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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


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Council approves airport plan to hire personnel, equipment

The Covington City Council unanimously approved an airport plan that calls for the city to hire three employees, buy around $20,000 worth of equipment and increase its liability insurance to cover operating the airport.

November 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


County meets to discuss agriculture protection

Newton County was chosen to participate in a free, state pilot program that will help it protect its agricultural land, and had its first meeting regarding the program this week.

October 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thoughts on alcohol by the drink

The economy and job creation are the two most important election issues around the state and, locally, the alcohol by the drink sales issue is one component of the broader economic debate.

October 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Candidates go door to door one last time

Candidates continue to pound the pavement this weekend, canvassing neighborhoods, greeting residents in shopping centers and making the rounds to area churches.

October 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


Council to discuss future of airport Monday

The City of Covington will soon be assuming control of the airport's operations and, at its Monday meeting, will discuss what will be needed to run the airport's facilities.

October 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Cracker Barrel expected to come to Covington

Cracker Barrel is expected to announce plans in 2011 for a Covington restaurant, and it could be followed by a few other national chains, providing positive signs for a county seeking commercial growth in a depressed economy, as well as more consumer options.

October 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library director Greg Heid leaves for another position

Long-time Library Director Greg Heid will be leaving the Newton County system in early 2011, after accepting the director position of the Des Moines, Iowa, library system.

October 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC discusses 2011 SPLOST, plans more meetings

The Board of Commissions once again discussed the 2011 SPLOST Thursday night and came to the conclusion they need more information and more meetings.

October 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scott tours around Newton County

Republican Austin Scott toured Newton County Monday with local state Rep. Doug Holt and Sen. John Douglas, as he makes his final push to best Democratic incumbent Rep. Jim Marshall for the Eighth District seat on Nov. 2.

October 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Halloween to be celebrated on... Halloween

Halloween falls on a Sunday and will be officially celebrated that day in Covington and Newton County, according to officials, but residents and organizations are split on when they're holding their own celebrations of the secular holiday.

October 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Restoration begins on Historic Jail

Restoration of the Historic Jail on Stalling Street is set to begin, five years after voters approved allocating $500,000 to the project in the 2005 SPLOST.

October 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County permitting, zoning processes changed

For years, a resident could call Newton County government with a question about a planning or building issue, speak to five different people in different departments and get five answers.

October 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to fill vacancies, new engineer position

The county recently lost two internally-respected employees to other government entities, raising concerns about employee morale.

October 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


General Election Preview - State Senate 17

Jim Nichols - Democrat

October 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


General Election Preview - State Representative 95

Pam Dickerson - Democrat

October 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95


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