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Covington agrees with restroom contractor for $121,760

The Covington City Council moved on two agenda items to help the city's recreational and tourism future during its council meeting Monday.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Police show off driving force

Dozens of police cars drove out of Bob Williams Parkway Monday showing off the Covington Police Department's new fleet.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Gazebo idea to go to committee

The Covington City Council is not yet ready to move forward on adding a gazebo to the city's square park.

April 08, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | Covington


Concerts on the Square lineup named

The Arts Association of Newton County has announced its lineup for the spring sessions of Concerts on the Square.

April 08, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Man threatens wife while police listen in

Covington police responded to a complaint of harassing calls, concerning a woman stating her husband threatened to kill her on Monday.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Covington Crime Briefs - March 19

Covington police apprehended a fleeing suspect Saturday night after pulling over a speeding vehicle early in the morning.

March 18, 2014 | Staff Report | Covington


Gazebo on square could cost $55K

The gazebo Mayor Ronnie Johnston wants to see placed on the Covington square could cost $55,000, but some Covington City Council members want more information, including seeing the gazebo's footprint physically marked out on the square, before moving forward.

March 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Chamber to test out tourism trolley

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is giving a trial run to a trolley that would be used by businesses and during special events to promote tourism.

March 08, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City tackling big water, drainage projects

The Covington City Council took some steps Monday to tackle some major water projects around town, including replacing 100-year-old water pipes and fixing some flooding issues in city neighborhoods.

March 04, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Meeting to address Main Street transition

Main Street Covington's transition to the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is complete, but some downtown business owners still have questions about how the program will work moving forward.

February 25, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City unveils full plan for square

Covington took another step toward adding a gazebo to the square Tuesday, but the city also unveiled a full landscaping plan that reinvents areas of the square.

February 19, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


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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


It's cookie time at the Armory

When Operation Sandbox called for donations of cookies, the Girl Scouts and the public responded overwhelmingly with 10,000 boxes, delivered to the Covington National Guard Armory on Wednesday. Girl Scouts went door-to-door and allowed people not only to buy a box for a soldier, but also to donate any amount of money they could to go toward a box of cookies. According to Virginia Pearson of Operation Sandbox, Girl Scout cookies are one of the most requested treats by soldiers. The 121st Infantry Division Company B deploys at the end of the month.

March 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Taxes for tourism

 No one opposed raising Covington's hotel/motel tax from 5 percent to 8 percent at Monday's 6 p.m. public meeting at City Hall. Several city and county officials attended the meeting and everyone who spoke - volunteer tourism board member Maurice Carter, District 1 Commissioner Mort Ewing and Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce President John Boothby - all spoke in favor of the tax increase citing the economic benefits it would bring to the city and county.

March 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Former Bard employee to pay $34,000 in restitution

A former C.R. Bard employee was ordered to pay the company restitution of more than $34,0000 after pleading guilty to 32 counts of first degree forgery and three counts of theft by receiving.

March 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


Resident questions county attorney fees

Resident Bobby Sigman believes Newton County should look into hiring an in-house county attorney to save money during these difficult economic times, but the county leadership is confident Tommy Craig is the right choice.

March 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Airport part of economic strategy

Covington city leaders have long viewed the Covington Municipal Airport as a key economic development opportunity and the Leadership Collaborative's economic development strategy continued that trend.

March 08, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


New city of Covington Web sites coming in June

The City of Covington should have a new Web site sometime in June. On Monday, the City Council unanimously voted to hire Atlanta-based ThoughtBridge to build a modern, interactive Web site for the city.

"I'm glad we're going to get into this century with our Web site," Mayor Kim Carter said Monday. "The current Web site is terrible; it's not user-friendly and not informative," she added Tuesday.

March 04, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


City road projects in the works

The City of Covington is constructing a traffic signal at the intersection of Washington Street and Turner Lake Road to prevent the numerous accidents and near-misses that have occurred over the years. Previously, drivers heading south on Turner Lake Road only had to yield at Washington Street, leading to dangerous rush hour situations when drivers would merge right or turn left, City Manager Steve Horton said. Left turns onto Turner Lake Road also led to problems.

March 01, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Covington


Bump leads to fight over woman

A fight at The Depot late Thursday night led to two men being arrested by Covington Police officers for disorderly conduct.

February 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Covington


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