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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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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

New Leaf apartments available for rent

Apartments are being snatched up at the recently-opened New Leaf Center, but there were still 21 one-bedroom units available as of early Tuesday.

January 14, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL

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