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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson, Hunte vie for Commissioners seat

The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Earth Day: First Solar Power being generated in Covington

Solar Power is now being generated in Covington for the first time in the city's history, just in time for Earth Day.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber to use eco-friendly water filtration system

Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce officials recently pledged to stop drinking and supplying bottled water, because, frankly, all that plastic is not good for the environment.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Earth Day: Chamber Of Commerce says “yes” to shredding

Today, April 21, the Covinton-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsor member Newton Federal and member A Cut Above Shredding, will offer local residents and businesses the opportunity to bring documents for shredding and recycling at no charge.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


LNC asking community for food donations

The 2009-2010 class of Leadership Newton County, sponsored by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce, is asking the community for assistance on a service project they have organized during the last week in April.

April 21, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Fairy House Festival returns to Chimney Park May 1

Chimney Park behind the Newton County Library is being turned into a magical fairyland for the second annual "Fairy Houses at Chimney Park" from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. on May 1. Last year's debut event, sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of Newton Parks, drew some 1,500 attendees of all ages - many in winged costumes - to Chimney Park, a protected urban woodland right in Covington where plans are being made to create an outdoor park experience for people of all ages and abilities.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington not to pursue railroad purchase

The City of Covington will not purchase the Norfolk Southern railroad, nor have anything to do with it. The council voted 5-1 to end any city involvement in the purchase of the railroad. Councilwoman Janet Goodman was the only member opposed.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council briefs

In other news from Monday night's Covington city council meeting, the city approved using an old $265,648 federal sidewalk grant and $175,412 in local match funds to build sidewalks along Clark Street from Carroll Street to the planned roundabout. In-kind services, or planning and other work done by city officials, can be counted toward the local match.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tax Break: How industries help cover the tax gap left by homes

This is the second part of a series examining the history and economic effects of industry in Newton County, as well as the county's continuing efforts to attract new business. This second part examines how industry supports a community's ability to provide public services to its residents.

April 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Open burning ban begins May 1 for Newton County

Beginning May 1 and ending Sept. 30, EPD's open burning ban will be enforced in 54 Georgia counties. The open burning ban prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. This rule is in addition to the year-round state ban on the burning of household garbage.

April 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Getting the band together

Trombonanza! The Newton County Community Band will perform their annual spring concert on Monday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Eastside High School. Admission to the event is free. The concert is directed by T. K. Adams, and this year the community band will be joined onstage during their performance of "Trombonanza" by eighth grade trumpet players from all four middle schools. Eighth grade musicians are Javontre Lanier and Devin Patton from Veterans Memorial, Michael Conner and Kelsey Foster from Liberty, Ben Bohannon and Damel Hardamon from Indian Creek and Jacob Hill and Margaret Holley ...

April 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top Guns

 Top guns from the Atlanta area are competing head-to-head against the best "run and gun" shooters in the South this weekend at the South River Gun Club. The shooters are competing for regional titles in the 2010 U.S. Practical Shooting Association's (USPSA) Area 6 Handgun Championship sponsored by Glock.

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


2 brothers go to jail together

 Two brothers were arrested after one tried to interfere with the arrest of the other.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


United Way honors volunteer of the year

Scott Gowens was a selfless man - a man who devoted all of his free time toward helping others, but never accepted an ounce of praise. It's ironic and fitting that in death Gowens finally received recognition for his caring and generous spirit.

April 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Prevent Child Abuse Newton 2010 Family Awareness Festival

Family Fun: Prevent Child Abuse Newton held its annual family awarness festival and motorcycle ride fundraiser Saturday. Visitors had a variety of entertainment avenues to chose from at the festival which was held at the The Church at Covington.

April 18, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


9th Annual YMCA Cheerios Challenge

April 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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