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.
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.
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.
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.
Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.
Josephine Kelly has agreed to become Porterdale's second Main Street Director, filling the slot vacated by Teri Haler, who took a position as Tourism Director for the City of Conyers.
Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.
The Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to move forward with the purchase of the Cousins Community Center for $1.5 million pending appraisals of the property, buildings, environment and utility consumption over the coming months.
Eastside has a new basketball coach. After tendering a formal offer last week, the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Gregory Freeman to become Eastside's third boys' basketball coach.
It's hot outside, and Covington residents are staying indoors, which is the safe place to be, but bad for business.
Covington plays host to several movie and TV projects each year, and the chamber suggested a storefront on the square be dedicated to housing film memorabilia.
Social Circle's budget will increase this year for the first time in several years, going from $2.8 to $3 million.
The city of Porterdale established a resolution for new water and sewer utility rates at its city council meeting on Monday.
A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.
You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.
Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.
The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.
A hike in water and sewer rates gets a third and final reading and a public hearing when the Porterdale City Council meets at 6:30 tonight.
The Covington City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 tonight that will lead into a council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Three reports of financial fraud have been filed with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
MACON - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was found unharmed after a car was stolen while the teen slept inside.
Bibb County sheriff's Sgt. Sean DeFoe says the car was stolen from a gas station late Saturday night with the sleeping child in the back seat.
WOODBINE, Ga. - A section of old railroad tracks converted to hiking and biking trail just got a mile longer in coastal Georgia.