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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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County revenues for 1st quarter appear steady

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had their first quarterly financial review Tuesday and the collection figures were better than last year, but the second quarter will be more telling because that's when the county will begin to collect property taxes.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Phantom Folklore: Souls locked inside the Old Jail

Built in 1901, the old jail was home to many of Newton County's criminals until 1983 - and according to some, one person was even hung there. And although the jail is currently gutted, the ghosts of those who once called the cells home, still wander the crumbling hallways.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Golf tournament to benefit local scholarships, youth endeavors

 Members of the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation again have organized a golf tournament to benefit the foundation's efforts. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Indian Creek Golf Course.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GWA Marching Band wins championship

This past weekend, George Walton Academy's Marching Bulldog Band won first place in the 6 Open Division at the United States Scholastic Band Association Championship held in Chattanooga, Tenn. and finished 1st out of 25 bands from around the Southeast to become the overall Southern States Champion. George Walton Academy is the first private school to win the championship.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington attorney assists state bar YLD service project for domestic violence victims

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia recently joined with the Savannah Bar Association YLD and the Macon Bar Association YLD to assist the Savannah Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Shelter during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puppet power

The Covington Elks and Elkadettes applied to Snapping Shoals REA for a grant for $5000 three years ago. Using the funds, they prepared a puppet show for elementary school age children on drug awareness. The first school that saw the productions was East Newton Elementary in the Spring of 2007.

This year they will touch the lives of over 6000 elementary children in grades kindergarden through second with their drug awareness puppet show. At the end of the show the kids may ask the puppets a few questions.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in early-morning motorcycle accident

A Covington man was killed in an early-morning motorcycle and vehicle accident Tuesday in Conyers on the Sigman Road entrance way to Interstate 20.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Waiting in the wake: Newton's leaders hope they'll be ready when housing growth comes back

Ronda Wilkerson doesn't live on the street, but she is homeless. She's lived in five houses over the past couple of months, wandering from friend to family member and back. She never stays anywhere more than a couple of weeks for fear of being a burden.

October 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Making miracles

The Covington Popeye's and 755 Restaurant Corporation recently made a donation of a Hank Aaron-autographed baseball and bat to The Miracle League of Newton County. Receiving the donations were Tamara Richardson, consultant to the Miracle League, Diana and Amelia Joseph, and Susan Eppley, marketing representative with Popeye's. The Miracle League Field will be built at City Pond Park and will serve mentally and physically challenged children because "every child deserves the chance to play baseball." The donated bat and ball will be used by The Miracle League of Newton County at a future event as a silent auction ...

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


KCNB’s Green Getaway

 The Green Getaway, an evening of dining and entertainment scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, will benefit the educational programs and beautification efforts of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB).

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnificent mutts

Most Beautiful Female

October 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Public Meeting

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Newton County will hold a Public Meeting to discuss flood related issues at 6:30 p.m. at Turner Lake Park, located at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riner pleads guilty to selling unregistered securities

A former Covington man pled guilty this morning to selling unregistered promissory notes as securities, bringing to a close a case that has been going on for several years.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents question council candidates

Around 30 Covington city council residents showed up to Tuesday's political forum to ask the city council candidates about public transportation for seniors, public safety, parks and activities for teens and the future of the city.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Juvenile fight leads to one father’s arrest

A fight between juveniles ended with a father's arrested after deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office found marijuana in his vehicle.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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