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Covington to lower property tax rate

Editor's note: The article "City joins rail case, OKs budget" in Wednesday's newspaper contained a reporter's error regarding the millage rate, and this article was written, in part, to correct that error and clarify the situation.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington's fire ISO rating improves

Covington residents could be seeing some savings on their homeowners insurance in coming years thanks to the city's fire protection rating improving.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Homeless shelter could need $18K to replace ACs

Covington's homeless shelter has been staying open by scraping together enough funds to pay its monthly $6,000-plus utility bills, but now that three of its air conditioning units have failed, the shelter needs an even bigger cash infusion.

June 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Small part of Wheat St. to close

The part of Wheat Street between Industrial Boulevard and Hazelbrand Road will be closed to through-traffic for construction starting July 1.

June 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoax caller tells NCSO 5 hostages in apt.

Investigators are looking for the person who pranked called the Newton County Sheriff's Office Tuesday night and said five hostages were being held in the Summerset Apartment complex off Salem Road.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Khouli's parting words: thank you, I'm sorry

I'm leaving The Covington News, and I want to say thank you. (People accuse me of writing long; how's that for a short intro?)

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC still mulling budget options

A week after the Newton County Board of Commissioners seemed to be on the verge of reaching a budget consensus, concerns about public safety, particularly high turnover rates in both the sheriff's office and fire department, prompted the board to take another look at beefing up funding.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City joins rail case, OKs budget

The city of Covington is joining a group of landowners seeking payment for the property it owns along the abandoned Norfolk Southern.

June 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Business owners may opt in to self-tax

Does U.S. Highway 278 have anything that makes it special? Many people don't think so, at least, not yet.

June 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City fires in supposedly vacant structures

The Covington Fire Department hasn't had to fight many house fires lately, but two of the most recent fires occurred in supposedly vacant buildings.

June 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Traffic delays possible for water line work

Covington residents could see traffic delays south of the square and in the Old Monticello Street area during the next year as work begins on replacing more than 26,000 linear feet of city water lines, some of which are more than 100 years old.

June 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Liquor store plan spurs talk about corridors

A proposal to put a new package store on the Covington Bypass Road has spurred an in-depth discussion about the future of the city's commercial corridors and what they will and should look like, with some officials' modern vision for the future clashing with others' views of what's realistic.

June 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington’s Wildwood subdivision purchased

The partially-built Wildwood subdivision off the Covington Bypass Road has been purchased by a developer who plans to move forward where other developers have stalled out.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC: Rental policy at Nelson Heights center should change

County commissioners agreed Monday night that extra steps need to be taken when the Nelson Heights Community Center is rented out to ensure there's no repeat of the May 30 "Bounce Dat Ass Part II" party that ended up with gun shots reportedly being fired in the air by a car passing by the center.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County nears budget consensus

County commissioners appeared to be close Monday to reaching a consensus on next year's budget, agreeing to lower the millage rate (informally called the property tax rate) from its current 11.54 rate to somewhere around 11, a change that would save a $150,000 property owner around $30 a year in county taxes.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Council Notebook: Legion Park plans questioned

Floyd Street resident Hugh Burnett presented the Covington City Council Monday with a list of questions he and his neighbors would like to see answered before the city begins work to turn Legion Field into a public park and event space.

May 23, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Electric workers recovering from burns

Two Covington electric workers are recovering well this week after being injured on the job last Friday when a wire came loose, causing an arc flash – where electricity travels through the air between conductors – and burning the workers.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Voter turnout underwhelms; runoffs to ramp up

Newton County's voter turnout for Tuesday's Primary Election was the lowest it's been since at least 2008, as 18.45 percent of the county's 55,141 active, registered voters cast ballots.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City to buy 97 acres in heart of town

The Covington City Council voted to purchase a wooded 97.78-acre tract in the heart of the city that touches five separate neighborhoods and could add more connectivity to the city in the future.

May 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Headed to the runoffs

Election night had very little drama Tuesday as local incumbents fared well, and the expected favorites across the state prevailed, though a couple of important Newton County elections are headed to the July 22 runoff.

May 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents oppose cell phone tower

Dozens of residents oppose a proposed cell phone pole on Jackson Highway, but if the Covington City Council is going to vote down the tower it has to provide evidence that the tower will negatively affect the surrounding residents' property values.

May 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vote today for the 2014 Primary Election

What: The 2014 Primary Election is today, May 20. There are Newton County, Georgia and U.S. races on the ballot. Voters must choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries; they can also vote in the nonpartisan primary, but that will only include nonpartisan races.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Land owners around railroad seek payment

The Norfolk Southern railroad corridor continues to lie in limbo, but regardless of its future, local landowners whose properties the rail line cuts through believe the federal government owes them money for their property.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale 4-way to get signal by Aug. 2015

"The worst intersection in the county is going to get fixed," county Chairman Keith Ellis declared Wednesday in Porterdale, referring to the infamous four-way stop just south of town near Burger King.

May 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pay change could help Covington recruit

Covington has a lot of long-tenured employees, and, while that's a good thing, it's posing problems when the city tries to recruit and retain qualified replacements.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Calvary Baptist celebrates 110 years

In 1903, members from First Baptist Church of Covington decided to organize a new church in Covington's mill village as part of their mission efforts in the community. They succeeded Jan. 27, 1904.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Vampire Diaries fan event tonight on Square

It's a "Vampire Diaries" extravaganza on the square tonight, as the 5th season finale will be shown on the square at the same time it's airing on TV.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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