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Chamber still seeking Main Street head

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is on its second search this year to try and find the next director for Main Street Covington – after its first two finalists backed out for personal reasons in late February/early March – and chamber president Hunter Hall is confident one of the remaining two finalists will work out.

April 22, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Gazebo, square plan voted down by council

The proposed Covington gazebo is a no go.

April 21, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington agrees with restroom contractor for $121,760

The Covington City Council moved on two agenda items to help the city's recreational and tourism future during its council meeting Monday.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Police show off driving force

Dozens of police cars drove out of Bob Williams Parkway Monday showing off the Covington Police Department's new fleet.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Gazebo idea to go to committee

The Covington City Council is not yet ready to move forward on adding a gazebo to the city's square park.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Concerts on the Square lineup named

The Arts Association of Newton County has announced its lineup for the spring sessions of Concerts on the Square.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Man threatens wife while police listen in

Covington police responded to a complaint of harassing calls, concerning a woman stating her husband threatened to kill her on Monday.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Covington Crime Briefs - March 19

Covington police apprehended a fleeing suspect Saturday night after pulling over a speeding vehicle early in the morning.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Gazebo on square could cost $55K

The gazebo Mayor Ronnie Johnston wants to see placed on the Covington square could cost $55,000, but some Covington City Council members want more information, including seeing the gazebo's footprint physically marked out on the square, before moving forward.

March 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Chamber to test out tourism trolley

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is giving a trial run to a trolley that would be used by businesses and during special events to promote tourism.

March 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City tackling big water, drainage projects

The Covington City Council took some steps Monday to tackle some major water projects around town, including replacing 100-year-old water pipes and fixing some flooding issues in city neighborhoods.

March 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Meeting to address Main Street transition

Main Street Covington's transition to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is complete, but some downtown business owners still have questions about how the program will work moving forward.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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Public comments sought for 911 Center accreditation

 A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive on Aug. 22 to examine all aspects of the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Man accused of shooting deputies named

Authorities have released the name of the man accused of shooting two Newton County deputies Monday afternoon. According to authorities, 20-year-old Thomas Powell was found dead in his home on Parker Road following a four-hour stand off which began after he reportedly shot the deputies

August 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Square resurfacing, closure rescheduled

Resurfacing of the Covington square will take place from 9 p.m. Aug. 8 through the afternoon of Aug. 9, weather permitting.

The Covington square closure, originally planned for Aug. 1 had to be rescheduled due to rain.

August 04, 2009 | Georgia Department of Transportation | Covington


Square closed for resurfacing part of Saturday, Sunday

Update: Pittman Construction was unable to resurface the roads around the square this past weekend because of the rain on Saturday night. Construction Foreman Danny Baker said the company plans to resurface the square this weekend, using the same timetable, from 9 p.m. on Saturday to noon on Sunday, and the same detour plan, see below. Pittman will be working on the main line of Ga. Highway 36, from Covington ByPass Road to the square, this week.

August 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Highway 36 work to be completed Friday

After working for 15 straight hours, construction crews should be finished working on Highway 36 around the square by noon today - assuming the rain holds off. The completion of the entire 2.7 mile 36 resurfacing project should be finished by Friday, said Robert Moon, Assistant Area Engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation.

August 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


The Covington Century Bike Ride

Over 1,300 geared-up bike riders crowded Elks Club Road in Covington early Saturday morning for the 21st Annual Covington Century Bike Ride to benefit Project Adventure Kids. Riders stretched anxiously and smiled encouragingly to one another as the final minutes of rest counted down. At 8:00 a.m., the waiting was over and they were off, pedaling away from what would eventually become their finish line.

August 02, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | Covington


Work finished at Alcovy Road, I-20, more to begin soon

Newton County residents who regularly drive along Alcovy Road and Ga. Highway 142 around Interstate 20, will notice something missing this afternoon. Every day for the last two and a half years those orange-and-white stripped barrels have lined the roads, slowing traffic, blocking lanes and causing delays.

July 31, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Gear up for the annual Fuzz Run

With just a little more than a month to go, officials at the Covington Police Department are gearing up for the annual Fuzz Run, which will be celebrating its 26th year on Sept. 12.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


The Midnight Sun

Lisa Hanson, a local runner from Covington, made her mark in the Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska on June 20.

July 29, 2009 | Molly Lundy Covington News Intern | Covington


City council members decline pay raises for mayor, themselves

For the second time this year, the city council decided not to raise their positions salaries for 2010. In an unofficial vote done by e-mail, Mayor Kim Carter said the council's consensus, by 4 to 2, was to not put the item on the council's agenda anytime soon - essentially to not vote for raises for next year.

July 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


CPD Chief takes helm of a state police association

Covington Police Department Chief Stacey Cotton was named President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police earlier this month.

July 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Do you have what it takes?

Once again, the Covington Lions will hold a Covington Idol competition at their Oct. 9-10 Sherman's Last Burning Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-Off at Legion Field on Mill Street. This time, however, a Jr. Idol (for 17 and under) is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. The Covington Idol (for 18 and older) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. The Lions promise these two events will be the highlight of the Fall Festival.

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Man identified in Factory Shoals drowning

The victim of the Saturday afternoon drowning at Factory Shoals Park has been identified as 18-year-old Dakota A. Spruill of Newton County.

July 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Armed robbery suspect caught in Alabama

The man wanted for allegedly robbing a Covington Holiday Inn and Doster's Store in Newton County was arrested and is being held in Henry County, Ala. on multiple charges, including the beating of a guard in the Alabama jail.

July 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Mayor: Improving housing a 'top priority'

Mayor Kim Carter and other city officials have made it clear that improving Covington's housing situation is a top priority. With the city's newly created Urban Redevelopment Plan in hand and the corresponding Covington Redevelopment Auth-ority in the process of being formed, city officials are confident they'll now be in line for more state and federal funding and support.

July 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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