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Deadline looms for decision on car tax

Georgians who purchased a new or used automobile in 2012 or in early 2013 have until Friday to decide if they want to continue to pay annual car taxes or pay a one-time tax up-front.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Scholarship gala to honor Goodman

The Newton County Historical Committee on Black Heritage Preservation is honoring City Councilwoman Janet Goodman at its first Scholarship Gala Friday, Feb. 28, beginning at 6 p.m., at Under the Stars Banquet Center in Oxford. Tickets are $25.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Settlement ends Mansfield Power Line Conflict

Mansfield officials' two-and-half-year fight to prevent a new power line from being built through their city has fallen short, as the city agreed this month to accept a $250,000 settlement.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crash kills 20-year-old

A single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 25, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Explorers compete in Gatlinburg

Twenty-four young adults in the Covington Police Explorers program recently traveled to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to take part in the 2014 Boy Scouts of America Winterfest Competition, and placed in one of the competitions.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


20-year-old killed in fiery car crash

A fatal single-vehicle crash killed a 20-year-old Covington man and sent two others to the hospital.

February 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Arbor Day Celebration

Arbor Day Celebration in Newborn Ga.

February 23, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Former Main Street director takes over retail recruitment

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce decided to fill its vacant industrial recruiter position in-house, tabbing retail recruiter Dave Bernd, a former 33-year Kimberly Clark executive, to lead its efforts.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO honors former deputy killed in Afghanistan

The family of a Mansfield man killed Christmas Eve 2012 in Afghanistan accepted honors and recognitions on the man's behalf for his heroic services globally and in the Newton County community.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


The News will live stream retail meeting tonight

UPDATE: Just a reminder that the chamber is hosting a public meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. to go over the county's latest retail study, give the public a chance to weigh in and provide interested locals with resources to start their own business. If you can't make the meeting, The Covington News will be live streaming the meeting at CovNews.com.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Car reported stolen from sales lot

An employee at an auto dealership reported that someone stole one of the vehicles from the business.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Watershed concern could scuttle plan for new McDonald's

McDonald's wants to open a location on Ga. Highway 11, attached to the BP gas station just off I-20, but residents and officials are split on whether to grant an exception to the county's watershed laws.

February 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Families encouraged to apply for farm awards

Even though most Georgians are several generations removed from their family farm, many can trace their family history back to a farm and even still have relatives farming the family home place.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton couple serving on Young Farmer committee

Newton County Farm Bureau members B.J. and Kaci Marks of Covington are serving on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee for 2014.

February 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO honors employees for service

The Newton County Sheriff's Office honored its deputies and employees for their service to the community Friday.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


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Programs to mark MLK holiday

Newton County's Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Observance Committee is preparing for its annual MLK Ecumenical Program and invites the public to attend and participate in its activities, which include some new initiatives.

January 04, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Brrrrrace yourself for bitterly cold weather

Next week is expected to bring some of the coldest weather Atlanta's seen in a decade, and local officials are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, their pets and their homes.

January 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Through the camera

The New Year's Eve parties spilled out into the streets for a few in Newton County Tuesday night. Riding along with the Newton County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit, you gain a whole new respect for those who keep our county safe.

January 04, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Government moves to appeal surveillance ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration moved Friday to ask the secretive U.S. spy court to allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


NC politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (AP) - Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

January 03, 2014 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Jan. 3

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.06 at BP, located at Ga. Highway 162 and Ga. Highway 212.

January 03, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman reportedly fights woman, deputies on New Year’s

A woman began her New Year in the ER and in jail after she was reportedly arrested for fighting a woman at a gas station and then deputies Wednesday morning.

January 02, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


Students learn through serving others

On Friday, Dec. 20, 4th- through 8th- grade students from Montessori School of Covington focused on what they could do for others rather than what they could give and receive. Students held a food, clothing and used toy drive during December at the school, and on Friday took hundreds of donated food items to Willing Helpers Food Pantry.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man caught for robbery at traffic stop

Robbers struck a pizza store New Year's morning using a fake gun and a sock and then ran straight into a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office traffic stop where they were caught.

January 02, 2014 | Danielle Everson | LOCAL


2014 primary to be May 20

The 2014 election season will get off to a quicker-than-usual start in Georgia with the state's Primary Election set for May 20, nearly two full months earlier than the traditional mid-July date.

January 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A guide to being a state legislator

After Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced he wasn't seeking reelection, three contenders immediately stepped up, and with every state seat up for election in 2014, more announcements are coming.

January 02, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton's newest

Newton Medical Center is proud to welcome Ezra Paul Joyce as the first baby delivered in its BirthCare Center in 2014.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Robbers flee into traffic stop

Robbers struck a pizza store New Year's morning using a fake gun and a sock and then ran straight into a Rockdale County Sheriff's Office traffic stop where they were caught.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputies nab man fleeing checkpoint

A Covington man who fled a traffic checkpoint just before Christmas was caught and arrested after Rockdale deputies found drugs and a stolen gun in his car.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Lowest gas price - Jan. 2

The lowest price for regular fuel is $3.19 at Chevron, located at 10176 Alcovy Road and City Pond Road.

January 02, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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