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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


Porterdale tabs Josephine Kelly for Main Street

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.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gunshot fired inside Conyers Middle School

Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.

May 05, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County moves to buy Cousins Community Center

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.

May 05, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


College Ave. moves up in water main project

Water pressure issues along College Avenue have caused the Covington City Council to move the area ahead of schedule in the city's water main replacement project.

May 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Spring commencement is GPC's last before merger

Georgia Perimeter College's 50th and final graduation under the GPC banner will take place Friday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. The college expects to become a unit of Georgia State University next January.

May 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington's finances in 'good, good shape'

With the fiscal year winding down, the city of Covington got word that it is "in good, good financial shape," according to Miller Edwards of Mauldin and Jenkins CPAs, LLC, which presented its audit to the council Monday.

May 04, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Fire shuts down I-20 WB at Salem Rd

IN BRIEF: Interstate 20 westbound at Salem Road is shut down due to a tractor trailer fire. No injuries are reported. Check back later for more.

May 04, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Free ribs coming

Shane's Rib Shack in Covington is holding their annual Rib Giveaway on May 16. The first 100 guests at Shane's Rib Shack on that day will receive a free half rack of slow-cooked baby back ribs, a 20-ounce beverage and special edition Rib Giveaway T-shirt in honor of the official month of BBQ.

April 18, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carl Vinson Institute facilitation proposal

The University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government has offered to facilitate four citizen landfill committee meetings for $12,500.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Row, row, row your boat

The recent rains may have kept kayaks and canoes off the river, but thanks to the Yellow River Water Trail, Georgians will be able to enjoy the watershed for years to come.

April 17, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Department heads begin budget review

The Newton County Board of Commissioners moved a step further to a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year this week.

April 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Tom Garrett leaves for Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett will be stepping down from his position next month to become the public works director for Barrow County.

April 15, 2015 | Stanley Dunlap Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled

Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.

April 14, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


GPC tuition increasing 2.5 percent

Georgia Perimeter College tuition will increase 2.5 percent for the upcoming academic year.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Peachtree Academy shows off new labs

Peachtree Academy showed off its newest addition Tuesday, conducting a tour and ribbon cutting of its new science labs at the Covington campus, located at 14101 Hwy. 278.

April 14, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Monticello St to be Veterans Memorial Hwy

A part of Monticello Street will officially be known as Veterans Memorial Highway starting Tuesday.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3rd Annual Spring Fling Saturday

The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department hosts its 3rd Annual Spring Fling this Saturday at the Porterdale Ball Park.

April 13, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


$150K to be allocated for jail sewer system repairs

In addition to approving raises for the Fire Department and Sheriff's Office, the Board of Commissioners took care of several other items of business at Tuesday's meeting.

April 12, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


City of Covington gets its shovels ready

Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from the City of Covington, with the first scheduled for Monday.

April 10, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ellis pulls Craig critic from purchasing policy committee

County Chairman Keith Ellis has rescinded his invitation to local citizen Ann Neuhierl to serve on the committee seeking to reform the purchasing policy, telling her that "the original candidate is now available."

April 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Porterdale puts brakes on landfill traffic

The City of Porterdale passed a new ordinance Monday banning vehicles from using compression and engine brakes except in emergencies in an effort to prohibit large garbage trucks from passing through the town as the county weighs a deal to expand and privatize the landfill.

April 08, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


BOC approves raises for Sheriff's office

The Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve $135,000 in raises for Sheriff's office and another $48,000 in pay increases for the Fire Department over the next three months until a budget can be drawn up for next year.

April 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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