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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


Couple sues neighbors, deputies

When they tried to get into their newly-purchased Newton County home the evening of April 19, 2012, Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji were held at gunpoint by their next-door neighbors and eventually arrested by Newton County Sheriff's deputies.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield council OK's '14 budget

Mansfield officials have big plans for the city, and they hope they'll be able to make more progress with a clearer financial picture after approving Monday a $1.07 million budget for 2014.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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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


BOE District 5 - Sharon Sawyer (D)

Though Sharon Sawyer's five children have all completed their education in the Newton County School System, she has three young grandchildren under the age of 6.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Board of Education


State Senate 17 - Todd Hilton (R)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


State Senate 17 - Jim Nichols (D)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

Five contenders have stepped forward to replace Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) who held the seat for six years; Douglas is running for Public Service Commission, District 2.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


State Senate 17 - Rick Jeffares (R)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

Five contenders have stepped forward to replace Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) who held the seat for six years; Douglas is running for Public Service Commission, District 2.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


Chamber hosts BOC candidates Q&A

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held the Primary season's final political forum at the Covington Branch Library Thursday, 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.

Below are the questions asked to the BOC candidates and their responses. District 2 challengers Democrat Lanier Sims and Republic Rickie Corley did not attend. To read the responses from the BOE candidates continue to check covnews.com.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


BOC candidates face off at Voter’s League forum

Candidates for Newton County Board of Commissioner, Districts 2 and 4, and District 95 State Representative seat squared off at Tuesday night's Newton County Voter's League political forum.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Chamber to host political forum

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a political candidate forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday at the Covington Branch Library.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


BOE, BOC forums on June 21, 29

The Newton County Voters League is hosting two separate forums to accommodate the more than 20 candidates running for local and state races.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


Sen. Douglas will not seek reelection

State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) will not seek a fourth term and has instead entered the state race for District 2 Public Service Commissioner. As Douglas moves on, local Republican party chairman Ester Fleming is expected to run for Douglas' District 17 state senate seat.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


State Senate 17 - Ester Fleming Jr. (R)

Oxford resident and former county commissioner Ester Fleming has qualified for the District 17 state senate seat, held by Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle). Douglas announced earlier this week he is not running for reelection.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


Lunsford pulls out of D17 state senate race

Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) has backed out of the District 17 State Senate race, and will not run for any political office in 2010.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


State Senate 17 - Nicholas Day (D)

Retired Covington resident Nicholas Day is running as a Democrat for the District 17 state senate race, because he wants to attract business, address health care concerns and reduce taxes on senior citizens.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17


Farewell to the faces of Covington

For more than 20 years, Doug Banks, Debbie Dial and Mary Vosyka have been the face of Covington to many residents and business owners. The three long-time city employees were the go-to people for anyone starting a new business or building a new home.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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