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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


BioScience training center breaks ground

Officials celebrated construction starting on the Georgia BioScience Training Center, a facility set to open in early 2015 that will both help train future Baxter International employees and be used to recruit other life sciences industries to Georgia.

April 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Baxter to split into two companies

Baxter International's Thursday announcement to split its business, which had more than $15 billion in revenue in 2013, into two companies in mid-2015 won't have any effect on the construction of the $1 billion manufacturing campus being built just outside Social Circle. One thing that will change for sure is the plant's name.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington airport gets new fuel tanks

Covington continues to make upgrades to the city's airport and is seeing increased traffic.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Durden's allegations formally denied

Former Newton County landscaper Billy Durden believes county officials and current county landscaper Gary Campbell conspired to cause him to lose his longtime contract with the county.

March 29, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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Retail business looking at vacant gas station

Another retail business could be coming to Covington's Ga. Highway 142 commercial corridor.

February 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City plans to add gazebo to square

Covington officials want their iconic square park to be used even more frequently in 2014 and are planning to add some new touches.

February 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Covington city court judge resigns

(Note: Attached to this article is the audio recording of the speech Covington Municipal Court Judge Steven Hathorn gave to the city council, explaining and defending comments a court employee said were prejudiced against black defendants. Also, attached to the article is a PDF copy of a transcript (transcribed by The News) from part of the Jan. 22 municipal court session, which caused a court employee to accuse Judge Steven Hathorn of racial prejudice.)

February 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Main Street may finally move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, could finally be moving under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce after more than eight months of discussions.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Survivor Sunday to honor cancer survivors

While two teams battle for the ultimate prize in football today, next Sunday will see Covington and Newton County honor true fighters, those who literally battle death.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Public invited to offer opinions of retail needs, wants

You've shared your thoughts about Newton County's lack of shopping and dining options for years with friends and on Facebook, but now is your chance to finally tell someone who can do something about it.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County investigates landscaper’s claims

Newton County is investigating claims made by former county lawn-care contractor Billy Durden, who informed the county in late November he is planning to sue, claiming wrongful termination and libel and slander.

February 01, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former lawn care contractor to sue county

Update, 12:51 p.m.: County Attorney Tommy Craig said the county is investigating the claims made by Billy Durden in the ante litem notice and expects to finish the investigation shortly.

January 31, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County could change leadership structure

Newton County's future county manager is already in place with transportation director Tom Garrett being appointed to assistant county manager, but what happens when Garrett leaves?

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hackathon to connect local web developers, businesses

Businesses and organizations needing web help and local web designers and developers looking for work have a chance to connect Saturday at a first-of-its-kind event in Newton County.

January 30, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC: Progress needed on tax cut

When commissioners raised the property tax rate in July, they pledged to lower the rate within two years, but six months later commissioners have made little progress on finding ways to increase revenue and cut costs.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Candidate Collins offers government overhaul ideas

Congressional candidate Mike Collins has a 10-point plan to overhaul Washington, D.C., and ease the anger and fear he hears when he talks to Georgia residents.

January 28, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County has big retail plans

Newton County needs more shopping options. For local residents, that's an obvious statement, one they've been harping on for decades as Covington lost clothing stores and its lone movie theater and bowling alley.

January 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garrett begins Monday

Tom Garrett will start as assistant county manager Monday, and he's looking forward to using his experience and education to serve the citizens and help the county run efficiently.

January 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Garrett accepts asst. county manager job

Update, 1:02 p.m.: Tom Garrett "enthusiastically accepted" the position of assistant county manager and has agreed to a salary of $82,316, according to County Attorney Tommy Craig. The salary must still be approved by the Board of Commissioners.

January 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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