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Park planned for Covington Mills area

Neighbors called it the "Kudzu House." Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


Park planned for Covington Mills area

Neighbors called it the "Kudzu House." Abandoned and with a massive hole in the roof, the house at 6110 Sorrell Street in the Covington Mills neighborhood north of U.S. 278 was overgrown, run down and dangerous.

August 26, 2014 | Rob Dewig | Covington


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


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Fireworks funding fizzles out

The Covington July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza will probably not take place this year, unless a private citizen or organization pays for, organizes and hosts the event. The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted not to fund their $3,790 portion of the event on March 5 and the Covington City Council was waiting to see if a private organization could be found to partner with.

April 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Buy Local... Covington Ford

Covington Ford wants to get the word out that it sells top-of-the-line quality cars, just as good and even better than Toyota and Honda.

April 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Brownie Troop donates $1,000 to food pantry

Girl power: Local Girl Scouts, Alcovy Service Unit Brownie Troop No. 27554, donated $1,000 worth of food, purchased with the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies, to the Covington Community Food Pantry. For more information on how to help the Food Pantry, call (770) 784-0037.

April 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Former city councilman to run again

Charles Wilborn said he wants to be involved in bettering his city in every way possible, so he's once again running for Covington City Council.

April 12, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington Fire Chief awarded professional designation

Covington Fire Chief Don T. Floyd was awarded the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer after completing the required assessments. The Commission on Professional Credentialing met on March 9 to confer officially the re-designation on Floyd, who is only one of 630 CFO's worldwide.

April 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Covington


Budget cut to offset revenue shortfall

The economic recession hit the county's budget hard earlier this spring and now the City of Covington is feeling the effects of the downturn. The city cut its fiscal year 2009 budget by more than $14 million to account for lower than expected revenues over the past several months. Monday, the city council voted to approve the amended budget, which accounted for a revenue shortfall of $11 million.

City Manager Steve Horton said lower than expected water and sewer tap fees and lower than expected sales and property taxes were some of the main culprits for the revenue shortfall ...

April 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Resident throws hat in council election

Chris Smith, the co-owner of Newton Electric Supply, announced Monday that he will run for the Covington City Council East District seat.

April 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


How the budget process works

Over the next two months the Newton County Board of Commissioners will have to work with every county department to pinch pennies and cut the projected fiscal year 2010 budget by $8.6 million.

April 05, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Covington gains beautification grant

The City of Covington received a $50,000 reimbursement grant from the state to continue its efforts to beautify the city's entrance off the Interstate 20.

April 03, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Woman wrecks car with patient inside

An Alzheimer patient's self-professed caregiver was arrested March 14 after Covington police officers reportedly found her to be intoxicated while driving - with her patient.

March 27, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Envisioning the future

The University of Georgia Metropolitan Design Studio brings Georgia landscape architecture students to Newton County to study and redesign parts of the county. This year the students focused on two areas: the downtown Covington government district and the Almon Road corridor.

March 27, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Pastor arrested for identity theft

A preacher at Calvary Baptist Church was arrested Thursday and charged with identity theft after allegedly preying upon his congregation.

March 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Council selects company for new Web site

The city council accepted a $57,505 bid from Corus360 for the necessary hardware and software to effectively run the city's upcoming Web site. The bid was cheaper than the deal the city could get with its government discount, City Systems Information Manager Bobby Johnson said. Thoughtbridge, the company hired to build the city's Web site, will begin meeting with various city department's on Monday to determine each departments requirements for the Web site.

March 22, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Screaming man arrested, charged with public drunkeness

Deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office were called to a home late Monday night when a resident called about a man screaming outside her home on Ga. Highway 36.

March 22, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


City looks at buying more power

Covington is preparing to buy more base power for 2010 through 2015 to last the city until the new nuclear units at Plant Vogtle are in operation. Monday, City Utility Director Bill Meecham recommended the city buy another 5 megawatts of base power from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and 5 megawatts of base power from the city of Marietta.

Covington is exploring the long-term power deal so that the city would no longer have to buy power off the market, which fluctuates like any commodity market, Meecham said. For the last several years, Covington has had an energy ...

March 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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