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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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Chamber hires new president, restructures operation

The local chamber of commerce hired area businessman Hunter Hall to be its new president, but it's still searching for a big-time economic development leader.

April 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City delays decision to take over airport

Once again, Mayor Kim Carter called for the city to manage the airport and terminate its contract with the current airport manager, Dixie Jet Service.

April 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington city council to put time limit on public comments

The Covington City Council has taken the position that its two monthly meetings are first and foremost business meetings, therefore, public comments will be limited to five minutes per individual or 10 minutes per group of individuals speaking on the same side of the same topic.

April 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walgreens one step closer to Covington

The City of Covington is one step closer to getting its first Walgreens, after the former Shell station on the corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278 had all of its gasoline storage tanks removed this week.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Census: growth dramatically lower in 2009

Construction numbers throughout 2009 showed that growth in Newton County was falling off a cliff; the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2009 population estimates illustrate just how steep that cliff is.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local National Guard troops come home

Several local National Guardsmen will be returning home to their families this weekend, just in time for Easter.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CharterBank comes to Covington

CharterBank's banners were put up Monday, and company employees worked to integrate their newly purchased Covington location into their network.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vincent Van Gogh revived

Vincent Van Gogh came back to life, if only for one day, to celebrate his 157th birthday at Van Go's Studio, Arts and Gifts in Covington.

March 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City gets $300K energy efficiency grant

The City of Covington received $300,000 in stimulus money to help residents make their homes more energy efficient.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


County, The Center welcome new hires

Hosanna Fletcher is well known in Newton County as half of the two-person team that runs the non-profit group affectionately known as The Center.

March 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


McIntosh bank fails; bought out by Charter Bank

McIntosh Commercial Bank's four branches, including its Covington location, have failed and were taken over by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation late Friday afternoon. CharterBank, headquartered out of West Point, purchased all of McIntosh's $343 million in deposits and essentially all of its' $362.9 in assets, according to an FDIC press release.

March 27, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


BOE chooses new superintendent

Gary Mathews will be the next superintendent of the Newton County School System. The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved hiring Mathews by a 4-0 vote at an 8:30 a.m. special called meeting Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


State Rep. 95 - Andrea "Andre" Cooper (D)

Andrea "Andre" Cooper is running to be a state representative; he will be a Democratic candidate for the 95th District, which is currently held by Toney Collins (D-Conyers).

March 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Representative 95


City retreat focuses new 3-year plan

For two and a half days the Covington City Council discussed how to direct the city government over the next three years, as part of their strategic planning retreat held at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Camp. The council didn't create a strategic plan, but it learned the proper process for how to create one.

March 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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