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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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Local banks sponsor peanut butter, jelly drive

The Bank of North Georgia along with the Bank of Coweta will host the 5th annual 'Spread the Love' Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive April 2 through April 30.

The drive will benefit 37 local food pantries. Since 2008, the food drive has collected more than 10 tons of peanut butter and jelly.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Council defines indecent exposure in new law

The Porterdale City Council approved a new law covering indecent exposure despite concerns over wording in the ordinance and one councilman's opinion that a prohibition on saggy pants should have been included.

The vote was 5 to 2 in favor during the ordinance's third and final reading at the council's Tuesday meeting. The new law defines expose of one's buttocks, genital areas or undergarments in public as "lewd and indecent." The definition extends to simulated sexual acts, such as impropriate touching, and urinating in public.

April 05, 2012 | Jay Jones | LOCAL


City approves new airport terminal design

Construction on a $1.53 million terminal building at the Covington Municipal Airport could start this summer after the Covington City Council approved a final design Monday.

The 5,500 square foot design was created by the LPA Group, based on the recommendations of a committee of local community and aviation officials. The building is smaller than initially planned and will not contain a restaurant after committee members decided it wasn't necessary or practical.

April 05, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Four arrested in Monroe armed robbery

MONROE - Four men were arrested last week following an incident Monday morning near a Home Depot in Monroe, including the victim, according to The Walton Tribune.

The alleged victim, Matthew Holmes, 29, was arrested for shooting at robbers, The Tribune reports.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family of fatally shot Atlanta teen seek arrest

ATLANTA (AP) - The family of a 17-year-old fatally shot at an Atlanta apartment complex - trying to draw a parallel to the Trayvon Martin case in Florida - called Tuesday for the arrest of a security guard who killed their son. The guard and authorities say the shooting was justified.

Canard Arnold was shot in the back on Dec. 31. Christopher Chestnut, an attorney for Arnold's parents, said the case is similar to the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Martin in a town house community in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman, the complex's neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman has not been ...

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home Depot closing Ga plant that employs 300

ATHENS (AP) - Home Depot is closing its Georgia distribution plant that employs 300 workers near Athens.

The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer said Friday it's closing the four-year-old Braselton plant by the end of this year. Company Spokesman Steve Holmes says that's because the plant isn't as modern as the company's 18 other distribution centers that it uses to move merchandise to its retail stores.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale mourns loss of two educators

CONYERS - Last month, Rockdale County mourned the premature loss of two bright lights in education, Lee Gilbert Turner and Laura Barnes.

After a long up and down battle, retired Pine Street and Eastminster School music teacher Lee Turner, 63, passed away from breast cancer. A week later, RCPS Social Worker Laura Barnes, 53, died from sudden heart complications.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart mng. steals money, electronics

An assistant manager for Walmart was arrested Wednesday morning on charges that he stole thousands worth of electronics and cash from the store during the month of March.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman throws pizzas at boyfriend

A 32-year-old woman was arrested and charged with battery under the Family Violence Act after reportedly punching and throwing pizzas on her boyfriend early Saturday morning.

April 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Would-be bank robber arrested

Police have apprehended a suspect that attempted to rob the Bank of North Georgia around 10 a.m.

April 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tim Fleming will not seek reelection

Newton County Commissioner Tim Fleming, who represents the fifth district, announced during Tuesday's board of commissioners meeting that he would not be seeking reelection.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Carpenter finalist for superintendent job

Dennis Carpenter has been named as one of the two finalists for the position of superintendent in Jackson, Miss.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oxford city council to hold work session on sanitation

Oxford City Council planned for a work session to discuss how to handle the city's sanitation service during its regular meeting Monday.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Arts Association presents two different versions of "Grease"

The Newton County Arts Association is proud to present "Grease." A musical that will feature performance groups Oxford Youth Singers and Oxford Singing Children. Two different versions of the show will be performed by each group.

The Oxford Singing Children will perform the school version of "Grease" on April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for children and students.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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