 2011 arrest for allegedly paying a person to steal the campaign signs of his opponent.

June 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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