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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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Courthouse offers modern spin on an old style

The Historic Courthouse has gotten a retro look for the Fourth of July. The red, white and blue bunting is in a style that adorned the courthouse about 1908 for an endurance car race, according to Cheryl Delk, special projects coordinator for the Newton County Commission. The image was from a period postcard from Gary Doster that Delk came across that is part of the GeorgiaInfo collection (see it here).

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County youth sports set for webcast

Youth sports broadcasts are back on the air in Newton County, but you'll need a PC instead of a television to watch them.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nelson Heights center to remain open

The Nelson Heights Community Center will get a second year of life.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation staple Carol Rooks retires

Not once during her 11 years with the Newton County Recreation Commission did Carol Rooks ever dread going into work. That doesn't mean every day was easy, but she loved her job and her fellow employees.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - June 29

Monica Latrice Kellet, 31, Atlanta, June 20. Deposit account fraud.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - June 29

Douglas L. Cocchi, Violation of Family Violence Order, bond denied.

June 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man harasses woman, tries to break in

A Newton County man was arrested after he allegedly followed a woman and her child home late Monday night and tried to get into the home.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Federal immigration agent arrested for DUI

Covington police reported that they arrested a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on a charge of drunk driving early Saturday.

June 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A patriotic celebration on the square Sunday

The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.

June 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton cheerleaders earn bid to Nationals

The Newton competition cheerleading squad returned from the National Cheerleading Association cheerleading camp at the University of Georgia last week with some new hardware. In addition, the team earned a berth at the NCA Senior and Junior High School National Championship at Dallas in January.

June 28, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia wins round in water wars

ATLANTA - A federal appeals panel handed Georgia a victory Tuesday by overturning a lower court ruling that would have significantly restricted the main source of water for roughly 3 million people in metro Atlanta starting next year.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


911 center to add dispatchers

The 911 center will get its four requested dispatchers by the end of fiscal year 2012.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake to shut most Saturdays

Turner Lake Complex will be closed 39 Saturdays next year, and financial aid may no longer be available for youth sports as the Newton County Recreation Commission tries to make ends meet.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Six arrested in immigration protest

ATLANTA - Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paralyzed vet's family to leave Ga. home

EVANS - Relatives of a paralyzed war veteran said Monday the family plans to leave their suburban Augusta neighborhood after a home owners' association objected to their new home plans because the house wasn't large enough.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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