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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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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


Dr. Harry Faulkner remembered for his 'caring spirit'

Polly Simpson considered Harry Faulkner to be her special uncle, the one who always had time to spend with her.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Construction closes lanes on Ga. 142

Traffic may be a little more congested at the already busy intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142, as reconstruction takes place to widen the intersection.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Businesses could be coming to Newborn

Oxford College could be getting a $20 million science center, Newborn now has a taxi service and cities are turning their attention to the 2011 SPLOST vote.

July 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Back 2 School event in need of donations

As education funding continues to be cut, Bea Jackson wants Newton County parents and children to know that their community is still firmly behind them. She hopes to send that message by hosting the fourth annual Back 2 School Block Party, Aug. 1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the square.

July 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


County misses DCA deadline; won’t get new state money

For the second time in 2010, Newton County has missed a deadline to turn in required planning documents to the state and will be ineligible to receive some new state funding during July and most of August.

July 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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