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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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Small fire at Cousins Middle School

The Covington Fire Department has responded to a small fire in the ceiling of Cousins Middle School Wednesday afternoon.

January 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC taps pick for next county manager

If he's willing, Transportation Director Tom Garrett will be groomed to become Newton County's next county manager.

January 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Volunteers clean cemetery; clothing, food donated

Volunteers were out in force Monday, honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by trying to improve their community.

January 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Land deals discussed in executive session

No major industries or industrial land developers have been recruited to Newton County since Baxter International in April 2012, but a handful of land deals are at least being discussed.

January 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Real 'Mystic Grill' is open for those who want a bite

The square was packed with cars Tuesday night, and it wasn't because of the Board of Commissioners meeting. The real Mystic Grill Restaurant is finally open.

January 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cemetery cleanup today for MLK Day

Newton County has approximately 270 cemeteries that have been located, many of them small family or church cemeteries that have deteriorated over the years due to neglect as their locations and purpose faded from people's consciousness.

January 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton has 5 of Fortune's Top 100 workplaces

Newton County residents looking for a great place to work locally may want to consider the five companies that garnered spots on the 2014 list of FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber sets 2014 priorities

Only 10 of the 89 Baxter International families who have relocated to work at the new manufacturing plant on the Newton/Walton county border have chosen to live in Covington, and new chamber board Chairman Dan Murphy says that's not good enough.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


KCNB plans litter cleanups

Taking their lead from Major League Baseball, members of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful are having their own Spring Training this year.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court helps mentally ill avoid jail

Prosecutors are trained to seek justice, but for years the only kind of justice they could provide for people in need of serious help was to lock them up.

January 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn's new mayor could be leaving

Newborn got a new mayor Monday, but the city might need another one sooner than expected.

January 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Acclaimed organist to headline hymn festival

An internationally known organist and expert on improvisation will put unique spins on a series of 11 church hymns, while being accompanied by four area choirs, a bell choir, a brass quintet, a special dance performance and the voices of those attending First Presbyterian Church's upcoming hymn festival.

January 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Chamber honors Loeble

Bill Loeble has devoted much of his life to improving the lives of others at every stage of development, from young men learning responsibility and nature skills, to college students preparing for a bright future, to manufacturing laborers earning a steady wage and providing for their families.

January 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City hires new utilities director

Covington has hired a new utility director to run its electric and gas systems, choosing a former Georgia Power employee, Tim J. Morris.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents hit hard by frozen pipes

Hundreds of Newton County residents and dozens of businesses and organizations suffered damage from broken pipes and flooding last week, with the state's insurance commissioner estimating Georgians had $75 million worth of insured losses as a result of the state's arctic weather.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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