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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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Train with the Firefighter Explorers

For high schoolers considering a career in firefighting or those merely interested in what a firefighter's life is like, Newton County offers a firefighter explorer program. The group is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Through hands-on practice and small group lectures, aspiring firefighters gain an accurate depiction of what the profession is like, not only its merits, but also its difficulties. Explorers meet twice a month at a local station for about 90 minutes.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman flees after allegedly being beaten with belt

A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, local unemployment rates rise

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless shelter faces financial woes

Less than a week before Christmas, Pastor Clara Lett, director of the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, is worrying if the shelter will be able to keep its doors open.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves Ewing's SPLOST list

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Commissioner Mort Ewing's 6-year, $57.6 million SPLOST list by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, with Commissioner Earnest Simmons opposing.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Austin Scott named to two House committees

Eighth Congressional District Rep-elect Austin Scott has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner to be honored at 6:30 p.m.

District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons will be honored for his 4-year term of office tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Longest Night service today

Christmas is a time of celebration and excitement, with parties, shopping, gift-giving, food, and time with family and friends.

December 21, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


SPLOST set for vote tonight by county

Government officials and residents are split over the 2011 SPLOST list proposed by Commissioner Mort Ewing, but Ewing and commissioners Tim Fleming and J.C. Henderson have all said they will vote for it.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way short of goal

Newton County non-profits have bare food shelves, empty coat racks and dwindling bank accounts, but the local United Way should still raise $400,000 this year.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia population grows 18.3 percent

Georgia's stands to gain a Congressional seat as its population grew by 18.3 percent since 2000, according to data released today by the United States Census.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live Nativity at East Newton Baptist

East Newton Baptist Church will be adding a touch of dramatic flair to its annual Nativity presentation, "Mary, did you know: Living Nativity Drama", at 7 p.m. today through Wednesday. With the help of passionate director Scott Palma, the church hopes to breathe more life into the traditional Nativity.

December 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Curtain falls at Newborn Opry

A Christmas concert on Saturday marked the end of a 10-year run for the Newborn Opry.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Toy time: Covington Police Department Lt. Al Miller takes a local child shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program, where law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County. Other CPD officers and GBI Agents helped children load their carts with holiday cheer.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Class of 1974 Food Drive

In times of need: Pictured are NCHS Class of 1974 members Rhonda Mobley Lowe and Debbie Prescott Massey, along with Community Food Pantry representatives Bernice Bailey and OJ Sidwell, with a sampling of the food items the NCHS Class of 1974 donated to the food pantry in Covington during their annual holiday food drive. The Class of 1974 would like to challenge the other NCHS classes to join in the holiday spirit by having their own food drives for the Community Food Pantry.

December 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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