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Goodbye to Catfish

Anthony Wayne Johnson will retire as one of the City of Covington's most treasured employees this month after logging nearly 31 years of service.

May 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


BOC hears in house attorney proposal

The Board of Commissioners began discussing ways to rein in legal fees at Wednesday night's budget meeting, hearing recommendations from County Manager Tom Garrett and a proposal for in house legal services from Commissioner Nancy Schulz.

May 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Proposed FY16 budget poses financing challenge

The first draft of the proposed FY16 budget sees an increase of $11,998,261 to $59,722,158, which the Board of Commissioners will start hammering back down in the coming weeks.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kelsey’s Law becomes state law

State Representatives Dave Belton (R-Buckhead) and Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers) announced that Governor Nathan Deal signed Kelsey's Law, or SB 160, into law at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Rep. Belton attended the bill signing ceremony for Kelsey's Law, which aims to protect minors from cyberbullying.

May 07, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis praises county employees on roadworks

Chairman Keith Ellis announced Tuesday that the county had received $48,000 from the state to help cover the cost of repairing three roads damaged by the recent heavy rains.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Landfill manager resigns

Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.

May 06, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Sex offenses on the rise locally, in Ga.

Brandon Wiggins pleaded guilty to molesting his two stepsisters, one was consensual, and the other was by force. Donald Waite was found guilty of the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old child. And a former college professor pleaded guilty to obscene Internet contact.

April 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man accused of molesting partner’s child

Henry Eugene Glover Smith was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with the molestation of his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter.

April 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Henderson thinks jail time unfair

County Commissioner J.C. Henderson is regularly serving jail time because of his son's failure to report for mandatory juvenile court programs, a sentence which Henderson feels is unfair to him as a parent.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New Miracle field site could draw events

Officials with the Miracle League of Newton County unveiled a new design recently that will not only reduce costs but is also expected to make the facility a more attractive venue for large community events.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ready to show their skills

More than 500 local youth and young adults will participate in the Newton County Special Olympics.

In Newton County, the athletes train and compete in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, bowling, roller skating, horseback riding, power lifting, golf, field and track, developmental sports and wheelchair activities.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Three men arrested for loitering after smoking marijuana in car

Covington police arrested three men for loitering and prowling in front on an empty house for sale.

When the officer approached the car, he noticed that the inside of the Nissan Maxima was smoky and smelled of marijuana.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Man hit in head with pipe by mechanic

A man was hit in the head with a pipe after confronting a mechanic who was cussing at his girlfriend.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Migrant workers detained briefly

Dozens of migrant workers on their way to work in the tobacco fields of North Carolina were detained Thursday morning, after a passerby on Interstate 20 saw what they thought was someone being forced into the undercarriage of one of the workers' charter buses and called 911.

April 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Volunteers to landscape homeless shelter

Volunteers with Kohl's in Conyers, led by local resident Donna Sneed, are hoping to beautify the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle on April 26.

Sneed hopes to erect a sign at the street entrance to the shelter and landscape and plant flowers around the sign, in addition to putting potted flowers at the entrance to each of the shelter's buildings and planters along the side of some of the buildings. She also hopes to get the shelter's playground equipment repaired.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


11th annual Cheerios Challenge next Saturday

The 11th annual Covington Cheerios Challenge will be held Saturday, April 21, at the YMCA on Newton Drive.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County budget rises first time in 4 years

Property tax revenues for the county continue to decline, yet for the first time in four years the county's budget is actually projected to increase.

April 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman tells deputies she is child of God

A woman was arrested after tailgating a family of four down Floyd Street while blowing her horn and flipping the bird.

April 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Resurfacing work to begin on I-20 Tuesday

Pittman Construction expects to restart resurfacing work Tuesday on Interstate 20 between mile marker 102 and 105 in Morgan County, while weekend work in Newton County between mile marker 98 and 93 will run from 9 a.m. April 20 through 6 a.m. April 23.

Motorist can expect daily lane closures and short delays, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, Pittman Construction Company and E. R. Snell Contractor were awarded this $27 million project, which consists of 19.5 miles of milling and resurfacing, beginning east of Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County and extending east of Ga ...

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Reads receives state award

Newton County Reads, Executive Director Paryn Wallace recently received an award during the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) Conference at Amicalola Falls, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Mary Deal were guest speakers during the event.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boyfriend chokes girlfriend, rips out weave

A Newton County deputy arrested a man for simple battery after he tried to choke his girlfriend and threw her to the ground.

The girlfriend was upstairs with her eight-month-old daughter texting when the boyfriend entered the room. The boyfriend told the talking baby to shut up and the girlfriend told the boyfriend not to talk to her daughter that way. The girlfriend then went to pick the baby up and the boyfriend grabbed her wrist instructing her not to.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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