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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


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


Newton teens arrested in Heritage High robbery

Four Newton County teens from were arrested in connection with the March 27 assault and robbery of a student in the Heritage High School parking lot and deputies are on the lookout for a fifth teen.

April 21, 2014 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Casting call for 'Taken 3' extras in Covington

Liam Neeson is back kicking bad guy butt for the third installment of the hit "Taken" series, though the plot itself is to-be-announced. Scenes are reportedly to be filmed in Covington and the production is calling for extras.

April 21, 2014 | | 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


Paving his way

A home-schooled kid with a father who dropped out of high school and a mother who dropped out of college doesn't quite fit the typical profile for a stellar college student.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Taking the challenge

THE WINNERS OF THE CHEERIOS CHALLENGE

April 19, 2014 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


Sam B. Hay, Jr. into GCA Hall of Fame

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association inducted Sam B. Hay, Jr. into the GCA Hall of Fame at the Cattlemen's Ball on Friday, April 4 during its 53rd annual convention & trade show and 17th annual Georgia Beef Expo in Perry.

April 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton HS drama presents new show

Many high-schoolers run out of the door as soon as the bell rings Friday afternoon, eager for the weekend and time away from school. Not Tawana Parker-Bellamy's cast of yellow, emerald and gold. In the auditorium, they dance, sing, laugh, play and make sure they know what type of food will be provided at an upcoming cast lunch.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


The hunt is on

Social Circle United Methodist Church kicks off its Easter celebration with its annual community egg hunt Saturday morning at Gunter Hall.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | 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


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Trial date set for Lakemper case

More than five years after the death of hotel clerk Wendy Cartledge-Carter, her alleged shooter, Cobey Wade Lakemper, is scheduled to face a Newton County jury in a death penalty trial.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chamber honors announced

Covington dentist Melvin O'Neal Baker is the recipient of the R.O. Arnold Award, given annually by the Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce.

January 27, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Rams in command

It's not often you get a regular season matchup between two Final Four teams from the previous year but that's what Newton faced Wednesday on the road at Westlake. And while the Rams lost in last year's semifinals and Westlake went on to play for a state title, it was Newton rolling to a 74-61 win.

January 27, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Bandits bind clerk, steal guns

Authorities are searching for four men who reportedly tied up a clerk and robbed her at gunpoint at Direct Gold and Pawn on Ga. Highway 36 today.

January 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


CovNews photo reprints

The Covington News photographs many events each week and you may not know it, but we also upload those photos - hundreds of photos - to our website. We do this so that you, our valued reader, can see what didn't make it into our print edition and even purchase your favorites.

January 27, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Children find body in DeKalb woods

LITHONIA - Children playing in a wooded area in DeKalb County on Wednesday came across the body of a man who had been slain.

January 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton's Henry sets scoring milestone

Newton guard Derrick Henry scored his 1,500 career point in the Rams' 61-40 win at Langston Hughes Tuesday. His 22 points propelled the Rams to their seventh straight region win on the year and 24th straight dating back to 2008.

January 26, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Computer glitch snatched tax refunds

ATLANTA - The head of the Georgia Department of Revenue says the agency tried to head off a computer glitch that removed tax refunds from the bank accounts of more than 30,000 taxpayers over the weekend before the payments were processed.

January 26, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Wind advisory until 6 p.m.

A wind advisory, issued by the National Weather Service out of Peachtree City, is now in effect until 6 P.M. this evening over much of central Georgia including Covington.

January 26, 2011 | | LOCAL


Two arrested after drawing officer’s eye

A Covington Police Officer finishing his meal break at a Waffle House was in the right place at the right time to catch a couple apparently breaking the law early Saturday morning.

January 26, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Monte Carlo arts benefit returns

Enjoy an evening of good food, casino games, an auction and a raffle on Feb. 5 at the annual Monte Carlo for the Arts benefit at the Porterdale Mill Event Center.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local astrophotographer shares pics

Social Circle resident Theo Ramaker has his eyes focused skyward.

January 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Restaurant Inspection Scores - Jan. 26

Waffle House No. 1740, 12985 BROWN BRIDGE ROAD, STE A, July 7, 96.

January 25, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gun ban in churches upheld

ATLANTA - A federal judge upheld Georgia law banning guns in churches and other places of worship by dismissing a lawsuit Monday that claims the ban violates constitutional rights to freedom of religion and bearing arms.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Immigration bill in works in General Assembly

ATLANTA - A key Republican state lawmaker on Tuesday outlined a bill he plans to file intended to crack down on illegal immigration in Georgia.

January 25, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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