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Main Street Covington receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

COVINGTON, Ga. –Main Street Covingtonhas have been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main ...

June 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


Johnston sparks new term limits conversation

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston clarified during Monday night's Covington City Council meeting that he was, in fact, in favor of term limits ...

June 06, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Council agrees to draft alcohol ordinance

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council agreed in a split vote to allow City Attorney Frank Turner to draft ordinances breaching the subject of hospitality ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Sky’s the limit for Vincent Passariello as he enters retirement

COVINGTON, Ga. - The sky is the limit for City of Covington Airport Manager Vincent Passariello who is a little more than a month away from ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Singleton gets her footing in first week in Covington

COVINGTON, Ga. - With a week under her belt in Covington, new Main Street Director Lauren Singleton is excited by what she has seen so far ...

June 04, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Council approves Covington Town Center contract

COVINGTON, Ga. - In a called meeting Thursday, the Covington City Council unanimously approved a construction performance agreement for the Covington Town Center project, moving it ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington council discusses communication issues

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington City Councilman Chris Smith raised concerns about the council's communication Thursday night during a council work session, raising concerns on how ...

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Covington agrees to no term limits

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington City Council had a split consensus on the discussion of term limits for councilmembers Thursday night during its work session.

May 28, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Knight dispels rumors on her opinions

COVINGTON, Ga. - City Manager Leigh Anne Knight took a moment during the Covington City Council's May 15 meeting to dispel rumors about her opinion ...

May 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Covington


Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate

COVINGTON, Ga. - Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith ...

May 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Covington


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


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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


Woman arrested for selling food stamps

Officers from the Covington Police Department arrested a 31-year-old woman for allegedly attempting to sell food stamps on a EBT card not even issued to her.

November 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Wal-Mart bank robber caught

A Covington man was arrested Thursday morning and charged with robbing the United Bank inside of Wal-Mart 10 days ago.

November 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Come to Bethlehem

As the holiday season approaches, we are all thinking of Christmas trees, lights, presents, families and festivities. Covington First United Methodist Church would like to add to your holiday season by taking you to Bethlehem where our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, was born.

November 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Twilights event brightens park

Members of the Friends of Newton Parks are inviting all to the second Twilights at Chimney Park event from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

November 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | Covington


Mayor proposes doubling chamber spending in 2010

To stimulate economic development, Mayor Kim Carter introduced a proposal on Monday to more than double the amount of money spent on the Chamber of Commerce to $120,000 for the next fiscal year.

For the past couple of years, the city and county have each spent $54,000 on the chamber for economic development services. But with a new chamber president search in progress, several interested parties are considering whether the next president should have a heavier focus on economic development.

November 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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