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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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Goetz: Painting the town

This Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., the city of Covington will be challenged to explore their artistic side during Southern Heartland Arts' first Spring Community Paint Out & Party at the Gallery.

Last year, for Spring Fling, Southern Heartland Arts put on a fashion show that had a satisfying turn-out of 200-300 people, but this year they opted to do something different. Wendy Harrington came up with the idea of the Paint Out.

April 10, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


BBQ fundraiser for stroke victim this Saturday

On Saturday, April 14, The Church at Covington will host a fundraiser for Jason Joyner. Family and friends have put together BBQ plates that consist of pulled-pork BBQ, buns, stew, slaw, chips and a cookie.

Tickets are being pre-sold for $10 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Joyner at (678) 270-0905. Extra plates will be sold at the event after all pre-ordered plates have been filled.

April 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Black Easter commemorated

Local black officials held the seventh annual commemoration of Black Easter Sunday on the square.

Elected officials and other community leaders spoke about events past and present as all remembered the civil rights march of 1970 in Covington.

April 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield resident to perform at Young Harris College

Young Harris College student Sam Wolaver, a junior music education major from Mansfield, will perform at the Young Harris College Jazz Band concert on Monday, April 16. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. Wolaver is a graduate of Eastside High School.

The Young Harris College Jazz Band will perform a variety of music covering all styles of the jazz genre. Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A., the ensemble guarantees an evening of entertaining instrumental music featuring several student solos.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox looking for volunteers

Operation Sandbox, the local charity organization which sends care packages to American troops overseas, is accepting applications for volunteers.

Each week, volunteers will be expected to meet every Wednesday to prepare the care packages to send overseas.

April 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Resurfacing to begin again Tues. on I-20

Pittman Construction expects to restart resurfacing work Tuesday on Interstate 20 between mile marker 102 and 105 in Morgan County, while weekend work in Newton County between mile marker 98 and 93.6 will run from 9 a.m. April 20 through 6 a.m. April 23.

April 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Churches hold Easter egg hunts

More than 10,000 plastic Easter eggs fell from the sky over the South Walton Recreation Complex in Social Circle Saturday.

April 08, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Humane Society to host Pet Fest

The Humane Society of Morgan County (HSMC) is excited to host its first "Paw Wash and Pet Fest" event on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Heritage Park in Madison. All pet owners and their animal companions are invited to enjoy a fun time with animal washing stations and numerous vendors on site. This is a family-oriented event and children are encouraged to attend.

April 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC reaches alcohol distance consensus

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally reached a consensus last weekend regarding minimum distances between alcohol-selling establishments and churches, libraries and schools, clearing one of the last major hurdles before a public vote on alcohol by the drink.

April 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local pastor travels to Ghana, Thailand

While Ronny Brannen is known mostly in Covington as the pastor of the Prospect Church UMC, he is Uncle Ronny to more than 100 young girls in both Thailand and Ghana. To one Thai girl in particular, he is lovingly known as father.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


BOC takes first look at FY2013 budget

County commissioners got their first look at a proposed $44.89 million budget for fiscal year 2013, which calls a $649,880 increase but would not require a millage rate increase.

April 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Daycare employee arrested for DUI

A 22-year-old daycare employee was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with DUI after deputies found she'd crashed into a ditch on Salem Road near Smith Store.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived they reportedly saw Allysa Marie Johnson outside of her vehicle attempted to push it out of a ditch. When they asked Johnson what happened, she told them she was heading home and had misjudged where her turn was and ended up in the ditch.

April 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spring Fling coming to Covington Thurs.

Downtown Covington will host its second annual Spring Fling April 12 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the square.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: 4-H spring roundup

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April 07, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Covington resident Yisrael finalist for 2012 National Online Teach of the Year award

Asherrie Yisrael, a Covington resident, was recently named one of three finalists for the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year award for K-12 education.

Yisrael has taught physics, forensic science and physical sciences to grades nine through 12 at the Georgia Virtual School since 2008. She was named the 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year at the Georgia Virtual School where she currently serves as the Science Department Chair. In addition to teaching, she supervises and provides feedback to teachers as chair.

April 07, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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