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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber still seeking Main Street head

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is on its second search this year to try and find the next director for Main Street Covington – after its first two finalists backed out for personal reasons in late February/early March – and chamber president Hunter Hall is confident one of the remaining two finalists will work out.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Gazebo, square plan voted down by council

The proposed Covington gazebo is a no go.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sinking soil replaced at armory

Covington's National Guard armory is getting a nearly $1 million upgrade, including replacing the collapsing soil under the parking lot which has caused sinkholes to form and has caused one corner of the armory to sink.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield still trying to set election date

Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield settles wrongful termination

Former longtime Mansfield city clerk Pat Mullins accepted a $14,000 settlement from the city stemming from her claim of wrongful termination after she was fired in 2012.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Douglas claims spot in Aug. runoff

Sen. John Douglas was one of only two Newton County candidates to fair well in Tuesday's state elections, qualifying for the Aug. 10 runoff by finishing second in his Public Service Commission race.

July 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95


Hilton, Jeffares to square off in District 17 runoff

Despite not asking for donations and placing very few political signs, Covington resident Todd Hilton still managed to secure second place in the State Senate 17 Republican Primary and a spot in the Aug. 10 runoff.

July 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


J.C. Henderson elected to 5th term

Democratic incumbent J.C. Henderson was elected to a fifth consecutive term as District 4 county commissioner Tuesday, defeating challenger Kenneth Hardeman by gathering 56.63 percent of the 1,049 votes cast.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Sims defeats Simmons for District 2 seat

Challenger Lanier Sims defeated incumbent Earnest Simmons in Tuesday's Democratic primary for county commission District 2. Sims garnered a total of 55.5 percent of the 839 votes cast.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Covington to consider bow hunting in city limits

Local residents are asking the Covington City Council to allow them to use hunting bows within the city limits in order to control a deer population that is damaging vegetation and causing car accidents.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Local Great Clips donates proceeds to paralyzed Madison firefighter

By requesting a special voucher, customers at Great Clips in Covington can channel $5 per haircut until July 26 to a special fund for Morgan County Firefighter Kevin Stephenson, who was paralyzed in a car accident March 26.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Locals to hold Tea Party Sat. on square

The local Tea Party movement appears to be growing and local advocates will hold their second meeting this summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the square.

July 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Governor's race up to the minute results

With 100% of Newton County and 72% of Georgia precincts reporting. The first number is the nubmer of votes cast for each candidate in Newton County. The second is the percentage of votes in the state. This will be the last update posted by the Covington News tonight. For more election results, please visit http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0720/

July 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


District 95 candidates answer questions at forum

Candidates for the District 95 state representative seat answered Newton County-based questions at Tuesday night's Newton County Voter's League political forum.

July 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95


Primary decides: 2 Democrats vie for BOC District 4 seat

Below are five questions, specific to Newton County District 4, which were asked to Democratic incumbent J.C. Henderson and Democratic challenger Kenneth Hardeman. District 4 contains much of the western and northern parts of Covington and all of Oxford. Respondents were asked to limit their answers to 200 words or less.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Candidates answer questions posed at Chamber forum

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held the Primary season's final political forum at the Covington Branch Library July 8, playing host to 2010 Newton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates. Each set of candidates was asked one question by the chamber, followed by questions from the audience.

July 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


BOE District 3 - Toney D. Collins

Toney D. Collins is running for the BOE because he wants to have a say in the changes affecting his teacher wife and his two school-aged children.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Board of Education


BOE District 3 - Shakila Henderson-Baker (D)

Shakila Henderson-Baker is running for the District 3 seat on the Newton County Board of Education, and she believes she has a leg up on the other candidates for Board of Education - she has school-aged children.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Board of Education


BOE District 3 - James Johnson Jr. (D)

The Board of Education is as open as it will ever be, as three incumbent-less seats are coming up for election in November.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Board of Education


BOE District 3 - Christine Young-Brown (D)

Christine Young-Brown is the fourth democratic candidate to qualify for the increasingly crowded District 3 BOE seat. She said she's running because she feels the current board was neither effective nor connected to the public, and she wants a better school system for her two children.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Board of Education


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