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Council votes to stop funding 2050 Plan

The Covington City Council unanimously voted to stop funding for the 2050 Plan's Baseline Ordinances Tuesday.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Balcony construction on Square approved

The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.

September 15, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


City Council considers festival, parade

Covington's always been a nice place for festivals. But now that secret's out.

September 11, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City to change its bidding practices

When the city did the renovation construction on the Square park, it doled it out in parcels, a few thousand dollars here and there, with Planning Director Randy Vinson acting as construction supervisor.

September 10, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City to discuss parties, event fees

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday in the City Hall conference room to talk about several things that have been essentially put off until now.

September 06, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City to discuss parties, event fees Monday

The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday in the City Hall conference room to talk about several things that have been essentially put off until now.

September 06, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


Park planned for Covington Mills area

Neighbors called it the "Kudzu House." Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


Park planned for Covington Mills area

Neighbors called it the "Kudzu House." Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


Watch for Square-related detours

Big events are planned at the Covington Square every weekend in October, which will be good for business but, probably, bad for traffic.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City plans high-tech ind. park at airport

You've heard of Savannah's Gulfstream plane manufacturing center. Imagine something like that here. Or something better, perhaps.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


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Thornton convicted on all counts

After nearly five hours of deliberation, the jury conviced 26-year-old Courtney Thornton to life in prison for the the shooting death of Dennis Rogers on Jan. 1, 2008. He was also sentenced to an additional 40 years for other crimes commited during that incident.

June 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Thornton '08 murder trial begins

After more than a year, the trail against Courtney C. Thornton began Tuesday morning with Judge Eugene Benton presiding. Thornton, 26, is accused of shooting 39-year-old Dennis Rogers in the back of the head.

June 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Web Exclusive: SIU busts three at flea market for selling counterfeit goods

Two men were arrested by investigators from the Special Investigation Unit Thursday and charged with trafficking in counterfeit merchandise for allegedly selling counterfeit goods out of booths at America's Flea Market on Salem Road. Both had been arrested previously for the same charges.

June 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Arrest made in gas station burglaries

On March 11, the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to and investigated a burglary at the BP gas station located at 3501 Salem Road. Responding deputies and NCSO investigators were able to obtain store video which showed a black male in a silver vehicle make entry into the store.

May 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


2 teachers caught smoking marijuana

Two Newton County special education teachers were arrested for possession of marijuana after an off-duty officer reportedly saw the duo using drugs last Friday in a vehicle parked in the Covington Corners parking lot after they left school following field day activities.

May 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Board reaches consensus on budget

The citizens and county employees who had filled the Newton County Historic Courthouse broke out in applause Wednesday night after Chairman Kathy Morgan announced that the Newton County Board of Commissioners had reached a consensus on a budget for next year.

May 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Jovial drunk asks officer permission to pass gas

 A woman driving a vehicle with her 9-year-old daughter inside was arrested Friday evening for DUI.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Increased rates coming for utilities

Covington residents will pay higher natural gas rates, water rates and garbage collection fees beginning July 1. The city council approved the second and final reading for all three increases Monday.

May 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


BOC at impasse over FY10 budget; Henderson to hold public meeting Saturday

Update, May 22, 12:52 p.m.

May 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Student’s poster wins in state

Ashley Simmons, a third grade student at Heard-Mixon, won first place in the state in the Drug Awareness Poster Contest for students from third to fifth grade sponsored nationally by the Elks and Elkadettes and locally by the Covington Elks and Elkadettes. She received a check for $50 from the Northeast District Elks and Georgia Elks Auxiliary. She also received a $100 check for placing first in the state of Georgia. The contest takes place annually in the fall, and her entry competed this spring with those of students around the state. Simmons is in Ms. Harris's class at ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Sheriff’s Office implements new shift rotation

On April 26, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown implemented a new 12 hour shift rotation system for the Uniformed Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office. During the first quarter of this year alone (Jan. 1-March 31), Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies have answered over 15,000 documented calls for service. Under the old shift rotation system, deputies were working extra days, long hours and a lot of overtime to cover the necessary demands of the NCSO Patrol Division. Brown said that deputies under the antiquated shift rotation system would have to work every six weeks before they had ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Mr. Galloway goes to Washington

Newton County Farm Bureau President and Georgia Farm Bureau Middle Georgia Vice President Brent Galloway recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with other Georgia Farm Bureau members to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation to discuss agriculture issues.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Director of Benton House named

Cathy Harville has been selected to serve as executive director of Benton House of Covington Senior Living Community. Harville brings many years experience to Benton House.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Man hits bus after 'drinking whiskey all day'

 A Newborn man was arrested and charged with DUI after striking a bus for children with special needs.

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


WSCC BikeFest set for June 6

 The Washington Street Community Center will host their second annual Bike Fest at 9 a.m. June 6 at the center. The event - cosponsored by the Covington Conyers Cycling Club (C4), Conte's Bicycles & Fitness and the Covington Police Department - is open to children ages 5 through 13. Volunteers from the cycling club will be on-hand to inspect, safety check and make minor repairs to bicycles ridden by Bike Fest participants. While supplies last, children without a bike, or whose bike is deemed unsafe, will be given a bicycle to take home. The give-away bikes come through a program where ...

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


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