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Meeting to address Main Street transition

Main Street Covington's transition to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is complete, but some downtown business owners still have questions about how the program will work moving forward.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Deadline looms for decision on car tax

Georgians who purchased a new or used automobile in 2012 or in early 2013 have until Friday to decide if they want to continue to pay annual car taxes or pay a one-time tax up-front.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Settlement ends Mansfield Power Line Conflict

Mansfield officials' two-and-half-year fight to prevent a new power line from being built through their city has fallen short, as the city agreed this month to accept a $250,000 settlement.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Main Street director takes over retail recruitment

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce decided to fill its vacant industrial recruiter position in-house, tabbing retail recruiter Dave Bernd, a former 33-year Kimberly Clark executive, to lead its efforts.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News will live stream retail meeting tonight

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the chamber is hosting a public meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to go over the county's latest retail study, give the public a chance to weigh in and provide interested locals with resources to start their own business. If you can't make the meeting, The Covington News will be live streaming the meeting at CovNews.com.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Watershed concern could scuttle plan for new McDonald's

McDonald's wants to open a location on Ga. Highway 11, attached to the BP gas station just off I-20, but residents and officials are split on whether to grant an exception to the county's watershed laws.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County BOC could return power to chairman

County commissioners could decide to return ultimate authority to the county chairman, a move that would reverse, or least alter, the decision by a previous board in November 2011 to create a county manager form of government.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City unveils full plan for square

Covington officials took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday and also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local Christian artists plan 'Night of Worship' benefit concert

Christa Rooks and Scott England have written and recorded Christian music independently for years, but the two have found more recently that they make a good vocal team.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Senate candidate Kingston visits Covington

U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, stopped by Covington Wednesday morning for a meet and greet as he tours around the state seeking support in a crowded Republican field.

February 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City unveils full plan for square

Covington took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday, but the city also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Senate candidate Jack Kingston visits

U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, stopped by the Ashton Hills Golf Club in Covington Wednesday morning for a meet and greet as he tours around the state seeking support in a crowded Republican field.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Board of Commissioners Video for February 18th 2014

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC


Twelve Oaks gets OK to host weddings

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast will be allowed to host weddings and other special events moving forward after the Covington City Council approved an agreement Monday brokered between the bed and breakfast's owner and neighbors concerned about noise and parking.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City's CNG fueling facility is ready to go

Covington has made history, becoming the first city in Georgia to open a publicly-available compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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City's Black History event to be Feb. 22

Janet Goodman notices a lot of young people don't realize society is the way it is today because of the sacrifices of past generations. She's planning to educate them.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Will Twelve Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Landscaping lawsuit officially filed against county

Newton County's former landscape contractor Billy Durden officially filed a lawsuit against the county Feb. 7 claiming the county illegally terminated his contract, but the two sides are expected to discuss the case next week.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tonight's public retail meeting canceled

Tonight's public informational meeting about the county's latest retail study has been canceled because of weather and will be rescheduled.

February 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Will 12 Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Newborn gets new mayor

Newborn won't have a special election to fill its vacant mayor's seat as Gregg Ellwanger was the lone person to qualify for the seat.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New municipal court judge sought

The city of Covington is looking for a new municipal court judge following last week's resignation of former judge Steven Hathorn.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Main Street program to move under chamber

Main Street Covington, the program responsible for promoting and developing downtown, has been in a holding pattern with uncertainty about its future and no permanent director, but the program will finally transition under the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce next week.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Details released from BOC exec session

In light of continuing public questions and complaints, County Attorney Tommy Craig, with permission from a majority of commissioners, released some details from the Jan. 21 executive session in which commissioners discussed choosing the next county manager.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County to discuss form of govt, org chart

Though Newton County's next county manager is set to take over later this year, the Board of Commissioners is still planning to review its organizational chart and charter.

February 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weather delays Miracle League project

Abundant rain and, more recently, extreme cold, have set back the timetable back for completion of the Miracle League field project at City Pond Park, but the concession building should be completed within six to eight weeks, with work on the actual fields set to get underway soon.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local high schools shine in mock trial

Newton County's high schools could be education some pretty talented future lawyers.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Trees on square get treatments

With Arbor Day a couple of weeks away, the trees on the square were getting their monthly maintenance to keep them healthy.

February 06, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Retail Round Table with Dave Bernd and the Newton Chamber of Commerce

February 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Sponsored Business


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


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