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Rotary to host car show Sunday

The Covington Rotary Club will present its 18th annual "Cars of the Past" car show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the square.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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


County to hold SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

Newton County residents will vote next year on whether to approve a special local option sales tax that would last until 2015.

September 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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