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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


Proposed place of worship spurs moratorium

The possibility of a mosque coming to Newton County had citizens taking to social media and scrambling for answers, politicians looking into the county's ...

August 21, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Local storyteller recognized with Parents’ Choice Award

Andy Irwin, 53, storyteller, singer, musician, comedian and master whistler recorded his first children's album, "Andy's' Wild Amphibian Show". His album won a ...

August 21, 2016 | Jasmine Floyd | LOCAL


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Social Circle and Oxford host parades

Oxford and Social Circle's streets were decked out in red, white and blue Wednesday as the cities hosted their annual parade.

July 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Finding faces of freedom

With an extensive military background - her great grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle and sister all served in the U.S. Army, Mary Anne Hinkle is an avid supporter for U.S. soldiers.

July 05, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Getting a driver's license more complex

Dozens of people filed into the Department of Driver Services in Covington on Thursday hoping to receive, renew or replace their driver's license.

July 05, 2012 | By Lee Johnson news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Meet and greet to be held for all candidates

A meet and greet for political candidates will take place from 4-7 p.m., July 15 at Prospect United Methodist Church.

July 05, 2012 | By Elizabeth Park | LOCAL


Mulch fire could cost city $60K

A fire that happened Sunday evening at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority is still causing problems as late as Tuesday evening, potentially polluting Indian Creek that runs into the Yellow River and costing the city thousands of dollars hauling off debris.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Honoring the fallen

The tragic story was international news: 22 Navy Seals killed in a helicopter crash during a mission in Afghanistan. Our nation paused to reflect; then moved on. But the job was far from over.

July 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Order to quash made official

The order to quash was made official when Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton filed his order Thursday.

July 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Salem Campmeeting starts Friday

The Salem Campmeeting was founded in 1828 and is one of the oldest existing camp meetings in the nation and continues to thrive today. This inter-denomination camp meeting offers campers a place of peaceful worship as well as a spiritual renewal experience.

July 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


WWII Vet shares tale

George Moreland Stamps tells military stories akin to battle scenes only seen in movies. The 88-year-old Covington resident is a World War II veteran who still recalls his dangerous adventures like they were yesterday.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


Jail Log: July 4, 2012

Clayton Daniel Weakley, 24, 50 Neely Hammonds Road, Covington, June 15. Sentenced to work release.

July 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Fight at QT ends in arrest

A male and female were fighting outside the U.S. Highway 278 QuikTrip on Saturday, when police arrived.

July 03, 2012 | Meghan de St. Aubin | LOCAL


4th of July contingency plans

With the forecast calling for thunderstorms tomorrow, many residents of Covington, Porterdale, Oxford, and Social Circle are left wondering whether or not the festivities for the Fourth of July will go on as planned.

July 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Sunday fire still smoldering

A fire at a recycling center next to the Covington Housing Authority on Alcovy Road is still smoldering, according to Assistant Fire Marshall Tony Smith.

July 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Covington Celebrates Fourth of July

Even a little rain could not stop the City of Covington from throwing a grand celebration Sunday for the Fourth of July. Citzens from Newton, Rockdale, and surrounding areas poored out to the Covington square to participate in what would turn out to be a night full of fun and excitment.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cut cable disrupts local phone service

Parts of Porterdale and Covington are without use of their landlines due to a drilling mistake.

July 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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