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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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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


Bolton to leave Hands on Newton after 2 years

Doug Bolton helped build Hands on Newton into a community-changing volunteer organization, which has reshaped Newton County by cleaning it up, building needed playgrounds and gardens and breaking down societal barriers to connect and educate the county's diverse populations.

August 16, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Grant to be used to refurbish Brick Store

One of the county's oldest and most historically significant buildings is one step closer to being revitalized and once again made into a historical destination.

August 14, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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