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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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Expect detours Tuesday on Emory Street

Emory Street will be closed from Stalling Street to Usher Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, for a tree removal.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Quintessential Covington

Newton County was abuzz with activity this weekend, as thousands raced in the 27th annual Fuzz Run, while hundreds of other residents attended the seventh annual Literacy Festival, the grand opening of Denny Dobbs Park and Sept. 11 memorial services.

September 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Part of highway named after Roy, Aaron Varner

The memory of Roy Varner spans the county, and now his name does, too.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Secretary of State speaks to students

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited Cousins Middle School Wednesday morning to discuss state government, as part of an effort to expand children's horizons without the benefit of field trips.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Council votes to end airport contract

Aviation customers will soon have a different experience at the Covington Municipal Airport, following the Covington City Council's 3-2 vote Wednesday to end its contract with airport operator Dixie Jet Services.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City terminates airport operator contract

The Covington City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday to terminate its contract with airport operator Dixie Jet Services.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Well watered

Newton County recently completed a $12 million expansion of its main water treatment plant, a project that will ensure the county has adequate water for the next five years.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park grand opening set for Saturday

The Rev. Ronny Brannen of Prospect United Methodist Church is excited about the opening of Denny Dobbs Park and he's doing his best to make sure everyone knows it.

Prospect is hosting the park's grand opening ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the park, located on Georgia Highway 212 across from Oak Hill Elementary School.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Thieves seen stealing rails

As the Norfolk Southern railroad line continues to lie vacant, weeds are overtaking the rails and thieves are literally taking them.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scout: Covington courthouse perfect for ‘Footloose’

Once again, it was Covington's scenic courthouse and town square that nabbed the city a part in a prominent film.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mayors discuss SPLOST, railroad

The county is having a SPLOST work session at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Historic Courthouse, and Newton County's mayors are preparing to make a united stand to make sure they receive their fair share of SPLOST dollars.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New ownership

The former Komastu forklift plant in Lochridge Industrial Park was purchased for $4 million by local business Kelly Products, owned by Keith Kelly.

Kelly could not be reached for comment during the past few weeks, but he appears to be the owner of several local companies including Contract Packaging, Kelly Products and Kelly Registration Services, according to county tax documents and various company websites.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The Bankrupting of Bob Riddell

Bob Riddell is fed up with the way the city's been treating him and he's making it known. As the owner of Dixie Jet Services, the firm that operates the Covington Municipal Airport, Riddell has been struggling to operate his business during a down economy, a runway construction project that went months past deadline and a threat of early termination looming over his head.

Riddell said he's had to sell off assets, including planes and even personal property, and take out a significant chunk of loans, just to weather the year that the airport has been either ...

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council, mayor and city manager look to specify duties

Although Covington's City Charter contains several pages about the structure of its government, very little information about the actual roles and duties of the city manager, council and mayor are contained in the 48-year-old document.

The Covington City Council set out to better define its role at its strategic planning retreat, and it plans to build the list it created into the city charter to make the changes formal.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Parking ordinance would prevent some commercial vehicles from res. areas

The city council reached a consensus Wednesday about what kind of larger commercial vehicles will be allowed to park in residential areas.

September 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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