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Official: TDRs could preserve eastern Newton

One of the integral and most controversial parts of the 200-page 2050 Plan to zone the county to keep up with the growth officials expect is its section on "transferrable development rights." It's designed to help residents of the eastern side of Newton County financially benefit from the possible down-zoning of their rural properties.

July 19, 2014 | Robert Dewig | Covington


Monticello to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

Nowhere in Georgia is there a highway dedicated to World War II veterans.

July 09, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City to help businesses self-tax

Mayor Ronnie Johnston convinced the Covington City Council to take a "gamble" Monday and give $25,000 to the forming "commercial improvement district," which business owners are forming along U.S. 278 to raise money for area improvements.

July 07, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


Freedom, fireworks light up Covington

Thousands of people may have been awed by the sight of colorful fireworks exploding above Covington's Historic Courthouse clock tower, but Covington's Independence in the Park festival organizers were definitely in awe of how the event seemed to go off without a hitch Friday.

July 05, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Have a safe Fourth

With a predicted zero percent chance of rain, a fireworks show in Rockdale and events in Social Circle today will pose the threat of a crowded Fourth of July in Newton County.

July 03, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


CPD warns of phone call scams

The Covington Police Department is warning residents to be wary of phone calls asking for any financial or personal information.

June 27, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Nelson Heights to host summer events

A group of local churches and ministries are working together to turn the Nelson Heights Community Center into a bustling place this summer.

June 05, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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Archive By Section - 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


City unveils full plan for square

Covington took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday, but the city also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City's CNG fueling facility is ready to go

Covington has made history, becoming the first city in Georgia to open a publicly-available compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facility.

February 18, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Will 12 Oaks be allowed to host weddings?

The Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast has been hosting weddings for more than a year, but events aren't actually allowed under its current zoning permit and its fate as a wedding destination rests in the hands of the Covington City Council.

February 12, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Fire consumes house on Durden Circle

A chimney fire destroyed the home at 7122 Durden Circle in Covington Tuesday night.

February 11, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


LIST: Covington roads that stay bad

The city of Covington developed a list of problem roads during snow and ice; many of these roads receive a lot of shade and don't get enough sun to melt snow and ice.

February 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


New municipal court judge sought

The city of Covington is looking for a new municipal court judge following last week's resignation of former judge Steven Hathorn.

February 10, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington city court judge resigns

(Note: Attached to this article is the audio recording of the speech Covington Municipal Court Judge Steven Hathorn gave to the city council, explaining and defending comments a court employee said were prejudiced against black defendants. Also, attached to the article is a PDF copy of a transcript (transcribed by The News) from part of the Jan. 22 municipal court session, which caused a court employee to accuse Judge Steven Hathorn of racial prejudice.)

February 03, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington City Council agenda, info - Feb. 3

Below is the agenda for the Covington City Council's Monday meeting, while the attached PDF contains information for some of the agenda items - the information is the same as that given to city council members.

February 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


City mulls redoing its travel policy

Covington officials are considering revising the city's employee travel policy, to give more flexibility for overnight stays for training classes and conferences, but council members disagreed on whether the change was needed now or should be studied further.

January 07, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Last call for square's Christmas lights

This is the last weekend to see the inaugural Covington's Magical Lights of Christmas display downtown, as the lights will be taken down beginning Monday, weather permitting, according to Main Street Covington interim director Serra Phillips.

January 04, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


New workforce training center opens

Amid all the talk about developing more qualified workers to handle the jobs of today and tomorrow, Newton County celebrated the grand opening of its newest workforce development center Thursday.

December 19, 2013 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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