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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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Nathan Deal visits Newton County

When asked to simplify Georgia's gubernatorial race, Republican Nathan Deal said he's the best candidate because of his extensive legal and political background and his conservative promise to not increase residents' tax burden.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nathan Deal visits Newton County

When asked to simplify Georgia's gubernatorial race, Republican Nathan Deal said he's the best candidate because of his extensive legal and political background and his conservative promise to not increase residents' tax burden.

Deal spoke for 15 minutes to a small group of prominent local Republicans at a lunch event Friday at Smiley's Restaurant in Porterdale. The event was hosted by a local committee supporting Deal for governor.

October 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


City council tries to strike parking ordinance balance at work session

The Covington City Council is trying to craft a parking ordinance that will be fair to both residents who want clean neighborhoods and those who depend on their trucks and other business vehicles for transportation and their livelihood.

October 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City seeks to clarify its parking laws

The Covington City Council is trying to craft a parking ordinance that will be fair to both residents who want clean neighborhoods and those that depend on their trucks and other business vehicles for transportation and their livelihood.

October 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Democrats set to rally Saturday in Covington

Local and statewide Democratic candidate has been invited to the local Democratic party's "Movement on the Square" rally from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday in downtown Covington.

October 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Welcoming Winters: 43-year-old intern gets new start on life

Roosevelt Winters is a communicator. He's willing to lend an ear to someone in need of venting or offer up one of the numerous Bible verses he has stored in his head.

October 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington Fire Dept. testing all city hydrants

The Covington Fire Department will be testing the 1,500 fire hydrants in the city to make sure they have sufficient pressure.

October 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Airport gets pilot controlled night lighting system

The Covington Municipal Airport is now dark at night, unless someone is landing.

October 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


2010 Voter's Guide - D2 BOC

The Covington News wants to help you make a definitive decision at the ballot box. Use this guide along with our Election 2010 feature at CovNews.com to help you determine who will be the best candidate for the job.

We asked both candidates the following questions: 1. What is your definition of success in life? 2. Do you own an iPod or other mP3 player? Why or why not? If you do own one, what's playing on it? 3. Do you own an iPad or other tablet device? Why or why not? 4. Who is your political role ...

October 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Sherman’s Last Burning

Top ten overall winners, 1-10

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Candidates, voters both active early

Georgia has one of the longest early voting periods in the nation, increasing voter access and pushing candidates to campaign longer and establish platforms earlier.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Save-A-Lot grocery to open in Covington in 2011

Covington is getting another grocery store in early 2011, as Save-A-Lot signed a lease this week to move into the anchor location in Covington Corners, the shopping center at northwest corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


Jim Dial gets judicial sendoff

Jim Dial worked only a few hours each day at the judicial center as its mail clerk, but his sunny personality and loving attitude has left an indelible mark on his co-workers.

October 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn celebrates schoolhouse grand opening

The Town of Newborn celebrated the grand opening of its historical schoolhouse Oct. 2 with free lunch and music. Several residents from near and far came back to reminisce about their experiences as students, including Mary Formo, who traveled all the way from Washington.

Formo made the cross-country trip because she spent a few years of her childhood here on a 70-acre farm. She remembers skipping school and hiding in the honeysuckle with her best friend Anne.

October 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Digest Drop

Newton County governments might have to slash budgets by another 12 percent to 15 percent next year because of zero growth and a new state bill designed to have property tax assessment valuations reflect actual sales prices on homes.

Newton County Chief Tax Assessor Tommy Knight said Tuesday that a natural decline in property values will account for about 5 percent of the drop. An additional 7 percent or 8 percent decline will be caused by S.B. 346, which requires local governments to appraise property at the price it was sold, including foreclosures and short sales.

October 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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