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Kroger helps give back

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday is voter registration deadline

Monday is the voter registration deadline for anyone who wants to vote in May 20 Primary Election.

April 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gazebo gets committee’s support

The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Farm Bureau hosting meet and greet

Ask the candidates some questions and enjoy some homemade strawberry ice cream May 1 at the Newton County Farm Bureau's candidate meet and greet.

April 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sinking soil replaced at armory

Covington's National Guard armory is getting a nearly $1 million upgrade, including replacing the collapsing soil under the parking lot which has caused sinkholes to form and has caused one corner of the armory to sink.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield still trying to set election date

Mansfield officials are still trying to pick dates to hold a special election to permanently fill the mayor's seat, which was vacated when Estona Middlebrooks resigned from the position March 6.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield settles wrongful termination

Former longtime Mansfield city clerk Pat Mullins accepted a $14,000 settlement from the city stemming from her claim of wrongful termination after she was fired in 2012.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Couple sues neighbors, deputies

When they tried to get into their newly-purchased Newton County home the evening of April 19, 2012, Jean-Joseph and Angelica Kalonji were held at gunpoint by their next-door neighbors and eventually arrested by Newton County Sheriff's deputies.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield council OK's '14 budget

Mansfield officials have big plans for the city, and they hope they'll be able to make more progress with a clearer financial picture after approving Monday a $1.07 million budget for 2014.

April 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County studies Salem Rd zoning more

County officials want to make sure they're on the same page when it comes to future development in the Salem Road area, so they're placing a temporary ban on some zoning requests.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


GOP hosting candidate meet-and-greet

Newton County residents planning to vote in the Republican primary May 20 will have a chance to meet and question several candidates in one place at the Newton County Republican Party's April 15 political rally.

April 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County talking to grant writing co.

Newton County is getting closer to hiring a firm to write grants to seek out more state and federal funding.

April 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC not behind Henderson SPLOST plans

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson wanted to move forward with purchasing land to expand some existing parks and build some new ones using 2011 SPLOST money, but his fellow commissioners weren't on board with his plan Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


State superintendent forum Friday

With Common Core's place in Georgia schools being hotly debated and education being linked ever closer with business needs and the health of the economy, Georgia's state school superintendent race has no shortage of pressing issues.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tips that could help get a job at Baxter

While state and local officials celebrated breaking ground on a training center that will serve Baxter International and help recruit future bioscience industries, area residents want to know how they can get a shot at one of Baxter's high-quality jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Churches join to make an impact on community

It was warm Saturday at First United Methodist Church's Change the World, Impact The Community Day, but Jeff Martin was cold for a good portion of it. The minister of youth at First Baptist had the pleasure of manning the dunk tank and he took the plunge several times – whether the children around him actually hit the mark or not.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Census workers visiting homes in person

Hundreds of U.S. Census workers will be canvassing Newton County neighborhoods until the end of July, in an effort to reach any local address that did not return a 2010 Census form.

Local Census official Gloria Solomon said with the recent employee additions, approximately 400 census workers have been hired to work in Newton County for the Census, creating a temporary influx of much-needed income to local residents.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn sends letter of interest to railroad co.

Newborn officials are determined to get all the facts about the Norfolk Southern rail line, no matter what Covington or Newton County officials do.

May 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC to purchase NSP park land

One year after Newton County first decided to help revitalize Fairview Estates, the county has finally put its name on a contract to purchase 12.1 acres from SunTrust Bank to build a public park.

May 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City no longer to pick up furniture for free

The City of Covington is planning no longer to pick up furniture and other items that are left out on the side of the road, in an effort to save money.

May 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Fantastic Plastic

This is the fourth part of a series examining local industries in Newton County, including their history, production processes, community involvement and roles in the local, national and global economies. Today's story examines the history of plastic producer Berry Plastics in Covington, a leading producer of trash liners and stretch film.

May 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


BOC soon to own land for public park in Fairview Estates

The Newton County Board of Commissioners finally voted, unanimously, to authorize the purchase of more than 16 acres of vacant land in Fairview Estates from SunTrust Bank for $300,000.

May 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


More info needed about Norfolk-Southern railroad

How much would the Norfolk Southern railroad cost to buy? Would ownership of the railroad corridor produce enough revenue to pay for its yearly maintenance and even produce a profit?

May 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC District 4 - J.C. Henderson (D, Incumbent)

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially announced Friday that he would be running for a fourth straight term on the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

May 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


New Chamber president meets with community leaders

New chamber President Hunter Hall spoke with several prominent community members at a meet-and-greet ceremony at the Chamber Wednesday morning. The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hired Hall on April 7 to grow chamber membership, meet current members' needs and manage the chamber staff.

April 30, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A Yarn of a Tale

This is the third part of a series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County, as well as the county's continuing efforts to attract new business. This part examines the history of yarn converter Beaver Manufacturing in Mansfield, one of the county's oldest and most successful industries.

April 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


CPD donates to Washington Street Community Center kid’s programs

With the D.A.R.E. program no longer operating, the Covington Police Department wanted to find an alternate way to help children in the community. On Friday, the CPD Chief Stacey Cotton presented a $9,332 check to the Washington Street Community to help support the numerous children's tutoring and enrichment programs provided by the center.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Cancer patients, survivors walk for cure at Relay

Air Force Capt. Scott Byrum returned home from the Middle East last November. Steve and Becky Byrum were thrilled that their son had come back unscathed from this third tour of duty. But as too often happens, an insidious disease reared its ugly head and turned joy into devastation - Becky was diagnosed with lung cancer.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Kenneth Hardeman to run for D4 BOC

District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson will face competition in the July 20 Democratic primary, as local educator Kenneth Hardeman announced he will vie for the seat.

April 25, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman


BOC denies group home request

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued its historical trend against approving permits for group homes that don't have full community support.

April 23, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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