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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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Benton House crowns new queen

Benton House of Covington assisted living has a special community tradition that gives senior residents the opportunity to sparkle, smile and shine in the spotlight. Saturday, May 19 marked the third annual Ms. Benton House pageant at the assisted living community that is home to around sixty seniors in Covington. Director of Activities Betty Britt coordinated this event. Britt said seven lovely seniors all over the age of seventy-five answered questions from three local judges on topics like the best advice for young mothers and the contestants modeled sparkly gowns. The 2012 Contestants include residents:

• Barbara Stokes

May 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lassiter: 4 stars for Alice in Wonderland

The Arts Association-Newton County presented Covington Regional Ballet's "Alice in Wonderland" at the Olive Swann Porter Hall Auditorium the first weekend in May. The dancers converged on stage from Mainstream Dance and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre thus creating the Covington Regional Ballet.

May 22, 2012 | Christy A. Lassiter | LOCAL


Waffle House standoff backs up I-20

A standoff at the Waffle House on Evan's Mill Road in Lithonia had Interstate 20 backed up and area streets closed Tuesday around 3 p.m. Out of at least two suspects holed up in the Waffle House, one was apprehended and one fled to a nearby parking lot where he held a gun to his head, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

May 22, 2012 | | LOCAL


Kimble: Rotary experience: it’s a small world after all

We had the opportunity to travel thousands of miles in the largest Rotary district in the world, while our Group Study Exchange counterparts toured north Georgia, including Covington.

I met hundreds of people along the way, and experienced Australia in a way few people have the opportunity.

May 22, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


BOC has budget consensus, no tax hike

The Newton County Board of Commissioners reached an informal consensus at Monday's work session to approve a $44.89 million budget that remains unchanged from its original proposal.

May 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Total hurt in school bus collision at 65

Sixty-five people, many of them Burke County Middle School students, were treated for injuries at local hospitals Saturday after a chain collision involving six school buses and a passenger car on I-20 westbound near mile marker 98.

May 21, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Morgan to seek chairman re-election

After months of deliberation about whether to run under a revised form of government, county Chairman Kathy Morgan said Friday she will seek re-election in an effort to move the county forward as the economy begins to improve.

May 21, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four men in ‘meth murder’ re-arraigned

The four men charged in the 2009 murder of 38-year-old Andrew Nichols have been re-arraigned on charges against them by District Attorney Layla Zon, in an effort to keep the same core charges but make the indictment tighter.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NMC hopes for more birth business

Birth care centers are often young women's and couples' first introduction to a hospital, and if the experience is a good one, a hospital can benefit from repeat business down the road.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan to seek chairman re-election

After months of deliberation about whether to run under a revised form of government, county Chairman Kathy Morgan said Friday she will seek re-election in an effort to move the county forward as the economy begins to improve.

May 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GPC campuses won't close, cuts possible

Though no final decisions have been made, interim Georgia Perimeter College president Rob Watts offered good news, no campuses will be closed, and bad news, personnel cuts are likely, during a Friday speech.

May 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Quadriplegic out of jail because of cost

The charges against one of the men charged in the shooting death of 34-year-old Calvin Kentrell Banks in the summer of 2009, has received a dead docket, meaning the case will not move forward at this time.

May 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man’s best friend saves lives

A parade of motorcycles rolled down the streets of Porterdale with flags attached to the back waving, bearing the names of police dogs that fell in the line of duty this past year.

The fourth annual K-9 Memorial Police Benefit Motorcycle Ride raised money through an auction for the purchase of safety equipment for K-9 police teams in Georgia. The fundraiser auctioned off police and dog related items like a gun cleaning kit, dog leashes and dog treats.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Blakeslee: Using the census to find relatives

During this past Mother's Day Sunday, did you record some fascinating stories told by your relatives at your gathering this weekend? Do you have any questions about one of my top 13 free sites? Were you able to talk about the site, werelate.org, with relatives?

Let's talk this week about the next three free websites on my list:

May 19, 2012 | Ellen Blakeslee Columnist | LOCAL


More than 50 injured in school bus wreck

More than 50 adults and students were checked for injuries at local hospitals Saturday after a chain collision involving six school buses and a passenger car on I-20 Westbound near mile marker 98.

May 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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