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Knight dispels rumors on her opinions

COVINGTON, Ga. - City Manager Leigh Anne Knight took a moment during the Covington City Council's May 15 meeting to dispel rumors about her opinion ...

May 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Historic South Carolina brick found in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington City Councilman Chris Smith said a local resident presented him with a historic brick found on a city street earlier this month ...

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington denies special use permit for body shop

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council denied a special use permit (SUP) for an auto body repair shop on Eagle Drive in a 5-1 vote ...

May 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Henderson's Restaurant announces closing

COVINGTON, Ga. - Henderson's Restaurant, located at 11885 Highway 36 in Covington, announced it is officially closed with Facebook post Tuesday afternoon. The announcement comes ...

May 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Business


Tony Smith resigns from Covington Fire

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Fire Department (CFD) Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tony Smith filed his letter of resignation with the City of Covington at the ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Three Ring Studios ready to progress

COVINGTON, Ga. - Three Ring Studios, the future home of film, music and gaming development in Covington, is well on its way to becoming a reality ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


NHS students charged after jumping on patrol car

COVINGTON, Ga. - Two Newton High School students were charged with disorderly conduct after videos surfaced on social media of them standing and jumping on a ...

May 13, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


Three Ring job fair expected this summer

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington/Newton County Economic Development Vice President David Bernd said a job fair for Three Ring Studios will most likely happen towards the ...

May 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington starts budget review process

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council met Monday night in the first of its scheduled work sessions to review the proposed 2017-2018 City of Covington ...

May 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington takes step towards alcohol ordinance changes

The Covington City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with allowing its city attorney and planning and zoning director work towards creating new sections in ...

May 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


PHOTO GALLERY: Preschool students head to the farm

COVINGTON, Ga. - Berry's Tree Farm hosted the annual Farm Bureau Farm Day for Newton County Preschool students Friday. Students had the opportunity to pet ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Sen. Anderson, Rep. Dickerson host Town Hall Meeting

COVINGTON, Ga. - Representative Pam Dickerson and Senator Tonya Anderson host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday night in this historic courthouse on the Covington Square. The ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


City approves cemetery relocation

COVINGTON, Ga. – In a split vote, the Covington City Council approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery at 5377 Eagle Drive after plans for a ...

May 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington Mayor drops ‘bomb’

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said the social media allegations against him have gone too far in a statement Monday night during the Covington ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


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Covington considers city marshal positions

The City of Covington will meet Monday night to discuss the specifics of possibly adding two City Marshals for code enforcement in the city limits.

March 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Melanie Bell: Filling 40-year-old shoes and making them her own

Newton County Probate Judge Melanie Bell decided she was going to pursue a career in law when she was nine years old and has been at the top of her class ever since pursuing her goal.

March 25, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Faces of Newton


GPTC's DeKalb campus back open after power loss

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) DeKalb Campus, on North Indian Creek Drive, is back open Thursday, March 23, after a complete loss of power Wednesday, due to Tuesday night's storm.

March 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


2017 SPLOST Results

UPDATE March 21, 8:35 p.m.: With all the precincts reporting, 2004 votes were cast in favor of the SPLOST, while 647 votes were cast against it, Steele reported.

March 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Local


Mayor Johnston advocates for voter participation

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston encouraged everyone to get out and vote during his comments Monday night at the Covington City Council meeting.

March 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Cemetery relocation initiated in Covington

A small cemetery within the city limits of Covington will be on the move to make way for a proposed senior living and memory care center, if approved by the Covington City Council.

March 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


County, SWA cannot approve ADS contract

County Manager Lloyd Kerr said as county ordinances stand now, neither the Newton County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) nor the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) could vote to go into contract with Advanced Disposal Services (ADS) for curbside pickup because of the clause requiring mandated service in its contact.

March 18, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | County


CFD promotes four

Covington Fire Chief Stoney Bowles, right, introduces four employees who were promoted within the department during the March 6 Covington City Council meeting. From left, Engineer Brett Madsen, Lieutenant Danny Garner, Captain Ricky Tanner and Deputy Chief David Copeland.

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


PHOTO GALLERY: Montessori School students host chili luncheon

The Montessori School of Covington opened its doors Monday morning to local community servants for a chili lunch, specially made by students of the Early Childhood classes. The annual event brought law enforcement, firefighters, elected officials and other community members to sample four different types of chili, desserts and drinks.

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Porterdale celebrates 100 years

The Village of Porterdale celebrated its 100th birthday Saturday, in a ceremony at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium. Declared a city March 10, 1917, Porterdale continues to keep its mill village charm.

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Cities


Oxford man arrested after standoff on Emory Street

In a standoff that lasted less than five-hours, the Covington Police Department (CPD) was able to apprehend the barricaded gunman without any reported injuries.

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


Covington to conduct traffic test

The City of Covington has been testing four-way stop intersections at the Pace/Usher Streets and Floyd/Elm Streets intersections and will continue the testing for one more week to see if the traffic lights are necessary.

March 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


PHOTO GALLERY: Vampires flock to downtown Covington

Vampires fill downtown Covington as fans of "The Vampire Diaries" ready themselves for the series finale of the eight-season show.

March 10, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


BREAKING: Suspect in custody in CPD standoff

UPDATE March 9, 10 a.m.: Jody Allen Reid was officially booked into the Newton County Law Enforcement Center at 7:56 a.m. Thursday morning.

March 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Crime


Covington Fire requests ordinance update

Deputy Fire Chief for the Covington Fire Department (CFD) Tony Smith said debris in commercial sprinkler systems around the city is preventable through the addition of locking caps. The change in caps could prevent thousands of dollars' worth of damage to a building.

March 08, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


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