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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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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Election Results 2009

Covington

Hawnethia Williams gave a yell of delight as the election results came in and she was once again voted in as the Covington City Council Post 2 West representative.

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Election Day: Voting locations

Voting ends at 7 p.m.

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


East Metro receives H1N1 injectable vaccine

The first shipment of H1N1 Injectable vaccine has arrived at the East Metro Health District serving Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties. 15,200 doses of vaccine arrived at the district office late Friday. The vaccine is being disseminated within the five health department clinics, first responders, major clinics, and some doctor's offices.

Health Department clinics in Covington will begin providing the H1N1 injectable vaccine today, Nov. 2.

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn opens new public safety building

The town of Newborn celebrated the opening of a new public safety building with a ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


SCLC reforming in Newton County

The Covington civil rights movement reached its peak in 1970 with the Black Easter march and the arrest of the Newton Six. And although discrimination is not as blatant and rampant today, many of the same local leaders who participated in those events feel Newton County still has a long way to go.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Funeral protesters under fire from family

The sister of Lanny Perry Barnes continues to allege that Anita King, Stephanie Casola and the Covington Police Department broke several city ordinances and federal and state laws during the protest of Barnes funeral. However, the City of Covington and District Attorney Ken Wynne said for them the case is closed.

November 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NMC Auxiliary host reception for Portraits of Hope

Thursday night local breast cancer survivors and their loved ones gathered to honor the staff of the Newton Medical Women's Diagnostic Center, volunteers of the NMC Auxiliary and each other.

November 01, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Pumpkin Party

Fall Fun: Three Pre-K classes at Live Oak Elementary School participated in a fun pumpkin party Thursday morning. Around 60 students, teachers, and parents took part in Halloween activities, including pumpkin and cookie decorating, a ring the pumpkin game, a bean bag toss game and facepainting.

October 30, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Your Candidates: Newborn Mayor

J.W. Cummings (Incumbent)

October 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Middle school student brings knife to school

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to Liberty Middle School after a student told his teacher that his classmate had brought a knife to school.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO - Oct. 30

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Your Candidates: Newborn Town Council

Wanda Cummings (incumbent)

October 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Boy Scout nature center dedicated to a distinguished local volunteer

Distinguished Eagle Scout John S. "Jack" Langford, a Senior Judge of the Superior Court of Georgia, was honored Saturday during a dedication for the newly built nature center at Bert Adams Scout Reservation in Covington. Langford was and continues to be an important leader for the Boy Scouts of the Atlanta area. As a cornerstone of the newly renovated Camp Bert Adams, the Nature Center will carry on Langford's legacy as it helps to meet the growing needs of the thousands of Scouts and their leaders that attend the camp every year.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Brett Bennett named Covington YMCA volunteer of year for 2009

The Covington Family YMCA is recognizing Brent Bennett as its 2009 volunteer of the year. Bennett will be honored at the Metro Atlanta YMCA annual volunteer recognition dinner Nov. 5 at the Georgia World Congress Center.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Health care town hall meeting on Thursday

The Newton County Democratic Party is holding a health care town hall meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the jury panel room at the Newton County Judicial Center at 1132 Usher Street.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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