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Council approves Covington Town Center contract

COVINGTON, Ga. - In a called meeting Thursday, the Covington City Council unanimously approved a construction performance agreement for the Covington Town Center project, moving it ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington council discusses communication issues

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington City Councilman Chris Smith raised concerns about the council's communication Thursday night during a council work session, raising concerns on how ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington agrees to no term limits

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council had a split consensus on the discussion of term limits for councilmembers Thursday night during its work session.

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Knight dispels rumors on her opinions

COVINGTON, Ga. - City Manager Leigh Anne Knight took a moment during the Covington City Council's May 15 meeting to dispel rumors about her opinion ...

May 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Historic South Carolina brick found in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington City Councilman Chris Smith said a local resident presented him with a historic brick found on a city street earlier this month ...

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington denies special use permit for body shop

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council denied a special use permit (SUP) for an auto body repair shop on Eagle Drive in a 5-1 vote ...

May 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Tony Smith resigns from Covington Fire

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Fire Department (CFD) Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tony Smith filed his letter of resignation with the City of Covington at the ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Three Ring Studios ready to progress

COVINGTON, Ga. - Three Ring Studios, the future home of film, music and gaming development in Covington, is well on its way to becoming a reality ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Three Ring job fair expected this summer

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington/Newton County Economic Development Vice President David Bernd said a job fair for Three Ring Studios will most likely happen towards the ...

May 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington starts budget review process

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council met Monday night in the first of its scheduled work sessions to review the proposed 2017-2018 City of Covington ...

May 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington takes step towards alcohol ordinance changes

The Covington City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with allowing its city attorney and planning and zoning director work towards creating new sections in ...

May 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


City approves cemetery relocation

COVINGTON, Ga. – In a split vote, the Covington City Council approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery at 5377 Eagle Drive after plans for a ...

May 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington Mayor drops ‘bomb’

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said the social media allegations against him have gone too far in a statement Monday night during the Covington ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


UPDATE: Johnston takes responsibility for his actions

UPDATE, April 28, 9 a.m.: Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he takes full responsibility for his actions Thursday night during his statement at Covington ...

April 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


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City Council approves increased Chamber of Commerce spending

The Covington city council voted to increase its investment in the Chamber of Commerce by $66,500 in an effort to recruit a highly-qualified president and bring in more business.

Chamber President John Boothby resigned in Sept., but the chamber has been unable seriously to pursue replacements, because it has been in discussion with the city and county about the future direction of and level of spending on economic development.

December 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington Athletic Club closes its doors

The Covington Athletic Club shut down Friday, but a group of local members are trying to band together to purchase and reopen their beloved gym.

The club has been a community staple since it opened 22 years ago, but current owner Philip Johnson, a local lawyer, had to close it as membership continued to drop. In 2006, the club had more than 2,000 members, but as of last week that number had dropped to 1,400.

December 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Holiday shoppers

Stocking stuffers: South Carolina resident Margo Macdonald picked up some gifts at Mayfield's Hardware on the square while visiting with her long-time friend Linda Wade. The two women met when they were in first grade and remain close to this day. Mayfield's is also one of the many shops on the square participating in the Elf on a Shelf Treasure Hunt this holiday season. Find all the elves perched on the shelves of participating merchants and be entered in a drawing for a stocking filled with more than $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown Covington. Entry ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


City to get valuable housing assistance

Covington leaders have made cleaning up urban blight one of the city's top priorities, and the state recently pledged to help with that effort.

November 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Woman arrested for selling food stamps

Officers from the Covington Police Department arrested a 31-year-old woman for allegedly attempting to sell food stamps on a EBT card not even issued to her.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Wal-Mart bank robber caught

A Covington man was arrested Thursday morning and charged with robbing the United Bank inside of Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Come to Bethlehem

As the holiday season approaches, we are all thinking of Christmas trees, lights, presents, families and festivities. Covington First United Methodist Church would like to add to your holiday season by taking you to Bethlehem where our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, was born.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Twilights event brightens park

Members of the Friends of Newton Parks are inviting all to the second Twilights at Chimney Park event from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

November 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Covington


Mayor proposes doubling chamber spending in 2010

To stimulate economic development, Mayor Kim Carter introduced a proposal on Monday to more than double the amount of money spent on the Chamber of Commerce to $120,000 for the next fiscal year.

For the past couple of years, the city and county have each spent $54,000 on the chamber for economic development services. But with a new chamber president search in progress, several interested parties are considering whether the next president should have a heavier focus on economic development.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington swears in councilmembers

The three winners of the Nov. 3 Covington city council election were sworn in Monday night and received raucous applause from a crowded council room.

Post 3 West Councilwoman Ocie Franklin and Post 2 West Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams took the oath of office for the second time, while Post 1 East Councilman-elect Chris Smith made that promise for the first time.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Marshall to hold another town hall

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall is hosting another town hall meeting at 10 a.m.., Saturday at the Alcovy High School Auditorium. Marshall will take questions about the economy, health care and energy prices.

November 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


The lighting of the Courthouse

The annual Lighting of the Historic Courthouse will begin at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 19, with the lighting taking place at 6 p.m. Cast members of the Covington Regional Ballet's 2009 production of "The Nutcracker" will escort esteemed guests.

November 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Earning their badges

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Local republicans support Handel

Showing support:

November 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


City not terminating airport contract

Dixie Jet Service will continue to operate the Covington Municipal Airport, at least for the time being, after the city council decided it would not cancel the current contract.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


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