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Watch for Square-related detours

Big events are planned at the Covington Square every weekend in October, which will be good for business but, probably, bad for traffic.

August 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


City plans high-tech ind. park at airport

You've heard of Savannah's Gulfstream plane manufacturing center. Imagine something like that here. Or something better, perhaps.

August 19, 2014 | Rob 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


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Board reaches consensus on budget

The citizens and county employees who had filled the Newton County Historic Courthouse broke out in applause Wednesday night after Chairman Kathy Morgan announced that the Newton County Board of Commissioners had reached a consensus on a budget for next year.

May 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Jovial drunk asks officer permission to pass gas

 A woman driving a vehicle with her 9-year-old daughter inside was arrested Friday evening for DUI.

May 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Increased rates coming for utilities

Covington residents will pay higher natural gas rates, water rates and garbage collection fees beginning July 1. The city council approved the second and final reading for all three increases Monday.

May 24, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


BOC at impasse over FY10 budget; Henderson to hold public meeting Saturday

Update, May 22, 12:52 p.m.

May 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Student’s poster wins in state

Ashley Simmons, a third grade student at Heard-Mixon, won first place in the state in the Drug Awareness Poster Contest for students from third to fifth grade sponsored nationally by the Elks and Elkadettes and locally by the Covington Elks and Elkadettes. She received a check for $50 from the Northeast District Elks and Georgia Elks Auxiliary. She also received a $100 check for placing first in the state of Georgia. The contest takes place annually in the fall, and her entry competed this spring with those of students around the state. Simmons is in Ms. Harris's class at ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Sheriff’s Office implements new shift rotation

On April 26, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown implemented a new 12 hour shift rotation system for the Uniformed Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office. During the first quarter of this year alone (Jan. 1-March 31), Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies have answered over 15,000 documented calls for service. Under the old shift rotation system, deputies were working extra days, long hours and a lot of overtime to cover the necessary demands of the NCSO Patrol Division. Brown said that deputies under the antiquated shift rotation system would have to work every six weeks before they had ...

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Mr. Galloway goes to Washington

Newton County Farm Bureau President and Georgia Farm Bureau Middle Georgia Vice President Brent Galloway recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with other Georgia Farm Bureau members to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation to discuss agriculture issues.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Director of Benton House named

Cathy Harville has been selected to serve as executive director of Benton House of Covington Senior Living Community. Harville brings many years experience to Benton House.

May 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Man hits bus after 'drinking whiskey all day'

 A Newborn man was arrested and charged with DUI after striking a bus for children with special needs.

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


WSCC BikeFest set for June 6

 The Washington Street Community Center will host their second annual Bike Fest at 9 a.m. June 6 at the center. The event - cosponsored by the Covington Conyers Cycling Club (C4), Conte's Bicycles & Fitness and the Covington Police Department - is open to children ages 5 through 13. Volunteers from the cycling club will be on-hand to inspect, safety check and make minor repairs to bicycles ridden by Bike Fest participants. While supplies last, children without a bike, or whose bike is deemed unsafe, will be given a bicycle to take home. The give-away bikes come through a program where ...

May 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Intoxicated drivers crash vehicles into ditch, home

Officers called to Ozone Bar and Grill to break up a fight ended up arresting a man for drunk driving after he drove his car from the bar's parking lot into a ditch in front of the officers.

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Generous donation

 At a time when county departments cannot afford to spend money on anything but necessities, the Newton County Sheriff's Department has received donations from several people that have enabled them to improve their four-person traffic unit.
 The NCSO has received a new motorcycle, bringing the total on the road to two, and various people have donated time and money to make sure the unit is top-notch. Chris Bell, owner of Bell's Grocery, donated $1,500 to go toward a kennel for the unit's narcotics K-9, Rin. All the unit's vehicles have been tinted by Custom Tint ...

May 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


School board approves proposed budget

The Newton County School Board unanimously approved the Fiscal Year 2010 general fund budget at their monthly meeting. See Sunday's story at http://www.covnews.com/news/article/7177/

May 19, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Man arrested for DUI after traffic stop

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Department were responding to a call in the Crowell Road area when they noticed a silver Nissan Pathfinder come from the exit ramp of I-20 at exit 88 and quickly pass on the driver's side of another vehicle in order to make a right turn onto Frontage Road at the intersection. The deputies also noted the Nissan's driver had the headlights of the vehicle turned off and it was well into the evening, after 10:30 p.m.

May 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Bard names division employees of the year

 Glenn Lawson, director of AME/Technical Services has received the prestigious Charles Russell Bard Award for the Bard Medical Division. Bettye Anne Miles, executive assistant at Bard Urological Division, received the award for that location. The Bard Award is an honor recognizing outstanding character, abilities and achievements.

May 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


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