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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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Property taxes raised by glitch

Covington, Newton County and the county's school system are going to be collecting a combined $3 million less in property taxes than they originally expected, exacerbating the NCSS' budget crunch and bringing the county's budget woes back to the forefront.

August 07, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Awarded for service

Proud service: Greg Ceaser Jr. (center), recently received an Army Achievement Medal for his work in Iraq. Greg Ceaser Sr., is the Director of Environmental Services at Newton Medical Center.

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rotary inducts Paul Harris Fellows, entertains district governor

Rotary District Governor Shane Burr of Canton visited the Covington Rotary Club Tuesday. He spoke about Rotary's priorities for 2009 - water and sanitation, health and hunger, and literacy - as well as participating in the Biggest Loser Polio Plus Challenge. He encouraged club members to attend Georgia Rotary's state convention at Jekyll Island. He also commended the Covington Rotary for inducting 50 Paul Harris Fellows in the past two years.

"I want to recognize what those truly represent," Burr said of Paul Harris Fellow awards, "and that is exceptional service and giving."

August 07, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two of four charged in June Clements murder denied bond

Two of the four people charged in the killing of Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements were denied bond.

Pablo Fernando Maldonado and Katria Luche McClain went before Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. earlier this week to request bond. Both have been incarcerated since their arrest in June.

August 07, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Deputies shot in stand-off

Two Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies remain in stable condition after being shot Monday afternoon.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged with murder after beating victim dies

One man is in jail and three others are being sought after a 21-year-old man succumbed to injuries he allegedly sustained from a beating July 26.

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk husband and wife arrested after argument

Two people were arrested early Monday morning after a man called 911, allegedly telling the operator he had stabbed his wife.

When deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office arrived at the home, they reportedly found a man exiting the residence and walking toward the street. When asked, he allegedly admitted he was the person who had called 911. When asked what happened the man, identified as 31-year-old Regginal W. Julien, reportedly told deputies that he had "told the lady on the phone what happened."

August 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ga. legislators to take one furlough day a month for remainder of 2009

ATLANTA - Starting this month, all 180 State House members and 56 State Senators will take one day of furlough a month for the remaining five months of 2009 in order to cut costs amid the economic recession.

With the state budget so tight, other state employees being furloughed and the legislature finding ways to make even further cuts, elected leaders in the state government joined in the effort as well. State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Representative John Lunsford (R- McDonough) support the need to for this fiscal responsibility.

August 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Born leaders

The life of a law enforcement officer is filled with danger and a myriad of obstacles, but for two Newton County teens, the possibility of a tough road ahead hasn't hindered their desire to be the best of the best. To that end, they both showed what they were made of when both were recently elected officers of the Law Enforcement Explorers Association of Georgia.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Yellow River trail moving forward

Newton County residents have heard a lot of discussion about trails recently, but sometimes lost in that discussion is the fact that two non-railroad related trails are continuing to move forward.

August 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fight over milk turns physical; man damages another car with tire jack

A man was arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with his wife in front of their children, and allegedly grabbing her around the throat.

August 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ground broken at Denny Dobbs

Construction is finally set to begin on Denny Dobbs Park after Wednesday's groundbreaking at the site of the future park. Former State Rep. Denny Dobbs, the park's namesake, was "very appreciative and proud of the project," as he said a few words at the ceremony.

The park is being named in Dobbs' honor because of his years of service to Newton County as a legislator and member of the Recreation Commission.

July 31, 2009 | Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | LOCAL


Wise owl

A 110-foot, century-old pine tree dominates the horizon on a patch of Fred Greer's Mansfield farm. This tree should have been cut down and sold as timber long ago, but Greer smiles and points up to a fox squirrel nest and says simply, "It's not hurting me to leave that one tree."

July 31, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Husband throws TV at wife, she uses kitchen knife to defend herself

A woman and her daughter woke Sunday morning to the sounds of their home being burglarized, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

At roughly 9:50 p.m., one of the women was in her bedroom when she heard a chime sounding downstairs but ignored it, assuming it was her brother coming home. Shortly thereafter, movements were heard in the basement of the home followed by a bang. It was then that the women realized they were being burglarized, according to reports.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Landfills closed for holidays, first day of school

In order to balance the county budget, Newton County offices, including the Newton County Landfill and all Newton County Neighborhood Recycling Centers will be closed on the holidays listed below. To help maintain cleanliness and to avoid penalties, residents should not leave trash at Landfill or Recycling Center gates. People who leave trash at gates will be fined. This policy is strictly enforced.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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