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Covington Council to hammer out sign ordinance

The city will hold a work session on a proposed sign ordinance at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.

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Covington sets PEG ad rates

The City Council approved Monday night new advertising rates for its Public, Educational and Government, or PEG, channels on Charter Communications television.

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Covington holds hearing for Eberhart area

The city of Covington is hosting a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall aimed at informing property owners in the Eberhart community of improvements to their area.

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No change in city millage, surplus increases

The Covington City Council has adopted a millage rate of 8.2 for fiscal year 2012. The rate has remained unchanged since 2007.

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Sign ordinance not yet put to bed

Despite approving a new sign ordinance in June, the City Council is not done discussing the issue.

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City to cut grass on property

The city of Covington will mow overgrown grass on the rights of way of the Central of Georgia Railroad (also known as Norfolk Southern) property at street intersections and behind residences and businesses.

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City projects surplus for FY 2012

The city of Covington will see a projected surplus of more than $716,000 in fiscal year 2012.

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City Council still sparring over railroad

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council has attempted to put to bed discussions regarding the purchase of the Norfolk Southern rail line twice before, and some members are hoping the third time will be the charm.

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Covington will vote on Sunday alcohol

COVINGTON -- Residents in the city of Covington will have the chance to vote on whether alcohol should be sold on Sundays.

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Council keeps rate hike to minimum

The power cost adjustment for city of Covington electricity customers is slated to rise by September, but the increase may not be as steep as it could be.

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Solar power helps run City Hall

COVINGTON -- City Hall is partially operating on solar power.

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Covington water rate increase delayed

COVINGTON -- The City Council agreed Monday night to postpone a water rate increase until Oct. 1.

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Downtown rules to stay for parking

COVINGTON -- An effort to suspend enforcement of parking rules downtown failed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

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Downtown parking to be limited

Be sure to keep a check on your watch when you park downtown. Parking regulations are changing.

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City Council denies permit for group home

The Covington City Council unanimously denied a special-use permit to locate a group home for mentally and physically handicapped adults in a residential subdivision at its May 2 meeting.

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Officials ask for financial aid from city

Both the Newton County Recreation Commission and the Newton County Library Board of Trustees have reached out to the city of Covington for financial help in the face of a budget crisis.

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City water rates to increase

City of Covington utility customers will see an increase in water rates next fiscal year, but the council is taking steps to try and keep a utility increase at bay.

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Mayor: Let's put Sunday sales to vote

COVINGTON -- Mayor Kim Carter said she wants to let voters decide whether alcohol should be sold on Sundays within city limits.

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City to apply for 3rd round of NSP funds

Commissioners agreed Tuesday night to allow the city of Covington to apply for $1.085 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding allocated to the county.

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City to change airport name

COVINGTON -- City officials informally agreed Monday night to change the name of Covington Municipal Airport.

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City, county may join forces for community center

COVINGTON — The City Council, Board of Commissioners and representatives from the Covington Housing Authority and Covington Redevelopment Authority met at a work session Wednesday afternoon to discuss partnering on a mixed-use community facility in Walker's Bend.

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City, county may join forces for community center

COVINGTON -- The City Council, Board of Commissioners and representatives from the Covington Housing Authority and Covington Redevelopment Authority met at a work session Wednesday afternoon to discuss partnering on a mixed-use community facility in Walker's Bend.

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Airplane maker still looking at Covington

A light sport aircraft maker is still scoping out land at Covington Municipal Airport for a manufacturing plant, City Manager Steve Horton recently told the City Council.

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City firm on nuclear investment

COVINGTON -- With the debate over the safety of nuclear energy still raging following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and subsequent threat of a nuclear meltdown, the city of Covington remains committed to investing more than $160 million in two nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.

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Covington pursues Walker's Bend community building

The city of Covington is pursuing a grant to build a community building in Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81.

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Covington pursues Walker's Bend community building

The city of Covington is pursuing a grant to build a community building in Walker's Bend subdivision off Ga. Highway 81.

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Tattoo parlor error angers shop owner

City of Covington elected officials corrected an error in the zoning law Monday to allow tattoo parlors within city limits, but one local businessman said it was too little, too late.

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Covington adopts strategic plan

COVINGTON -- City of Covington officials recently approved a strategic plan three years in the making.

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Airport Authority OKs lease for hangar

The newly appointed Covington Municipal Airport Authority approved a lease agreement with Standridge Color Corporation for a 5-acre tract of land at a called meeting Friday morning.

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Covington nixes public transit grant

The Covington City Council recently decided not to pursue a state grant that would partially fund two public transportation programs, but agreed to examine other options in the future.

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Mayor: City strong in face of tough times

COVINGTON - The city of Covington is weathering the financial storm that has crippled other governments, Mayor Kim Carter reported at her State of the City address at Turner Lake Complex Thursday night.

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Airport authority appointed

COVINGTON -- The City Council appointed members of the Covington Municipal Airport Authority on Monday night.

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Aircraft maker targets Covington site

A light sport aircraft-maker is scoping out land owned by the city near Covington Municipal Airport for a manufacturing plant.

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Walker's Bend builders selected

COVINGTON -- Three local builders have been selected to construct homes in Walker's Bend, the neighborhood off Ga. Highway 81 that is the focus of the city of Covington's housing initiative.

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Walker's Bend builders selected

COVINGTON — Three local builders have been selected to construct homes in Walker's Bend, the neighborhood off Ga. Highway 81 that is the focus of the city of Covington's housing initiative.

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Covington reducing PCA on electric bills

COVINGTON -- City of Covington electricity customers will see a lower power cost adjustment on their utility bills beginning next month. That could translate to lower bills for some, depending on usage.

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City gives nod to engineering work for water projects

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council recently approved bids totaling approximately $56,000 for engineering work on two water line projects in preparation for applying for financial assistance for both projects.

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Council OKs IDA rezoning

COVINGTON -- Once again, a deadlocked City Council forced Mayor Kim Carter to cast the tie-breaking vote to annex into city limits and rezone 158 acres owned by the Industrial Development Authority.

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Airport now under city control

The Covington Municipal Airport is now under control of the city of Covington and at least one major change has already occurred since the city took over: fuel prices have dropped.

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City absorbs increase in power costs

The city of Covington will not pass along to customers an increase in cost for power purchased from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia in 2011.

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Council to pursue pedestrian bridge

COVINGTON -- The Covington City Council will pursue grants to construct a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 20 to connect north Covington and Oxford to the U.S. Highway 278 shopping district.

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Covington settles with FBO

COVINGTON -- The city of Covington will pay airport FBO Dixie Jet Service Inc. a $600,000 settlement to terminate its contract early.

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Carter breaks tie on land at airport

COVINGTON -- Mayor Kim Carter cast the tie-breaking vote Monday night to approve the first reading of an ordinance to annex 158 acres near the Covington Municipal Airport into city limits.

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Public input sought on house plan

COVINGTON -- The Covington Redevelopment Authority is seeking participants in focus groups that will advise on the marketing of Walker's Bend, the site of the city's housing revitalization program.

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Council considers bridge over I-20

The Covington City Council heard a proposal Monday night regarding the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 20 to connect north Covington and Oxford to the U.S. Highway 278 shopping district.

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Roundabout to open Nov. 30

The roundabout at Turner Lake Road and Clark Street will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 30, the Georgia Department of Transportation has announced.

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Covington officials consider pedestrian bridge

The Covington City Council heard a proposal Monday night regarding the construction of a pedestrian bridge over I-20 to connect north Covington and Oxford to the U.S. Highway 278 shopping district. See Wednesday's Citizen for the full story.

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Roundabout opening delayed

COVINGTON — The roundabout at Turner Lake Road and Clark Street was set to open next week, but that has been delayed because light fixtures that were ordered in August have yet to arrive, according city of Covington Transportation Manager Billy Skinner.

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Roundabout opening delayed

COVINGTON -- The roundabout at Turner Lake Road and Clark Street was set to open next week, but that has been delayed because light fixtures that were ordered in August have yet to arrive, according city of Covington Transportation Manager Billy Skinner.

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Planners recommend annexation

The Covington Planning Commission recommended approval Tuesday night of the annexation and rezoning of more than 150 acres near Covington Municipal Airport, despite the protestations of nearby residents. The property is owned by the Newton County Industrial Development Authority, which hopes to market it to attract industry to the area.

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Businesses eligible for tax credits

COVINGTON — Some local businesses are eligible to receive tax credits for new hires made in 2010 and in the future. Businesses that qualify are located within sections of the city designated as Opportunity Zones by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The city of Covington held an informational session Monday morning for those who might be affected or who might want more information.

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Businesses eligible for tax credits

COVINGTON -- Some local businesses are eligible to receive tax credits for new hires made in 2010 and in the future. Businesses that qualify are located within sections of the city designated as Opportunity Zones by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The city of Covington held an informational session Monday morning for those who might be affected or who might want more information.

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Council OKs first reading of ordinances

The Covington City Council approved the first reading of several ordinances at its Monday night meeting, including one that regulates the buying and selling of gems and precious metals.

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City to enter mediation with airport

COVINGTON — The city of Covington will enter into mediation with Dixie Jet Services, the fixed base operator of Covington Municipal Airport.

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City to enter mediation with airport

The city of Covington will enter into mediation with Dixie Jet Services, the fixed base operator of Covington Municipal Airport.

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City to save $70K on fiber optics

The city of Covington will see a savings of approximately $70,000 per year after installing its own fiber optic lines.

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City will save by installing its own fiber optics

The city of Covington will see a savings of approximately $70,000 per year after installing its own fiber optic lines. The city will not be renewing its three-year contract with Charter Communications for fiber connections running to City Hall and serving various city buildings. The cost for that service, along with high-speed internet, which will be retained, run about $6,675 a month, according to Bobby Johnson, the city's information system manager. By canceling the Charter contract, the city will save about $70,000 a year, he said.

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Electric bill error affects thousands

About 2,800 city of Covington electricity customers were affected by a billing calculating error on utility bills that went out in October. The good news is bills were calculated to be higher than they should have been, and customers who received a corrected version owed less.

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Utility billing error affects city customers

About 2,800 city of Covington electricity customers were affected by a billing calculating error on utility bills that went out in October. The good news is, bills were calculated to be higher than they should have been, and customers who received a corrected version owed less. For the complete story, see Wednesday's Newton Citizen.

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