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Historic South Carolina brick found in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington City Councilman Chris Smith said a local resident presented him with a historic brick found on a city street earlier this month ...

May 21, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington denies special use permit for body shop

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council denied a special use permit (SUP) for an auto body repair shop on Eagle Drive in a 5-1 vote ...

May 17, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Tony Smith resigns from Covington Fire

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Fire Department (CFD) Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tony Smith filed his letter of resignation with the City of Covington at the ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Three Ring Studios ready to progress

COVINGTON, Ga. - Three Ring Studios, the future home of film, music and gaming development in Covington, is well on its way to becoming a reality ...

May 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Three Ring job fair expected this summer

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington/Newton County Economic Development Vice President David Bernd said a job fair for Three Ring Studios will most likely happen towards the ...

May 11, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington starts budget review process

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council met Monday night in the first of its scheduled work sessions to review the proposed 2017-2018 City of Covington ...

May 09, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington takes step towards alcohol ordinance changes

The Covington City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with allowing its city attorney and planning and zoning director work towards creating new sections in ...

May 07, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


City approves cemetery relocation

COVINGTON, Ga. – In a split vote, the Covington City Council approved the relocation of an abandoned cemetery at 5377 Eagle Drive after plans for a ...

May 03, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington Mayor drops ‘bomb’

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said the social media allegations against him have gone too far in a statement Monday night during the Covington ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


UPDATE: Johnston takes responsibility for his actions

UPDATE, April 28, 9 a.m.: Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he takes full responsibility for his actions Thursday night during his statement at Covington ...

April 27, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


IDA approves Three Ring Studios bond resolution

COVINGTON, Ga. – The Newton County Industrial Development Authority (NCIDA) voted to approve a resolution to issue $106,700,000 in industrial revenue bonds for the ...

April 26, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Covington


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House fire kills Covington woman Thursday morning

Flames shot through the roof of two-story home on Trotter's Walk Thursday morning. As several neighbors watched in disbelief, the body of a female, in her mid-60s, was wheeled out of the home and into a waiting ambulance.

January 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Mayor Carter begins key to the city tradition for Covington

 When retired Councilman John Howard received his key to the city of Covington on Dec. 21, he asked a very pertinent question: "What door does this fit in?"

January 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Year in Review: City of Covington

Chamber President

December 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Conservative city leader steps down after 16 years

John Howard isn't one for pomp and circumstance, but his 16 years of service on the Covington city council called for at least a small show of ceremony.

December 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Council sees presentation on airport authority

The Covington City Council got their first look Monday at how an airport authority would be organized.

December 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


New members’ meal

A warm welcome: The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held their new member reception Dec. 7 at LongHorn Steakhouse of Covington. The reception was sponsored by American Pest Control, LongHorn and United Bank. Ron Carter, the chamber's director of membership, said 61 new members joined the chamber in 2009.

December 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Yule-tide blessings

Nicole Jackson had a heartbreaking task this year - she had to tell her children there was no Santa Claus. The economic downturn didn't spare the Jackson household, and Nicole has been surviving on part-time temporary work. Her current job ends on Tuesday.

December 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


County responds to Henderson's letter

In response to Commissioner J.C. Henderson's criticism of the county and its handling of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Chairman Kathy Morgan said the county does not have a double standard and has acted appropriately.

December 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City hires grant writer; senior planner leaves

Update, Fri 9:21 a.m. - Personnel Director Ronnie Cowan said the city will likely wait until Jan. 1 to begin seeking a replacement for Senior Planner Michelle Larsen.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City purchases 8 townhomes by using NSP money

Covington spent all of its $428,000 of Neighborhood Stabilization Program money this week by purchasing eight townhomes, and the city is hoping its success will prompt the state to send even more money Covington's way.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Join Santa Claus for breakfast

Pancakes and presents: The Pilot Club of Covington is making plans for another Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Covington's First United Methodist Church. Tickets are $5 and $2 for children 6 and under. At the same time, children will have an opportunity to shop in the "Secret Santa's Shop." Each adult gift will be $5. All tickets will be available at the door. The proceeds from the event will go toward two scholarships for two Anchor members: one at Newton High and one at Alcovy ...

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


City Council approves increased Chamber of Commerce spending

The Covington city council voted to increase its investment in the Chamber of Commerce by $66,500 in an effort to recruit a highly-qualified president and bring in more business.

Chamber President John Boothby resigned in Sept., but the chamber has been unable seriously to pursue replacements, because it has been in discussion with the city and county about the future direction of and level of spending on economic development.

December 09, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington Athletic Club closes its doors

The Covington Athletic Club shut down Friday, but a group of local members are trying to band together to purchase and reopen their beloved gym.

The club has been a community staple since it opened 22 years ago, but current owner Philip Johnson, a local lawyer, had to close it as membership continued to drop. In 2006, the club had more than 2,000 members, but as of last week that number had dropped to 1,400.

December 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Holiday shoppers

Stocking stuffers: South Carolina resident Margo Macdonald picked up some gifts at Mayfield's Hardware on the square while visiting with her long-time friend Linda Wade. The two women met when they were in first grade and remain close to this day. Mayfield's is also one of the many shops on the square participating in the Elf on a Shelf Treasure Hunt this holiday season. Find all the elves perched on the shelves of participating merchants and be entered in a drawing for a stocking filled with more than $500 in gift certificates to spend in downtown Covington. Entry ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


City to get valuable housing assistance

Covington leaders have made cleaning up urban blight one of the city's top priorities, and the state recently pledged to help with that effort.

November 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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