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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

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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Mayor, CPD Chief to discuss safety on trails

The second of a series of walks in April sponsored by Newton Trails will feature comments by Covington Mayor, Ronnie Johnston and Covington Chief of Police Stacy Cotton. It will be held Wednesday, April 13, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Eastside trailhead adjacent to the Newton County Library at Chimney Park.

April 13, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Former Governor endorses local candidate

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes was in Newton County Monday, attending a reception for Newton County Board of Commissioners Chair candidate Phil Johnson.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Action Ministries benefits from Your Pie training event

Even before Your Pie opened on the downtown Covington Square, the owners knew they wanted to be more than just a restaurant.

April 12, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Bowls to hold beads of courage turned out by local woodworking club

Just as charms on a bracelet tell a story, beads in the hands of a critically ill child can trace his or her medical experiences.

April 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Jeffares: We’ve adjourned Sine Die

The papers went flying and the confetti showered on the Chamber as the gavel promptly fell at midnight on Thursday, signifying the conclusion of the 2016 legislative session.

April 10, 2016 | Rick Jeffares | LOCAL

Bread and Butter earns award

Kelley Johnston, right, of Bread and Buttery Bakery received an award for the best product of a week-long class at the University of Georgia's Food Science Department.

April 10, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL

High school student raising funds to build electric Beetle

If Grayson Eady reaches his goal, in just more than three years, he'll be driving an electric car north to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

April 09, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

VanNess: Update from the Capitol

The 2016 legislative session was filled with many changes that will impact lives in our District and across the State of Georgia. I look forward to discussing the issues with you over the next several months, to help you be better informed and aware. I am working to find more interactive ways to better reflect your interests when key legislation is voted on. I serve on the Education, Economic Development, Health and Human Services and State Institutions and Properties Committees and look forward to serving you and making a difference in District 43. For quick and daily updates, please like ...

April 09, 2016 | JaNice VanNess | LOCAL

Belton: Newton County legislation wraps up season

First, while I do not speak for my fellow legislators, I feel I must address the new form of government for Newton County that will create a strong County Manager and a weak Commissioner Chairman.

April 09, 2016 | Dave Belton | LOCAL

Newton’s Mental Health Court is getting the lost on the right path

On April 6, U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (D-Fourth Congressional District) visited Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn's mental health court.

April 09, 2016 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Historic Conyers Street Gym temporarily closes


April 07, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

From school to civic center

For some, seeing the old gym demolished has been painful. Some are waxing sentimental about their time spent at the old Newton High School and sharing memories of their time there on a Facebook page at

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Petition calls for traffic light at dangerous intersection

The petition was started after 67-year-old Curtis Douglas Baxter was killed trying to turn left onto Georgia Highway 212 from Butler Bridge Road on Feb. 25.

April 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Former Police Explorer sworn in as CPD officer

Kenyatta Davis-Barnes achieved his ultimate dream Monday when he was sworn in by Mayor Ronnie Johnston as a Covington Police Officer.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

Volunteers to install free smoke detectors in 300 homes

A blitz is coming to Covington.

April 05, 2016 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL

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