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Liquor store plan spurs talk about corridors

A proposal to put a new package store on the Covington Bypass Road has spurred an in-depth discussion about the future of the city's commercial corridors and what they will and should look like, with some officials' modern vision for the future clashing with others' views of what's realistic.

June 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newsflash: P'dale kayak launch Saturday

What: The Porterdale kayak launch on Yellow River will officially open with a ribbon cutting and BBQ

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAVED: local gets massive tumor removed

A massive tumor was surgically removed from a Newton County woman's stomach Tuesday after several trips to the emergency room led to a dead end and distant surgery date.

June 12, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


DDS announces new emergency initiative

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Rob Mikell, under the direction of Governor Nathan Deal, is providing a new emergency preparedness initiative for customers obtaining a driver's license or state identification card. Customers may request that their blood type be printed on the back of their permanent card. This addition is completely optional and may help medical personnel during an emergency.

June 12, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Trolley to take hotel guests downtown

Beginning this month, Covington Tourism Director Jenny McDonald will launch the chamber's new trolley and hotel partnership to bring business travelers to Covington's Historic Square.

June 12, 2014 | By Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Miracle League field nearing completion

Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson is crossing her fingers in hopes the Miracle League Field will be ready around August or September 2014.

June 12, 2014 | | LOCAL


New dance studio opens in P'dale

The former Starbound Dance Studio was reopened as Rhythm Elements Dance Studio in its same Porterdale location Saturday. Four parents of dancers who trained under Valerie Odom, before she suddenly shuttered Starbound's doors without repayment, teamed up with the owners of Rhythm Elements in Porterdale to give their children back a place to dance.

June 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Covington’s Wildwood subdivision purchased

The partially-built Wildwood subdivision off the Covington Bypass Road has been purchased by a developer who plans to move forward where other developers have stalled out.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The ‘Party Band of the South’ will play free concert Friday

The Swingin' Medallions began their nearly 50-year run with fraternity parties.

June 10, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


BOC: Rental policy at Nelson Heights center should change

County commissioners agreed Monday night that extra steps need to be taken when the Nelson Heights Community Center is rented out to ensure there's no repeat of the May 30 "Bounce Dat Ass Part II" party that ended up with gun shots reportedly being fired in the air by a car passing by the center.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County nears budget consensus

County commissioners appeared to be close Monday to reaching a consensus on next year's budget, agreeing to lower the millage rate (informally called the property tax rate) from its current 11.54 rate to somewhere around 11, a change that would save a $150,000 property owner around $30 a year in county taxes.

June 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Breast Party Ever

The Women's Diagnostic Center of Newton Medical Center is hosting the Breast Party Ever on Saturday, June 14 from 2 - 4 p.m. The community is invited to avoid the "Booby Trap" by attending a fun-filled afternoon of learning about breast cancer awareness and prevention from breast patient navigator Wendy Hankins, RN, CBPN-IC.

June 10, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Madeline Burgess: Volunteer of the year

Madeline Burgess is 81 years old and still enjoys taking a 5K-run and vows to remain active in her mind and body. This vow translated into making her city of Social Circle a better place to live in, and her fellow residents have not overlooked her efforts.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Golf tournament funds fireworks

It's not quite Christmas in June, but July 4 celebrations are set to begin early in Social Circle this year.

June 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Storm power outages

IN BRIEF: Snapping Shoals EMC is reporting 58 outages affecting 6696 customers. Snapping Shoals EMC provides electricity to 95,000 homes and businesses primarily in Newton, Rockdale, Henry and southern DeKalb counties.

June 10, 2014 | | LOCAL


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BOC approves spending freeze

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved a spending freeze at their Tuesday night meeting, effectively resulting in a de facto transfer of power from the county chairman to a majority of the board.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Screening can prevent prostate cancer deaths

As part of the Metropolitan Atlanta Prostate Proactivity Campaign, men in Newton County were treated to free prostate screenings Thursday.

January 22, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Fights result in weekend stabbings

 In two separate incidents over the weekend, three Covington residents were arrested after family arguments escalated to stabbings.

January 20, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Chamber hosts annual meeting

In the spirit of the evening's theme of "the Value of Volunteerism" Beaver Manufacturing founders Ed and Nonie Needham were honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting Tuesday night.

January 20, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Two honored with 'I Have a Dream' Award

Making a dream reality: The 2009 MLK Jr. award winners were presented their awards Sunday afternoon at Porter Memorial Hall at Newton High School. Doug Bolton of Hands on Newton, left, and the Rev. Willie J. Smith of the Newton County Ministers' Union both received the I Have A Dream Award, created in 1987. Billy 'BC' Crowell was the first winner of the newly created MLK Trailblazer Award for his years of service to the community. All honorees are selected by a nominating committee. The awards were presented as part of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday ...

January 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kennedy, Byrd taken from inaugural luncheon

WASHINGTON - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., battling a brain tumor, became ill at a post-inauguration luncheon for President Barack Obama on Tuesday and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

January 20, 2009 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Obama now president

WASHINGTON - Stepping into history, Barack Hussein Obama grasped the reins of power as America's first black president on Tuesday, saying the nation must choose "hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord" to overcome the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

In frigid temperatures, an exuberant crowd of more than a million packed the National Mall and parade route to celebrate Obama's inauguration in a high-noon ceremony. They filled the National Mall, stretching from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial in the distance.

January 20, 2009 | By Terence Hunt The Associated Press | LOCAL


CORRECTION: Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

The article "Sears manager steals to pay lawyer," printed in the Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009 edition of The Covington News, incorrectly identified the arrested manager of the store. The arrested on-site manager was, in fact, Scott Henderson. The Covington News strives to have its news reports be fair and accurate. It is our policy to promptly correct all factual mistakes. If you find an error, please report it to us by calling (770) 787-6397.

January 19, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Marching to save babies

At a kickoff event for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign at Rockdale Medical Center Friday morning, attendees were reminded what they were fighting for when new mother Mandy Young recounted what it was like when she had to be rushed in for an emergency Cesarean section.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chance to heal

The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to deal with. Sights, sounds and even smells will bring back memories of that person and, in the beginning, can overwhelm the person or people left behind to cope with the loss.

January 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested the on-site manager at Sears on Jan. 13 for processing more than $2,000 in fraudulent transactions to pay his lawyer to handle his bankruptcy case.

January 17, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


FFA camp director honored

Gov. Sonny Perdue briefly dropped by the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County Friday afternoon to take part in a dedication ceremony for a new cabin named in honor of the camp's former longtime director, Melvin Johnson.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Floral wonders

Floral design artist Al Dellinger keeps a pair of garden clippers in his car at all times. He's not afraid to pull off of the busiest streets to pluck a colorful bittersweet vine or a cheerful cluster of nandina berries.

January 17, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Arson suspected in Wed. mobile home fire

Investigators suspect a fire that consumed a single family mobile home in the northern tip of the county Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at 547 Ellington Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a passer-by, the structure was already fully engulfed in flames, said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

January 16, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fri. high 34, slight chance of snow Sat. night

Today: Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

January 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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