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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


Proposed commercial parking restrictions could cause hardship

Covington resident Martha McGiboney believes the city's proposed restrictions on parking commercial vehicles in residential areas will hinder her son's ability to make a living.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


"Footloose" filming underway today in Covington

Farmers, finely dressed ladies and gentlemen, cheerleaders and Hollywood stars will all flock to the Historic Courthouse today as Covington plays host to yet another movie - "Footloose."

September 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Chamber retools ED leader search

The chamber of commerce is ramping up economic development efforts, even as it continues to search for a big-name leader to advance Newton County's prospects.

Economic Development Director Shannon Davis and President Hunter Hall are leading several efforts to assist existing industries and improve recruitment of new industry, laying the groundwork for when a senior vice president of economic development is eventually hired.

September 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Newton County flushing water lines

Del Sumner and his fellow water inspectors are again opening fire hydrants and flushing out water lines, at times releasing tens of thousands of gallons into yards and streets.

September 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Home sales up; foreclosure rate steady

The housing market continues to send mixed signals, but overall sales numbers are up in Newton County.

September 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Suburban disconnect threatens sense of community

Bradd Shore loves Covington because of weekends like this one. Community weekends. Connected weekends.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tighter leash on tethering laws

The county is set to crack down on the improper tethering of dogs, after the Board of Commissioners approved a more stringent animal control ordinance Tuesday night.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale police chief resigns

Porterdale Police Chief Wayne Digby announced his resignation Friday, effective Oct. 15, because he was insulted by the contract the city offered him and didn't want to be caught in the middle of a city council conflict.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale


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


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