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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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BOC approve three grants applications

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown requested the board allow the sheriff's office to apply for a $42,556 grant from General Mills.

June 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


BOC candidate Flanagan has criminal past

Anthony Flanagan, who is running as a Democrat for the District 3 Newton County Board of Commissioners seat, served prison time for aggravated assault in Rockdale County in the early 90s and has had several financial troubles, according to public records.

June 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Sunflower Festival begins June 30

The West Family will celebrate their 75th anniversary as they welcome visitors to the sunflower farm.

June 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Family dispute gets violent

When Covington police entered an Oak Street apartment Wednesday morning, they found three females crouched on the floor and two men, one with blood on his face and chest area.

June 07, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Uncovering creativity

Colin McGowan, a second grader from Mansfield Elementary School, works on his coloring skills at the Newton County Arts Association's Creative Kids Camp. Activities include arts and crafts, instruments and vocal classes, along with drama classes and much more. Kids from rising first graders through sixth graders were allowed to attend the camp for a week of fun.

June 07, 2012 | William Brawley | LOCAL


VIDEO: Denzel Washington in Covington

Above is the premiere trailer for the Denzel Washington film "Flight," scenes of which were filmed at Green Valley Farms on U.S. Highway 278 last October.

June 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington mom pushes for heart testing

COVINGTON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia hospitals may be required to test all newborns for congenital heart defects after a Covington mom's efforts to push legislation for pulse oximetry screenings-- a painless, under one-minute test which requires doctors to place a small device on a newborn's toe or finger to check blood oxygen levels and heart rates.

June 06, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water main break on Monticello Street

A water main break closed Monticello Street from Pennington Street to Conyers Street for a few hours last Tuesday.

June 06, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Newton's Native American heritage

A lot of who we are today can be traced back to who our ancestors were. The quest of delving into the past to find our ancestors is not a new activity but genealogy as a hobby has definitely gain popularity with such easy access to records and archives that can be found on various Internet databases and other genealogy websites dedicated to helping people trace their lineage.

June 05, 2012 | Nhi Ho | LOCAL


Ga.’s oldest active police officer honored

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored Jack Simpson, 88, the oldest active police officer in the state of Georgia on Tuesday.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Water rates raised for fourth year

Water customers in Newton County and its cities will pay higher water prices for the third or fourth straight year beginning in July, thanks to stricter regulations and more expensive materials that are driving up costs even in a depressed economy.

Newton County's government produces water through its operation of the Lake Varner reservoir and then sells that water to the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, Covington and other cities.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former candidate to be arraigned

Former Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman will be formally arraigned on charges stemming from allegedly paying someone to steal current-Mayor Ronnie Johnston's campaign signs in October.

A grand jury true billed the charged of making a false statement, criminal trespass (two counts) and theft by taking (two counts) in May.

June 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Civic center talks pick up in Baxter wake

The long-awaited Covington civic center isn't close to being built as the project lacks funding and a firm site, but talks have renewed following the arrival of mega-medical industry Baxter International and a new site option that would also house a proposed agricultural center.

June 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Barcode fraud costs Home Depot

On June 1 at roughly 7:30 a.m., Covington police responded to the a shoplifting at the Home Depot on Industrial Park Boulevard.

June 05, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Lions Club gives away bikes

Each year the Oxford Lions award a bicycle to a boy and girl from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades at Flint Hill Elementary School whom the teachers have chosen as the most improved students. Pilot Club provided the helmets.

June 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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