Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown is seeking nearly $4 million in additional money for next fiscal year's budget, but with property tax revenue again expected to decline, it's unclear how much - if any - money will be available.
Newborn and Porterdale officials are hoping to streamline elections in their towns to help residents vote more easily whenever there are city and county elections in the same year.
One of the most significant discussions so far this budget year has been whether to institute a new fee for residents to use the county's recycling centers.
Newton County commissioners have a lot of work left to do for next fiscal year's budget, including decisions on whether to raise the property tax rate, fund any of the $5.4 million in additional department requests or institute a fee to use recycling centers.
Eastside High School girls' tennis team captain and No. 1 singles player Amanda Blackwell signed with Piedmont College this week, a NCAA Division III school in Demorest.
The fourth annual Fire House 5K will kick off Saturday, and there's still time to register, as Covington fire officials hope the turnout will continue to grow to more than 400 runners this year.
Firehouse Subs is coming to Covington, adding another national, fast casual chain to the city's growing restaurant mix.
The city of Covington has saved around $60,000 per year since it began creating its own fiber optic cable network to connect its buildings across the city, and officials hope to be able to offer those kinds of savings to other local government entities and possibly create another revenue stream in the future.
Newton County's two drinking-water reservoirs, Lake Varner and City Pond, are getting a helping hand from the sun in the battle to keep them as healthy and clean as possible.
An infant and a Covington teenager were killed Thursday night in a wreck on I-20 that police believe was caused by an illegal car race going awry.
Luther Hays Presbyterian Church had its history stolen recently, and the church's members are pleading for its safe return.
Creating the real Mystic Grill restaurant - named after the popular restaurant from the TV series "The Vampire Diaries" - won't be cheap at a cost of $2.27 million, but the owners are hoping to get a low-interest loan from the state to cover at least a fraction of the cost.
A Wednesday night fire that damaged part of an Oxford duplex and destroyed most of its contents left a family of five homeless, but the Red Cross and the family's home church is rallying to offer support.
Covington's population and the number of people needing help from the police are growing, even if the police force isn't because of a string of tight budgets in recent years.
Newton High School senior Micah Sneed signed a two-year, full-ride scholarship Tuesday to play basketball at West Georgia Technical Junior College in Carrollton.
The citizens and county employees who had filled the Newton County Historic Courthouse broke out in applause Wednesday night after Chairman Kathy Morgan announced that the Newton County Board of Commissioners had reached a consensus on a budget for next year.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a balanced budget for fiscal year 2010 on Wednesday night, which will keep the millage rate at 9.73 and will cut approximately 16 jobs.
Before the commissioners debate next year's budget in the Historic Courthouse at 7 p.m. tonight, Newton County's political parties will take to the square to give their thoughts on property taxes and county jobs.
Newton County will attempt to revitalize the Fairview Estates subdivision by spending $1.74 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Funds to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed and bank-owned properties. Fairview Estates is located off Fairview Road near its intersection with Salem Road.
As the price of gas continues to rise, Covington is trying to save money and gain supply stability by purchasing in bulk. In April Covington joined the North Georgia Fuel Cooperative, a 16-local-government-agency cooperative that is pooling its fuel needs in an effort to secure less expensive gas prices.
Before the county's final budget work session at 7 p.m. today, the Newton County Republican Party will rally against a property tax increase at 6 p.m., today on the Square.
Before the county's final budget work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Newton County Republican Party will rally against a property tax increase at 6 p.m., tomorrow on the Square. Elizabeth Christian, 1st vice chair of the local republican party, said the party opposes both increasing property taxes and cutting any public safety jobs. Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Newton County GOP Chairman Ester Fleming will speak at the rally.
Newton County residents received automated phone calls Wednesday night opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects. The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.
The topic of the Norfolk Southern railroad in Newton County is gaining momentum even as the line itself falls into disuse. In the past week, the topic of purchasing the railroad has been discussed at three different meetings: District 3 Commissioner Nancy Schulz's fireside chat on Thursday, the public comments segment of Tuesday's Board of Commissioners meeting and the Monday railroad
Covington residents will pay higher natural gas rates, water rates and garbage collection fees beginning July 1. The city council approved the second and final reading for all three increases Monday.
Update, May 22, 12:52 p.m. District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson is holding a public meeting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Courthouse for all county residents to voice their concerns and give suggestions about the fiscal year 2010 budget. The meeting will be rebroadcast on WGFS 1430 AM on Sunday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Commissioner J.C. Henderson can be reached at home at 770-788-1994 or on his cell phone at ...
Newton County residents have been receiving automated phone calls opposing any millage rate increases and accusing Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan and commissioners J.C. Henderson, Nancy Schulz and Earnest Simmons of wasting money on selfish, special interest projects. The phone call goes on to support the stands of commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming and urges residents to call all of the commissioners to make their views known.
After a four and a half-hour budget work session on Monday night, the Board of Commissioners remained divided over how best to cut the remaining $4.8 million fiscal year 2010 budget deficit.
At its May 12 meeting, the Georgia State Election Board reviewed the criminal allegations against Horace Don Gresham and voted to refer the case to the Attorney General's office.
Peggy Greer, a Mansfield resident, is teaming up with other county residents including Freddie Neely to organize informational meetings at Starrsville United Methodist Church. The group is having their second meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the church, 2786 Dixie Road. Greer said about 20 people attended the first meeting.