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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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City approves purchasing policy change; county resident opposes

The Covington City Council approved the final reading of a change to the city's charter that now allows city employees and elected officials to sell goods or provide services to the city, under limited circumstances.

August 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


The pier to nowhere

Many Covington residents who pass by City Hall are left confused by what they see.

"Why is there a pier leading to and abruptly ending right in the middle of a swamp?" they've been known to ask. "Is there a purpose for the pier? Is this really the best use of our tax money?"

August 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ready to go back

Back to school bonanza: Enterprise Lodge No. 551 held a Back To School give away on Aug. 7. There was free food and drinks and 100 back packs with schools supplies were given to the first 100 people to sign up at the event. There will be music, games and more. The Back to school give away was a joint effort between Enterprise Lodge No. 551 and Lemon Chapter No. 34 of Covington.

August 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Cheers for the Generals

The Veterans Memorial Middle School cheer team, the Cheer Generals, hosted a community yard sale in its school's parking lot Saturday to raise money for new uniforms. The cheer team raised nearly $500 by renting out parking spots to sellers, said Coach Marianna Mansfield.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


'Footloose' scene to be filmed in Covington

Later this year, the Newton County Historic Courthouse will be filled with people vigorously debating the morals of rock and roll and dancing - and it's all being filmed.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


School Superintendent speaks to Celebrating Women group

Lee Aldridge believes new Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has some really great ideas about how to improve the Newton County School System - she would know.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State Representative District 95 Democrat

Incumbent Rep. Toney Collins (D-Conyers) is facing Pam Dickerson, a former Delta flight attendant, in the Democratic State Representative District 95 runoff. The candidates were each asked five questions pertaining to their district.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95


Sen. Isakson’s reps to be at courthouse Monday morning

Representatives for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) will hold an open office day from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Monday at the Historic Courthouse.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Residents express confusion over Board of Commissioners alcohol issues, vote

Tuesday's decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners not to put the county alcohol-by-the-drink issue to a public vote left some residents confused.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Railroad stop signs leave drivers cross

Stop signs are necessary to keep drivers safe, but when those stop signs are located at railroad crossings that haven't seen a train pass by for around a year, they turn into a nuisance for some drivers.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local students discuss teen issues at WSCC; listen to former NFL player

Area teens met at the Washington Street Community Center Saturday for a Teen Summit to discuss a variety of teen issues and to learn about entrepreneurship from former NFL player and McDonald's franchise owner Van Jakes.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC opposes by-the-drink alcohol sales

There will not be an alcohol by the drink referendum on this year's Nov. 2 General Election ballot in Newton County, as the Board of Commissioners voted down a resolution Tuesday night that would have put the issue to a public vote.

District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz made a motion to approve the resolution and was supported by District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, but commissioners Mort Ewing, J.C. Henderson and Earnest Simmons voted against the resolution.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dixie Boys World Series to return in 2012

The Dixie Boys World Series is coming back to Newton County in 2012 and will bring several hundred teen baseball players with it.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City approves first reading of bow hunting ordinance

Bow hunting is one step closer to being allowed in unoccupied areas within the Covington city limits after the Covington City Council approved the first reading Monday night.

August 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public Service Commission runoff forum tonight

The local conservative advocate group, Patriots Table, is hosting a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive.

Local State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. Echols garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 35.1 percent, while Douglas captured 27.6 percent of the statewide vote, but received a 56.2 percent ...

August 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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