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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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Air Methods moves helicopter base to Conyers

Air Methods, the world's largest air medical provider, moved its Covington helicopter base to Conyers Sunday to save money and increase efficiency.

July 15, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Ashes to Ashes: 'Self-absorbed killer'

This week, The News begins a weekly series looking at what has become of those convicted of murder in Newton County and touching base with the victims' loved ones. The cases span nearly four decades. Information was gathered from the archives of The News and records from the Newton County Clerk of Courts office as well as through interviews and written correspondence with involved parties.

July 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Reader of the pack

Riding for a good cause: Many members of the Juvenile Court of Newton County participated in the for Ride for Reading on Saturday, July 11, to benefit The Learning Center in Oxford. The ride began at 10 a.m. at the Martin's Crossing Shopping Center and ended at 11:30 a.m. at Jimbo's Grill at the Mill in Porterdale. All proceeds from rider registration went to The Learning Center. The ride was escorted by the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

July 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Highway 36 to be resurfaced in downtown

The Georgia Department of Transportation will be milling down and resurfacing the part of Highway 36 that runs through Covington, including the section around the square. In preparation for that milling, the city must lower its manholes and water and gas valves.

July 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Denny Dobbs Park to open in Spring 2010

Newton County's western residents will finally have their own park and should be able to set foot in Denny Dobbs Park in early spring 2010. The Board of Commissioners approved plans for the first phase of the District 2 park on Tuesday night.

July 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Man, 17, charged in several robberies

Covington Police Officers arrested a 17-year-old man for one burglary and ended up tying him to at least three other in the Mill Village area of the city.

July 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Web Exclusive: Man charged with DUI after running car into ditch

Rodney Pierce of Covington received several citations on Tuesday, June 30, after an officer responded to an accident at the intersection of Ga. Highway 212 and Ga. Highway 36. The officer arrived on the scene shortly before 5:30 p.m. to find Pierce's car in the ditch. After approaching Pierce the officer reportedly noticed that he was allegedly unsteady on his feet, verbally combative and that there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Pierce's person.

July 11, 2009 | By Molly Lundy | Covington


Protest signs left on Barnes' grave

On the morning on July 3 officers from the Covington Police Department responded to Westview Cemetery to meet with family members of Lanny Perry Barnes. The family members had called because someone had placed two signs of a protest nature on Barnes' grave. No damage was done to the grave or the grave marker. Officers removed the signs and reassured the Barnes family that the family of Barnes' victims would be contacted and advised not to return. Officers determined that no criminal offenses had occurred.

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


New TV show to be filmed in Covington

A new teen television series on The CW network, The Vampire Diaries based on author L.J. Smith's 1991 trilogy of books, will be filmed in downtown Covington beginning July 21.

July 06, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Two people die on Newton County roads during holiday weekend

Two people lost their life in Newton County over the holiday weekend, according to Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Both accidents occurred early July 5. The first accident happened just before 3 a.m. Deputies from the NCSO responded to a call of a vehicle accident with a possible fatality on Access Road at Old Oxford. When they arrived they found that a car and a motorcycle had collided. The driver of the motorcycle, a man in his mid-forties whose name is currently being withheld by the NCSO, was pronounced dead on the scene.

July 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Arrested man charged with 9 criminal acts

Eugene Presley Jr., 21, was arrested on multiple charges after officers responded to a call at 165 Lakeside Trail on June 21. According to the victim Presley assaulted her multiple times inside and outside of the home. Allegedly the victim was held inside the home by Presley and while attempting the dial 911 Presley grabbed the telephone from her.

July 01, 2009 | By Molly Lundy | Covington


Several teens shot at party early Sunday morning

Five teens were shot at a party in the early morning hours of June 28.

June 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Three shot in Cedar Creek subdivision

The 34-year-old victim of this morning's shooting on Appia Way has been identified as Calvin Kentrell Banks of Newton County who died at Newton Medical Center.

June 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Recycling truck crumples on Bypass Road

A tractor-trailer carrying recycled carpet buckled in the middle when making a turn onto the Bypass Road from Ga. Highway 36 at around 5:30 a.m. this morning.

June 29, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Council O.K.s plan for city development

Over the past several years Covington has completed numerous high-end plans and strategies designed to guide future development, but the city finally approved a plan to actually carry out those previously identified goals.

June 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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