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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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BB&T donates $4,000 to local non-profits

CEO Shirley Smith has always thought of Repairers of the Breach as a lighthouse of hope in the community, so it's only fitting that BB&T chose to donate money and time to Repairers as part of its first Lighthouse Project.

October 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


BOC supports keeping GPC, DeKalb Tech separate

In April, a high-ranking group of education officials recommended that the state consider creating a comprehensive community college system by merging the technical colleges and two-year colleges, but now five months later, the County Commissioners are saying they believe those colleges should stay separate.

September 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Citizens want to speak during city, county meetings

A democracy is dependent on public participation, and historically public meetings like town halls and public hearings have been the vehicle to gather public input, but there is some disagreement on the role of city council and county commissioner meetings.

September 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


List of 5th judge candidates down to 8

The governor won't nominate a fifth judge for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit for at least a few more weeks, but on Monday the list of candidates was reduced from 11 to eight.

September 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Recreation Commission agrees to take over NHCC

The Recreation Commission has agreed to take control of the Nelson Heights Community Center and will bring that proposal before the Board of Commissioners at its next meeting.

September 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Town hall attendees discuss health care reform

The crowd at Saturday's health care town hall meeting at Alcovy High School had a lot of issues with the current healthcare system, but the majority of those who spoke, and U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Macon), said the current proposals would not fix the problems.

September 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sherriff’s Office recieves $57K grant for vests from government

The federal government recently became the biggest donor to the community's project to raise $113,000 for upgraded Level III bulletproof vests for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


From police force to pulpit

Jerry Lee Roberts was sworn into the Covington Police Department in August, but calling him a rookie wouldn't exactly be accurate. For starters he's 43 and a former pastor, so he has a good bit of life experience. But also, he's already been a CPD rookie - in 1987.

September 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Sewage plant overflows into Yellow River

Up to 225,000 gallons of partially-treated sewage spilled into the Yellow River on Wednesday morning, when part of the Water and Sewage Authority's wastewater treatment plant had to be closed down due to flooding.

September 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City: airport violates contract

The City of Covington could soon be running the municipal airport itself after the city council voted to conditionally terminate its contract with Atlanta East Aviation, the airport's current fixed-base operator.

September 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way to kick off fund raising campaign

Members of the Newton County United Way will hold a luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Turner Lake Complex to kick off their fundraising season.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Family claims funeral protest was 'illegal'

The death of Lanny Perry Barnes officially closed his legal case, but the protest of his funeral in July brought back up a wave of emotions and once again left two grieving families in its wake.

September 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowell's course

A very good cause: Shane Millwood and Joe Pittman were the winning team in the 2009 B.C. Crowell Scholarship Golf Tournament held Friday at the Oaks Golf Course. Tommy Hailey and Dick Schulz came in second place.

September 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Oak Hill library set to open Jan. 2011 in West Newton

Newton County's western end is scheduled to get its first library in January 2011 as the Newton County Library Board of Trustees prepares to select a general contractor on Sept. 30.

September 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court upholds 2007 BOC decision to deny Oxford asphalt plant

In Feb. 2007, the Newton County Board of Commissioners voted to deny a conditional use permit for a second asphalt plant just outside Oxford, and on Aug. 31, more than two years later, a lawsuit challenging that decision has been dismissed.

September 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Business


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