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Crystal Tatum

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Covington won't delay electric hike for SGD

The city of Covington will not delay an electric rate increase for a local industry.

Covington alters hotel/motel projects

City officials have revised the list of tourism projects to benefit from a portion of hotel/motel tax revenues.

BOC denies personal care home

County commissioners denied a conditional use permit Tuesday for a personal care home on Ga. Highway 36 after hearing from neighbors who were opposed.

Covington exits to be beautified

Gateways into the city will now be regularly mowed and maintained, as the Covington City Council has approved lawn maintenance contracts to jumpstart its beautification efforts.

Electric chargers put on hold: Provider files bankruptcy, under investigation by FTC

The company that the city of Covington was planning to partner with to install electric vehicle chargers downtown has filed for bankruptcy and is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission.

Douglas votes against LMIG bid

The county commission approved a bid of $1,167,134 from Pittman Construction Inc. out of Conyers to handle Local Maintenance Improvement Grant projects, but one commissioner voted in opposition because he’s not happy with one of the projects.

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Newton gets $400K in DOT Quick Response money

Newton County transportation got a nearly $1.3 million boost from the Georgia Department of Transportation Tuesday.

Covington changes alcohol ordinance

The Covington City Council has finalized an update to the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow licensing for on-premises wine and beer tastings, licensing for caterers to serve alcohol off-premises and temporary permits for non-profits to sell alcohol at events to benefit a charitable or civic organization.

Social Circle hosts Friendship Fest

The very name of the city denotes a spirit of hospitality, so it’s no surprise Social Circle calls its celebration of fall the Friendship Festival.

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Newborn hosts tour of homes

Newborn will celebrate its history in October with a tour of homes, schoolhouse alumni reunion and the release of a book detailing how life used to be in the tiny town.

County to regulate taxis, change business license process

Commissioners recently agreed to pay a consulting firm to research ways to improve the county’s business license application process and regulate taxi companies.

Covington updates alcohol ordinance

The Covington City Council has approved the first reading of an update to the city’s alcohol ordinance to allow licensing for on-premises wine and beer tastings, licensing for caterers to serve alcohol off-premises and temporary permits for non-profits to sell alcohol at events to benefit a charitable or civic organization.

Dump truck spill results in charges

The owner of a dump truck that spilled rocks along U.S. Highway 278 in late August is unhappy about reimbursement charges for clean up from the city of Covington.

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Second-graders grill Covington mayor

Mayor Ronnie Johnston was put on the hot seat by second graders at Middle Ridge Elementary School Thursday.

911 employee hosts second blood drive

911 Communications Officer Nathaniel Stykes organized his first blood drive in June, giving public safety agencies a chance to compete.

Go-kart track regs approved

County commissioners have amended the zoning ordinance to allow go-kart facilities in certain areas with a conditional use permit.

Newton bridges to be assessed

The Board of Commissioners recently awarded a contract to Gresham Smith and Partners out of Alpharetta to provide engineering services for bridges in the county at a cost of $38,735.

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Mt. Tabor bridge opens

Mt. Tabor Bridge is now safe to travel for school buses, fire trucks and other large vehicles.

BOC approves purchasing policy

County commissioners agreed to keep a resident vendor preference provision in the new purchasing policy approved Aug. 20.

City repairing roof at Legion Field

The city of Covington will repair the roof of the building at Legion Field, a first step in improvements to the fairground that city officials hope will ultimately become an entertainment venue.

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FFA to hold mud run

f you’re itching for a different, fun way to test your endurance, the FFA-FCCLA Center is hosting the first annual Udder Mud Run, an alternative to the traditional 5K that features a 20-obstacle course that will have participants neck deep in red Georgia clay.

Covington SPLOST funds pave streets

The city of Covington is putting SPLOST funds to use, preparing to resurface eight streets and six subdivisions, at a cost of $682,537.31. The Covington City Council awarded the project to low bidder Key Paving Inc. on Aug. 19.

Judges: Expansion needed soon

Superior Court judges have asked the county commission to expedite the expansion of the Newton County Judicial Center.

County gets new financial software

The county’s dinosaur of a financial software system is being replaced to save money and time.

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Neighbors on watch

More than 70 people attended The Ellington Neighborhood Watch First Annual Night Out recently.

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Heat actress returns to Covington

Bubba’s girlfriend returned to Covington Thursday.

City, county approve personal care homes

Both the city and county approved applications related to personal care homes this week.

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More than $420k spent locally on Miracle Field

More than $420,000 has been spent with 23 local businesses on the Miracle League field, Consultant Tamara Richardson reported to county commissioner Tuesday night.

Gaither could move to private operator

County officials have started discussions on whether to allow a private entity to run Gaither Plantation.

Dickerson hosts family fun day

State Rep. Pam Dickerson, D-113, is hosting a Family Fun Day event for Newton residents from noon - 3 p.m. at Trailblazer Park on Clark Street in Covington.

Wildwood second entrance required to develop

The Covington City Council made a move Monday night to try to correct 10 years of unkept promises to residents of Wildwood Subdivision.

Transportation key topic at retreat

Transportation planning was a focus of the county commission’s mini-retreat held last Friday at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Extension service helps farmers, citizens

Glenn Tippens has 175 lawns to maintain, and it’s up to him to figure out what’s wrong when they’re discolored, diseased and dying.

BOC discusses go karts, purchasing policy

Commissioners held a work session Thursday to discuss a proposed purchasing policy and proposed zoning regulations for go kart facilities.

More than 4,300 books read during summer reading

The Newton County Library System is reporting a successful summer reading program, with more than 4,300 books read by children.

Free Rx cards available

Newton County residents can now obtain free prescription discount cards at county facilities and participating local pharmacies.

Miracle League roof vote delayed

Commissioners have tabled the selection of a contractor to install a metal roof on the concession stand at the Miracle League field at the request of Commissioner Levie Maddox.

Ga. Highway 212 road work to run through next year

Turn lanes will be added on Ga. Hwy. 212 at the intersection of Bethany and Butler Bridge roads and at the Oak Hill Road intersection, according to DOT Spokeswoman Cissy McNure. A center lane will also be added from Bethany and Butler Bridge roads to Denny Dobbs Park. The traffic light at Hwy. 212 and Oak Hill Road will be replaced.

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Senior summer

Seniors are staying busy and cool during the dog days of summer with activities like ceramics and quilting at Newton County Senior Center.

Library board approves budget

The Newton County Library Board of Trustees has approved the fiscal year 2014 budget.

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Ellis shares plan to save county money

Chairman Keith Ellis is looking for new ways for the county to save money and generate revenue, and he’s applying the philosophy that “little things achieved are better than big things planned.”

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Restoring a gem of a gym

Construction continues on the first phase of rehabilitation of Porterdale Gym.

Downtown Covington to get more lights this Christmas

Downtown Covington will be a little brighter this Christmas, as the city of Covington and Main Street have agreed to jointly allocate a total of $40,000 for additional holiday lights.

Covington to get electric chargers

The city of Covington is continuing to diversify fuel options for its own fleet and the public and will soon install electric vehicle charging stations downtown.

Douglas pins pay raise on fellow commissioners

Commissioner John Douglas said he would bring up the pending salary increase for commissioners Tuesday night, making a motion that would require them to vote on a pay raise versus it being automatically tied to the sheriff’s salary, which increases once certain population thresholds are reached.

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Water world

These are the winners of the Citizen’s summer vacation photo contest.

Newton, Rockdale hospitals rank high on surgeries

Both Newton and Rockdale medical centers scored the second highest rating possible on a Consumer Reports rating of hospitals based on how patients fare during and after surgery.

Oak Hill Bridge to be replaced

County officials have been concerned about the safety of Oak Hill Bridge over Snapping Shoals Creek for years, and now the bridge is finally set to be replaced.

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Cushions add comfort at BOC meeting

Attending a Board of Commissioners can be a little uncomfortable, with hard wooden benches for seating.

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Signed with love

“The Vampire Diaries” fans have taken to signing barricades outside Mystic Grill, the fictional cafe in the show that is being converted to a real restaurant.