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BOE adopts millage rate

The Newton County Board of Education officially adopted a millage rate for maintenance and operations at 20 after the third public hearing and July combined meeting Tuesday night, giving even more than originally planned back to teachers and school employees.

July 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to add code officer, clean up properties

Minutes after passing the city's budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road

Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Live: 2014 Primary runoff results

Today's primary election runoff races will determine several local, state and federal races.

July 22, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton defeats Brooks in runoff

Dave Belton will face Democrat B.P. "Patsy" Harrys in the general election for Georgia House District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Memories of Sherman’s visit

This is the second in a series of columns in partnership with Georgia Perimeter College professors concerning the Civil War and its local ties to Newton County some 150 years after the war that divided America.

July 22, 2014 | Kathleen DeMarco | LOCAL


City puts off bus service idea

A bus service may someday be available for elderly residents of Covington, but not now, not yet.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


New bridge to reconnect residents to county

Last summer's rains put the nail in an old coffin of a bridge separating a handful of Newton County residents from the remainder of the county.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Home is where the film shoots

From the locations to the cast, almost everything in the new movie "Operator" might be recognizable by Newton County residents - and that is because the film's team utilized mostly local resources for the action-thriller.

July 22, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


No dead chickens, dolls with pins in them

"I was dispatched to a duplex in reference to an elderly woman requesting a deputy go to the adjoining apartment and tell the occupant to stop sending voodoo through the wall into her apartment. The complainant stated nobody ever did anything when she called and she wanted a report and for it to stop," wrote Deputy Mark Lovell in an incident report taken Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:05 p.m.

July 22, 2014 | | LOCAL


Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


Public comment disclaimer

It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Four arrested in two separate burglaries earlier this week

Four people have been arrested in two separate burglaries, and according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell, citizens of the county have been instrumental in apprehending those who authorities believe responsible.

April 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Friday Scrapbook

A half moon shines down through the Georiga pines.

April 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Crowell Road permanent repair delayed

A section of Crowell Road, between Brown Bridge Road and Interstate 20, was washed away during September's flooding but temporarily repaired in early November. On Tuesday night, County Engineer Kevin Walter asked the Board of Commissioners to approve the design of a permanent fix; they didn't like the price and voted against the proposal.

April 09, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two suffer minor injuries in Wednesday morning crash

Traffic on Interstate 20 west was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday morning due to an overturned tractor trailer. The accident occurred at mile marker 99 in Newton County between Hazelbrand Road and Ga. Highway 11 around 7:30 a.m.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for attacking wife with sharp household tool

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home Creekview Boulevard after a call came in that a man was attempting to hit a woman with a chainsaw.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lucky winners

Instruments of success: Alcovy High School Band recently to announced the winners of a recent drawing held to raise money for a field trip to Orlando, Fla., where the band performed. Frank's Restaurant Inc. donated a Sanyo 42" plasma television which was the first prize of the drawing. The winner of the television was Ken Ridling (back right). Winners of Frank's gift certificates were River and Nancy Rutledge (front row) and Laverne Small. Michael Castellana, general manager of Frank's Restaurant, said, "I would like to encourage small businesses and parents to do what they can to help ...

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Step into Spring

The Georgia Wildlife Federation invites families to stroll the trails, boardwalks and gardens at the Alcovy Conservation Center in Covington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Attorney requests dismissal of charges for J.C. Henderson

An attorney for District 4 County Commissioner J.C. Henderson has filed a motion to have the charges of battery against the commissioner dismissed.

April 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington Lions Club to host 38th Annual Chicken Barbecue cookout

For nearly four decades the arrival of spring has meant it was almost time for the annual Covington Lions Chicken Barbecue.

April 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Three people injured in Friday afternoon crash

Three people were sent to Atlanta hospitals Friday afternoon following an accident on Ga. Highway 11 and Interstate 20.

April 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hunting for Easter eggs

On the hunt: Excited Palmer-Stone Elementary kindergarten students crossed the street to the Quad at Oxford College Thursday morning to gather Easter eggs. At the sound of a whistle, the smiling students raced to gather candy- and sometimes money-filled eggs hidden in the grass, trees and plants. Afterwards, the kindergarten classes enjoyed lunch and the beautiful weather before returning to school.

Here comes Peter Cottontail: The Easter Bunny himself helped drop thousands of colorful Easter eggs from a helicopter onto Legion Field Saturday afternoon. The large crowd of children and their parents charged the field as soon as the helicopter ...

April 04, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Covington YMCA to host a Cheerios Challenge for children

When one of the community's largest non-profit organizations partners with one of the county's largest industries, you know it's a big deal. And 2010's 9th annual Cheerios Challenge figures to be the biggest yet, maybe even topping 1,000 runners and volunteers.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Walgreens one step closer to Covington

The City of Covington is one step closer to getting its first Walgreens, after the former Shell station on the corner of Elm St. and U.S. Highway 278 had all of its gasoline storage tanks removed this week.

April 04, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CPD arrests two parties for drug use in hotels

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to America's Best Value Inn around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, where the manager reportedly told them the two men who rented room 209 had multiple people inside, violating their verbal contract with him.

April 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Census: growth dramatically lower in 2009

Construction numbers throughout 2009 showed that growth in Newton County was falling off a cliff; the Atlanta Regional Commission's 2009 population estimates illustrate just how steep that cliff is.

April 02, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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