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Property tax rate likely to drop in FY15

Commissioners got some good news Tuesday night at their budget work session, including learning their health insurance bill will be at least $339,660 lower and seeing rising property values that would allow the board to make good on its promise to lower the millage rate.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council unsure how to use Legion Field

Covington City Council members are still unsure whether they want to allow Legion Field on Mill Street to be rented for private events and whether they want to charge a fee or simply a refundable deposit.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber still seeking Main Street head

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is on its second search this year to try and find the next director for Main Street Covington – after its first two finalists backed out for personal reasons in late February/early March – and chamber president Hunter Hall is confident one of the remaining two finalists will work out.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Gazebo, square plan voted down by council

The proposed Covington gazebo is a no go.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Deputy arrested for child molestation

A former Newton County deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly inappropriately touching a child multiple times between 2006 and 2011.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC working on budget to drop tax rate

With a goal of lowering the county's property tax rate, after raising it last year, the Newton County Board of Commissioners is set to kick off its part of the budget process in earnest and officials will be looking for ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bear spotted south of Newborn

A large bear was spotted south of Newborn this week, and the Jasper County man who initially reported the bear says there is evidence it's hanging around, but an official with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said real concern doesn't set in until a bear starts damaging property or stops showing fear.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Smart Growth’s political forum Monday

Early voting for the May 20 Primary begins Friday, and local group Smart Growth Newton County is giving residents a chance to hear from all the local and state candidates facing opposition this year.

April 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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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


Officials push promotion of Stanton Springs

Stanton Springs, the industrial park housing Baxter International's $1 billion manufacturing campus, could soon be promoted to passersby on Interstate 20.

January 23, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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


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