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Jeffares named Senate floor leader

State Sen. Rick Jeffares is a new state Senate floor leader.

Tobacco ban in parks approved

The Newton County BOC has approved a ban on all tobacco products at county-owned and operated parks.

Salem Overlay nears vote

Newton County commissioners heard a presentation on the proposed Salem overlay at a recent work session.

City looks at utility policies

The city is set to adopt new policies related to utilities.

More funds allocated to pedestrian bridge

The Covington City Council has accepted a grant and agreed to additional city funding for a pedestrian bridge over I-20.l

Covington suspends enforcement of temporary sign regs

Covington has temporarily suspended enforcement of its temporary sign ordinance.

Ellis new BOC chairman

Keith Ellis is the new chairman of the Board of Commissioners, beating Democrat Marcus Jordan by 742 votes. Ellis received 50.89 percent of the vote, or 21,144 votes to Jordan's 20,402 votes.

Covington offering industry incentives

The city of Covington is offering several incentives in hopes an existing industry will expand here.

Holt to try again with legislation spurred by power line dispute

State Rep. Doug Holt, R-Social Circle, will again introduce legislation during the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly to attempt to get regulations over Georgia Transmission Corporation and similar entities.

City of Covington reconsiders sign ordinance

The city of Covington is reconsidering its sign ordinance after hearing from a resident who said it could negatively impact nonprofits.

Covington Council to consider nighttime filming policy

Mayor Ronnie Johnston has requested the Covington City Council develop a policy related to filming at night in residential areas.

Forum focus is future of Newton

Candidates were asked three questions abou the future of Newton County at a forum sponsored by the Newton Homebuilders Association.

VP Debate: Biden, Ryan at each other on everything

At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate.

Democratic candidates speak out in Newton Voters League forum

The Newton County Voters League held a political forum at the Newton County Historical Courthouse

Attorney General: Local boards can't use resources to persuade voters

Local boards can't use resources to persuade voters.