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Water and sewer rates changing

Some Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority (NCSWA) users will have lower rates starting July 1.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC renews accreditation

Georgia Perimeter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


‘When all else fails, ham radio works!’

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. In such cases, the one consistent service that never fails is amateur radio. Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of "ham" radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. Next weekend, Newton County "hams" will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators across the nation in demonstrating their emergency capabilities.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary club installs new officers, president

The Rotary Club of Covington inducted its new officers Tuesday, as Brad Bettis handed over the president's gavel to Janet Brewer.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local teacher attends space camp

A Rockdale County teacher joined 204 middle school math and science teachers to take a teacher-only field trip out of this world.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Testing overhaul

What students, parents and teachers have been doing to prepare for and take tests until now may not cut it next year, and the Newton County Schools administration is doing its best to prepare for a more rigorous year.

June 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


2050 Plan to be discussed in series of meetings

The 2050 Plan, both lauded and applauded, will be discussed in a series of public meetings starting July 14.

June 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GPC has accreditation reaffirmed

Georgia Perimiter College, which has a campus in Newton County, received good news recently.

June 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington to lower property tax rate

Editor's note: The article "City joins rail case, OKs budget" in Wednesday's newspaper contained a reporter's error regarding the millage rate, and this article was written, in part, to correct that error and clarify the situation.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dive into summer

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


News given 14 APME awards

The Covington News was honored with 14 Associated Press Media Editors awards at a ceremony in Atlantic Station Saturday.

June 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington's fire ISO rating improves

Covington residents could be seeing some savings on their homeowners insurance in coming years thanks to the city's fire protection rating improving.

June 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Grace Christian Academy needs funding to continue

A Covington private school is in desperate need of funding to buy the property it sits on or face an even steeper Plan B or C.

June 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Practicing healthy living at 4-H day camp

What if the SWAT team never practiced?

June 21, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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Race for statewide utility regulatory commission under radar

Although the Georgia Public Service Commission gets little fanfare, the outcome of the 2010 race for one of its open seats could affect local residents more than any other statewide race.
The PSC regulates services provided by telecommunications, electric and natural gas companies, as well as the rates they charge to customers. The PSC does not regulate city-owned services, like the utilities sold by the city of Covington. It does regulate companies like Atmos Energy, Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power.
One seat on the five-member board is up for election in 2010. Democrat Keith Moffett and four republicans, Sen ...

July 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Jam-packed: jail overcrowding worsened by guard lay offs

The Newton County Jail was built to hold 650 inmates, but with budget cuts and an increase in crime in the county, there are several inmates sleeping on cots on the floor. And according to Detention Administrator Captain Sammy Banks, the detention center is scheduled to take a hit with significant cuts to its staff this week.

July 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to host bad weather preparedness presentation

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program launched three meetings in the month of June with more than 30 citizens participating. The Block Captains worked very hard to meet, speak and hand out information to as many citizens within Newborn as possible.

Information presented by Deputy Doug Clifton gave citizens a guide to knowing how to help resolve some of the issues presented. With the focus of the organization being on "Citizens Doing Their Part," the overall feeling was that we felt that we have an organized method to voice our concerns to the mayor and with the mayor and council's ...

July 08, 2010 | Suzanne Bean Coordinator, Newborn Neighborhood Watch | LOCAL


Man dies in work release

A 21-year-old man was found dead in the Newton County work release facility Saturday morning.

July 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


BOC clarifies senior services; could be restructured

The BOC held a senior services work session Tuesday night, and once again decided that the current structure of the organization's board of directors was not working. Two key shortcomings cited by officials were a lack of participation and the inability or unwillingness to do fundraising.

After a year of discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors structure at senior services, the BOC approved a memorandum of agreement Tuesday night with the non-profit Newton County Senior Services, which operates the county's senior center. However, as part of the MOA, the BOC and NCSS board will work together during ...

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOC officially approves 10.91 rollup rate

On Tuesday, the Newton County Board of Commissioners officially approved a 10.91 millage rate for FY2011, three weeks after approving the $46.3 million budget that depended on increased property revenues from that rollup millage rate.

The millage rate approval had to be delayed in order to give the county time to properly advertise the revised 10.91 rate as required by law; previously the 9.73 rate had been the only rate publicly advertised.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Weekend train accident victims identified

Georgia State Patrol Public Information Officer Gordy Wright said Danny and Linda Long were the occupants of an SUV travelling north on Ga. Highway 81 near The Depot early Saturday afternoon when they were hit by a westbound train.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Lions’ Share

On Thursday, June 24, the Covington Lions held their New Officer Installation Banquet.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Flood Insurance Program resumes issuing policies

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friends of WSCC pledge $3,000 in donations

The Friends of Washington Street Community Center continues to grow and 36 donors have pledged more than $3,000 in 2010.

July 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Bank of North Georgia hosts peanut butter and jelly food drive

Bank of North Georgia will host its third annual Back-to-School Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit 27 local food pantries that are located near the bank's 43 branches. The drive will be Monday, July 12, through Saturday, July 31, during normal banking hours.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Salem Campmeeting Schedule

The annual Salem Campmeeting will be held from July 9-16 at Salem Camp Ground, located at 3940 Salem Road, Covington, Ga. 30016. During the week, speakers from local churches will lead the gathered campers in a time of worship and growing closer to God.

July 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 armed bandits rob Kay Jewelers

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are looking for three men who are accused of robbing the employees at Kay Jewelers at gunpoint Monday afternoon.

July 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Salem Camp boasts new features thanks to families, business

Salem Campground will be holding its 182nd meeting from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 9 – 16. Those attending the meeting will be delightfully surprised when they see the campground's new look.

July 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


NCSO looking for ice cream truck driver

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home in the Alcovy Mobile Home Park Monday afternoon by parents who alleged an ice cream man inappropriately touched their daughter.

July 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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