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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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Suspicious Fires ignited at local gas stations

Covington firefighters are trying to determine whether small recent fires at two different Pure gas stations were deliberately set.

November 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Oxford native dies after soccer game at Georgia Southern

lexander Scott Pace, a 20-year-old Oxford resident, died Oct. 27, following an intramural soccer game at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where he was a student.

November 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Homeless shelter behind on rent, utilities

The Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter is once again paying rent to the Covington Housing Authority, but remains around $21,000 behind on payments.

November 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City approves interim plan to run airport

The Covington City Council unanimously approved an airport plan that calls for the city to hire three employees, buy around $20,000 worth of equipment and increase its liability insurance to cover operating the airport.

November 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bless the pets

Blessed doggy: On Saturday, Oct. 23, Dr. Doug Gilreath, Senior Pastor of Covington First United Methodist Church held the first Blessing of the Animals for the Community on the downtown square in Covington. The service followed the Annual Mutt Show sponsored by the Humane Society. Members of the community were invited to bring the dogs, cats, fish, turtles, rabbits, any of their beloved pets to be blessed. To view more pictures of the event you can visit their Facebook page - search for Covington FUMC.

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County meets to discuss agriculture protection

Newton County was chosen to participate in a free, state pilot program that will help it protect its agricultural land, and had its first meeting regarding the program this week.

October 31, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Phantom Folklore - Burge Plantation

When planning a wedding, many a bride has decided on Burge Plantation, a regal old home that sits just a bit off the road in Mansfield, surrounded by trees. The home is lovingly maintained, filled with antiques, and the perfect place to make memories. It's also home to several guests that usually aren't on the invitation list to the various functions held at Burge - ghosts who have roamed the property for hundreds of years.

October 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have a Happy Halloween

In search of some Halloween fun? Here's a roundup of events:

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Georgia Farm Bureau to award agriculture scholarships

Ten scholarships valued at $14,250 are available from the Georgia Farm Bureau to Newton County high school students who plan to major in agriculture, family and consumer science or a related agricultural field.

October 31, 2010 | | LOCAL


Recycle at the Covington News and all proceeds go to the Newspapers in Education Program

Want to recycle and also help educate Newton County students for free? Then bring your office paper and junk mail to the recycling bin in the back parking lot of The Covington News and all proceeds will go toward the Newspapers in Education program for Newton County students.

October 31, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Boss takes charge

A trail ride needs a trail boss, and who could be better for the job than someone named Susan Boss?

October 31, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Recycling bin available at The News

Want to recycle and also help educate Newton County students for free? Then bring your office paper and junk mail to the recycling bin in the back parking lot of The Covington News and all proceeds will go toward the Newspapers in Education program for Newton County students.

October 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eastside to stage fall festival on Saturday

Eastside High School's prom committee is trying to keep the cost of its prom down by staging a fall festival on Saturday, with all proceeds going to the March 19 dance.

October 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cracker Barrel expected to come to Covington

Cracker Barrel is expected to announce plans in 2011 for a Covington restaurant, and it could be followed by a few other national chains, providing positive signs for a county seeking commercial growth in a depressed economy, as well as more consumer options.

October 29, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sex offenders to attend Halloween shut-in

For parents whose children will be going door-to-door in search of treats on Saturday, they will have one less danger to worry about. Sex offenders who are currently on parole or probation in Newton County are required to report to the sheriff's office during peak door-knocking hours.

October 29, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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