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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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Slow HOA formation upsets some in Fairview Estates

Last fall, the Rev. Sharon Collins stood proudly in front of her peers and told them she believed in Newton County, IECDG and the public park being built in her neighborhood, Fairview Estates, calling it a field of dreams.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Social Security hearing office opens in Covington

A Social Security Administration office opened in Covington Sept. 7 bringing 54 jobs to Newton County and reducing wait times for those awaiting or appealing disability decisions.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fairview Estates Park groundbreaking today at 10 a.m.

After 18 months of intense debate and compromise, a public park is being built in Fairview Estates, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the neighborhood off Fairview Road.

Several officials will speak, including Newton County Chairman Kathy Morgan, District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz and Scott Sirotkin, director of the county's developmental services department.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Third Tea Party rally set for Saturday on square

Luke Knight is at it again, hosting his third Tea Party rally this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday on the square.

The Newton County resident has spent weeks organizing and promoting the event, which will feature several Republican candidates, including Seventh Congressional District candidate Rob Woodall, state Sen. John Douglas, state Senate District 17 candidate Rick Jeffares, and state Rep. candidate Andy Welch. Candidates will be available to take questions from the audience.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Oak Hill, Ga. 212, called ‘death trap,’ to get traffic light

A traffic light is still coming to the intersection of Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, but it might not be completed until September 2011.

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to install the traffic signal; the money comes from previously allocated federal stimulus money. Chairman Kathy Morgan said in a Thursday e-mail that the contract calls for completion prior to Oct. 1, 2011.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dekalb police copter crashes

A DeKalb County Police Department helicopter crashed and caught fire about 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Covington Municipal Airport.

Mekka Parish, a spokewoman for DeKalb police, said the pilot, a DeKalb police officer, was out on a re-certification exercise with a trainer and apparently engaged in a low-flying exercise when the craft crashed. The two men sustained minor injuries and were transported to Atlanta Medical Center Friday. DeKalb officials could not be reached Saturday to provide an update.

September 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


The splendid little town of Porterdale

Nothing is more memorable than a smell; one scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting and yet conjure up a childhood memory.

Burning leaves by the curb reminds of sweeping the yard all day with your mother and sisters. I am sure all of us did this, and while we did, we visited with neighbors and friends. We would talk and laugh while taking care of this chore. We knew all our neighbors and our parents knew all the children in the mill village. We all grew up together, attending the Porterdale schools.

September 26, 2010 | Jean Bowen Garner Columnist | Porterdale


The life of a film extra

Covington has been booming lately as movies and television series continue to wander through the picture-perfect small town. Perhaps nothing illustrates Covington's prominence like "Entertainment Tonight's" visit on Tuesday, as the show interviewed the stars of "Footloose" who were wrapping up filming in Covington.

September 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Nelson Heights business cleaning up junk cars

Curtis Goss is cleaning up his act, moving junk cars from his 24-hour towing and road service business at the intersection of Puckett and Laseter streets in the heart of Nelson Heights.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Financial freefall

Kim McGuire's bankruptcy wasn't without a sense of irony. During a difficult financial time, she was forced to take a job with a debt collection agency to pay her mounting bills. While she worked to track down debtors during the day, her nights were spent avoiding eerily similar phone calls.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City: commercial vehicles OK in neighborhoods

Mike McGiboney can still park his semi-truck cab in his parent's driveway on King Street and will likely be able to for a long time.

September 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Council: When is a house too small?

An 800-square-foot house is small, but is it too small?

September 22, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Chamber surveys members on by the drink alcohol sales

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is surveying its members on whether alcohol by the drink sales should be allowed in unincorporated Newton County.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How to be an extra

Bill Marinella's been involved in Covington's filming for nearly 20 years, dating back to his days as an actor in "In the Heat of the Night," the 1980s television series that put Newton County and its courthouse on the map.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting for General Elections begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Newton County Administration Building, 1113 Usher St. in Covington.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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