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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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Dance to the music

 Musicians will grace the Covington square weekly in September as General Mills sponsors a free concert event in celebration of the local plant's 20th anniversary and the Arts Association in Newton County and United Bank present the annual fall Thursday Concerts on the square.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Motion status in Pridgett case

The attorney for accused murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett requested that his signed Miranda waiver be suppressed because he was under the impression he had to sign the form in order to give his side of the story.

August 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


K-9 on cloud 9

The Newton County Sheriff's Office recently welcomed a new K-9 officer to its ranks, but with the addition of Chobe comes the retirement of 9-year-old Rin, a Belgian Malinois who has been working off and on with the NCSO for several years.

August 26, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


CRA has many plans to improve blighted areas

The newly formed Covington Redevelopment Authority had its first official meeting Thursday, and members were introduced to the kind of projects they could initiate in the future, like a downtown farmer's market, the downtown civic and conference center, a Dried Indian Creek park and improved housing in neighborhoods like Harristown.

August 26, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


A thrifty arrangement

Joe Lewis and his wife, Pastor Sheila Smith, have dedicated their lives to helping others. Whether it be those less fortunate then themselves that they serve through their ministry and thrift store, or the at-risk youth that come through their doors, sent there by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

August 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Nominees sought for 5th Alcovy judge

 Now that a new Georgia Supreme Court justice has been appointed, Gov. Sonny Perdue will finally get around to appointing a fifth judge to the local Alcovy Judicial Circuit.

August 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


CFD receives FEMA grant

 The Covington Fire Department recently received a grant of $51,082 as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program.

August 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Park construction moving forward

 Denny Dobbs Park continues to move toward completion, as C.P. Richards Construction Company was hired to be the project's general manager, for a cost of $819,500.

August 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


BOC delays deciding on final budget

The Board of Commissioners did not cut nearly $1 million from the county budget Tuesday night, because Chairman Kathy Morgan and the finance staff recommended that the county wait to see how much money came in through taxes and other revenues later this fiscal year before making any budget cuts or changes.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Marshall would not vote for current reform

U.S. Congressman Jim Marshall does not support any of the five health reform proposals currently circulating through various levels of Congress, because none of them address what he sees as the major problem: America's path toward bankruptcy.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Local GOP to host potential governors

Newton County residents will have a chance to meet and greet five of the Republican candidates for Governor at Monday's Newton County GOP Summer Bar-be-cue and fundraiser, at 6 p.m. in the Turner Lake Recreation Complex Ballroom.

August 21, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


CPD investigating firearm discharge during chase

A Covington Police Officer has been placed on paid leave pending a full review after he fired his service weapon when attempting to apprehend a man late Tuesday night.

According to CPD Detective Daniel Seals, it is standard procedure to place officers on paid leave pending a full review when they have to fire their weapon in the line of duty.

August 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Covington strives for energy efficiency

The federal government is paying to make residences and businesses more energy efficient and Covington may soon receive of some of that money.

Covington, along with other members of the Electric Cities of Georgia, cities which run their own utilities, are jointly applying for some of the $82 million that the stimulus package will provide to Georgia's State Energy Program. The SEP, run through the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, provides money to local governments to either make government buildings more energy efficient or help residents and businesses make their buildings more efficient.

August 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


WB may send more shows to city

Warner Brothers is so pleased with how the CW pilot of "Vampire Diaries" is progressing that they might be sending a few more shows to Covington.

Michael Walbrecht, vice president at Warner Bros. Entertainment, called City Manager Steve Horton to touch base on the filming, exchange contact information and to let Horton know that a couple more WB shows could be filming in Covington, including "Past Life," which is already filming in the Atlanta area, and is set to air on Fox in 2010.

August 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Unhappy meal

When 7-year-old Noah placed his beloved Nintendo DS on a table at McDonald's, he thought it would be safe with all the adults around to keep an eye on it. Little did he know that in this case, an adult would be the one he needed to watch out for.

August 16, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


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