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Savannah port deepening boosts Newton Co.

Savannah's international shipping port is deepening, and while the coastal city is best known as a vacation spot for locals, its effects on Newton County's economy could be much larger.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sports bar, Jimmy John’s, 3 others coming

Covington is getting five new businesses, including three restaurants, a medical products company and a women's clothing boutique on the square, continuing an uptick in retail businesses for the city.

May 27, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Brick Store Overlay moves forward

The vision being carried out by Newton County's leaders is one of controlled growth and high-quality development; however, it's clear many large land owners are concerned about how this vision will affect their ability to sell their land.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County plans to professionally staff volunteer fire stations

Newton County's growing population is leading to more fire and medical emergency calls, and Newton County Fire Chief Kevin O'Brien wants to more effectively use the county's multiple remaining volunteer fire stations in the public safety fight.

May 24, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council Notebook: Legion Park plans questioned

Floyd Street resident Hugh Burnett presented the Covington City Council Monday with a list of questions he and his neighbors would like to see answered before the city begins work to turn Legion Field into a public park and event space.

May 23, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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Electric workers recovering from burns

Two Covington electric workers are recovering well this week after being injured on the job last Friday when a wire came loose, causing an arc flash – where electricity travels through the air between conductors – and burning the workers.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Voter turnout underwhelms; runoffs to ramp up

Newton County's voter turnout for Tuesday's Primary Election was the lowest it's been since at least 2008, as 18.45 percent of the county's 55,141 active, registered voters cast ballots.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Election


Dollar General, McDonald’s coming to east side

A Dollar General and McDonald's are planning to come to Newton County's east side, and officials and residents hope the stores are a precursor to future development.

May 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City to buy 97 acres in heart of town

The Covington City Council voted to purchase a wooded 97.78-acre tract in the heart of the city that touches five separate neighborhoods and could add more connectivity to the city in the future.

May 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Headed to the runoffs

Election night had very little drama Tuesday as local incumbents fared well, and the expected favorites across the state prevailed, though a couple of important Newton County elections are headed to the July 22 runoff.

May 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents oppose cell phone tower

Dozens of residents oppose a proposed cell phone pole on Jackson Highway, but if the Covington City Council is going to vote down the tower it has to provide evidence that the tower will negatively affect the surrounding residents' property values.

May 20, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Vote today for the 2014 Primary Election

What: The 2014 Primary Election is today, May 20. There are Newton County, Georgia and U.S. races on the ballot. Voters must choose to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primaries; they can also vote in the nonpartisan primary, but that will only include nonpartisan races.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Land owners around railroad seek payment

The Norfolk Southern railroad corridor continues to lie in limbo, but regardless of its future, local landowners whose properties the rail line cuts through believe the federal government owes them money for their property.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Porterdale 4-way to get signal by Aug. 2015

"The worst intersection in the county is going to get fixed," county Chairman Keith Ellis declared Wednesday in Porterdale, referring to the infamous four-way stop just south of town near Burger King.

May 16, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pay change could help Covington recruit

Covington has a lot of long-tenured employees, and, while that's a good thing, it's posing problems when the city tries to recruit and retain qualified replacements.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Calvary Baptist celebrates 110 years

In 1903, members from First Baptist Church of Covington decided to organize a new church in Covington's mill village as part of their mission efforts in the community. They succeeded Jan. 27, 1904.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | RELIGION


Vampire Diaries fan event tonight on Square

It's a "Vampire Diaries" extravaganza on the square tonight, as the 5th season finale will be shown on the square at the same time it's airing on TV.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Monday fire damages Porterdale house

An early morning fire damaged the house at 36 Pine St. in Porterdale, sending one resident to the hospital because of smoke inhalation, though the person was treated and released the same day.

May 13, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Porterdale


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