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Crystal Tatum

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Grassroots group forming new plan

A local grassroots group that formed a few months ago to protest a property tax increase is meeting Thursday to discuss a new plan of action.

Covington hires new finance director

The city of Covington has hired a new finance director.

Industry will expand jobs

Elmet Technologies fully operational

Elmet Technologies has announced that its Covington facility is fully operational and will expand employment from about 25 to between 75 and 100 in the next two to three years.

Old Church gets new floors, hosts concert

Those attending a free ice cream social and concert at Old Church will also get to see the historic building’s revamped floors.

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Transporting into retirement: Skinner leaving city after 41 years

Transportation Project Manager BillySkinner is retiring from the city of Covington after 41 years.

Pdale hosts reunion

If you have memories of days gone by in Porterdale, here’s your opportunity to share them.

JDA may remove Social Circle's debt obligation

The Joint Development Authority has authorized its legal counsel to prepare an amendment to a 2002 intergovernmental agreement relieving Social Circle of debt obligation related to water and sewer infrastructure to Stanton Springs.

Some commissioners won't accept raises

There are still questions about salary hikes for elected officials and constitutional officers triggered by a population increase - when they will become effective and how they will impact the recently approved budget, for example.

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Heritage grad featured on 'Yes to the Dress'

Several Heritage High School graduates will appear on an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” airing at 9 p.m. Friday.

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Meecham retiring after 20 years

Bill Meecham is retiring after 20 years with the city of Covington.

Covington offers gas rebates

The city of Covington is offering incentives and financing assistance to those within the city’s gas service area who install or convert to natural gas appliances.

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First Lady visits Newton Medical

Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal visited Newton Medical Center Monday to raise awareness about the importance of immunizations, learn about the hospital’s First Steps program and tour the BirthCare Center.

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Beloved leader Wilborn dead at 73

Former City Councilman and beloved community volunteer Charles Wilborn died of a heart attack Saturday. He was 73.

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Tourism director ready to promote Hollywood of South

Jenny McDonald has been tourism director for two months and she’s already formulated some big plans.

BOC pay to increase by $42 per month

Chairman Keith Ellis’s office has released a press release stating that commissioners’ salaries will be increased by $42.87 per month due to Newton County’s population surpassing the 100,000 mark.

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Snapping Shoals celebrates 75 years

Snapping Shoals celebrated 75 years at its annual meeting Thursday.

Covington first in state to build public CNG station

Covington will be the first city in Georgia to build a public access compressed natural gas station and will likely be used as a model for similar facilities throughout the state.

Two businesses open, three close downtown

Two new businesses have opened on the Square in Covington, and there are four prospects - two retail and two restaurants - looking at space there, according to the chair of the Main Street Covington Board of Directors.

Covington CNG station to open next year

Covington will have a compressed natural gas fuel station by next year.

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Dance, dance, dance

Students are learning this weeks about various types of dance at the Arts Association’s Dance Camp.

BOC, other officials could get pay raise

County commissioners and other elected officials could receive a pay raise based on the county’s increasing population, but one commissioner said he’ll try to prevent it.

Twelve Oaks expanding

Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast is expanding.

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Harrison talks national debt with congressmen

Roger Harrison, the former head of the Covington-Newton County Economic Development Office, recently visited Washington, D.C. to call on members of Congress to fix the national debt crisis and discuss how it is affecting private businesses.

Senior living, retail complex to develop in Newton

A senior living and retail development is planned off U.S. Hwy. 278 and Turner Lake Road.

Work begins on Mystic Grill

The work required to turn fiction into fact in downtown Covington has begun. Renovations have started on the historic Clark Street building used in exterior shots as Mystic Grill on “The Vampire Diaries.”

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Groovin' at camp

Students in the Arts Association of Newton County’s Musical Theater Camp rehearse in Porter Memorial Auditorium for their Friday evening performance of “Let the Sunshine In.” At center is Danysha Lamadieu, soloist on the”Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” number. The performance takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at Porter Auditorium, on the campus of Newton College and Career Academy at 140 Ram Drive. Tickets are $5. Fifty-nine campers have been studying music, dance, stage terminology and acting technique with a focus on the music of the 1960s. The camp runs July 8-19 in two sessions divided by age group. Junior campers are ages fourth through seventh grade and senior campers are ages eighth through twelfth grade. Camp directors are Mary Lynn Luke, Jay Tryall and Ashley and Peter Swann. (Staff Photo: Crystal Tatum)

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Public protests millage rate

A rally to oppose the adoption of the rollback millage rate drew about 30 peaceful protestors prior to the public hearing.

BOC approves rollback rate

BOC approves rollback rate

BOC approves rollback millage

COVINGTON - County commissioners Tuesday night approved the rollback millage rate of 11.54 mils by a vote of 4 to 1, despite public outcry against the move at the public hearing prior to the meeting and citizens comments during the meeting.

Casting agency seeks extras for new TV show

Extras are being cast for the new ABC drama “Resurrection,” which will film in and around Newton County from July 22 to mid-October.

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Dalton admits operating businesses without paying fees

Councilman will not be charged retroactively by city

Councilman Keith Dalton has admitted to operating two businesses for years without paying the proper tax.

Knight returns to work following heart attack

City Manager Leigh Anne Knight returned to work Monday two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Snapping Shoals celebrates 75 years at annual meeting

COVINGTON — All Snapping Shoals EMC members are invited to celebrate the cooperative’s 75th anniversary at this year’s annual meeting on Thursday, July 25, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

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Mooing for chicken

Residents celebrated Cow Appreciation Day by dressing as cows at Chick-fil-A.

Casting agency seeks extras for new TV show

COVINGTON — If you’ve always wanted to be on the small screen, this may be your chance.

Citizens' group to rally against budget

A citizens group will rally in opposition to the anticipated millage rate adoption Tuesday night.

Haler hired as P'dale downtown manager

Teri Haler is Porterdale's new downtown manager.

Porterdale applying for Main Street status

The city of Porterdale is hoping to become a Main Street community.

P'dale official wants ban on smoking in cars with minors

A Porterdale city councilman is proposing an ordinance banning smoking in vehicles while transporting children.

Porterdale offers home buyer incentives

The city of Porterdale is offering incentives for home buyers.

Canoe/kayak launch and boat ramp planned for Yellow River

A canoe and kayak launch and boat ramp will be installed for access to the Yellow River in Porterdale.

Self-defense class to be held at Prospect UMC

Last year, Tyra Canady’s friend was attacked in the parking lot of the Conyers Hobby Lobby. A man held her at knifepoint and attempted to abduct her and her grandchild.

City manager returns home via Angel Flight

City Manager Leigh Anne Knight returned home to Covington on Monday after being hospitalized in Panama City, Fla., following a heart attack.

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Fireworks tent destroyed by fire

A tent that sells fireworks was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.

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Covington city manager recovering from heart attack

Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight suffered a heart attack while on vacation last week.

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Covington city manager recovering from heart attack

Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight suffered a heart attack while on vacation this week.

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Fireworks tent destroyed by fire

A tent that sells fireworks was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.

GBI investigates former city probation provider

The GBI is investigating the former probation services provider to the city of Covington.

New position will focus on small business recruitment

The City Council agreed to fund a small businss recruitment position.

Porterdale, Covington reschedule Fourth celebrations

Oxford cancels parade

Due to the threat of severe storms, the city of Porterdale has rescheduled Fourth of July festivities.