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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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Three local officers honored for service

An academic achievement award is given to the top graduate of the police academy each year based on their grade point average and performance during their time at the academy. The Covington Police Department has had three graduates receive this honor for three years in a row which is rare for any police department, but what is even rarer is the fact that they are all women.

The Sheriff Franklin Thornton Award, named after the long-time Walton County Sheriff, is a prestigious award for any upcoming law enforcement officer.

April 03, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Driving growth

Golf fans around the world have their attention focused on Augusta this week as the game's best descend on The Masters.

However, attention should also be brought elsewhere in Georgia. Bridgestone Golf in Covington is providing more than the thrill of competition and the pageantry of Amen Corner.

April 03, 2012 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Lawyer Strauss to run for BOC seat

Local attorney John Strauss announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the District 1Board of Commissioners seat.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Possible probation company audit

The city's former probation services provider, East Georgia Correctional Services, turned over its records to the city Friday, and interim Municipal Court Judge Ben Hendricks recommended that the city approve an audit of the records.

"For the protection and edification of all the parties involved, both the outgoing and the incoming probation services for the court as well as the permanent judge, when appointed, I respectfully request that an audit of the court be done by the city auditors. I am not aware that a comprehensive audit of the court has been done in recent memory," Hendricks wrote in ...

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City council drops pants ordinance

The Covington City Council voted Monday to table a proposed sagging pants ordinance, after the majority of council members remained unconvinced they could or should legislate how people wear their pants.

Councilman Chris Smith had asked the city attorneys to research the topic, and after the council had a lively debate at a Wednesday work session, Smith asked the council Monday whether it wanted to move forward.

April 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sex with student

A Conyers high school teacher who lives in Covington was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 03, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Annual McDonough festival adds evening concert

Downtown McDonough will host its 35th annual Geranium Festival on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. followed by an evening concert.

The festival will host exhibitors from all over the Southeast who will be selling homemade crafts. Food vendors will also offer festival goers a wide selection of options. Admission and parking are free.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Commemorating the past

The seventh annual gathering on the square to commemorate Black Easter, Covington's most famous civil rights event, will take place Sunday at 3 p.m.

The gathering will feature singing, fellowship and speakers like Georgia Rep. Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Hicks found not guilty of child molestation

A man accused of molesting his adopted daughter was found not guilty last week on all charges.

Daniel Lee Hicks, 46, was originally arrested in May 2009 and charged with four counts of child molestation.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID’d

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

A press release issue by the GBI confirms what Social Circle authorities have already released, that around 11:45 p.m. a motorist on I-20 called 911 to report what they believed was a brush fire near U.S. Highway 278 and I-20. When firefighters began to extingush the blaze they found Stewart's body.

April 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County: sentencing

Francisco Jarier-Serraro, first degree forgery, 5 years probation, 60 days confinement, $1000. Speeding, 12 months probation, $150. Driving without license, 12 months probation, $200. Credit for time served.

April 03, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local church group to give away scholarship

Covington residents Ralph and Gerri Murphy were surprised recently when the Sunday school class they teach created a scholarship in their honor.

"Murphy's Gang," a couple's class at the First Baptist Church in Covington, will award one deserving graduating senior this year with an undisclosed amount of money to help the student in college.

April 03, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices rose five cents over the last week

The average gasoline price in Atlanta rose five cents per gallon in the past week to $3.83 per gallon.

According to the gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com, the national average increased 3.2 cents in the last week to $3.89 per gallon.

April 03, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Teacher accused of sexual contact

A Covington man who was a Conyers high school teacher was arrested Friday on charges of a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

April 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


Social Circle murder victim ID'd

The body found burning off Interstate 20 in Social Circle late Thursday night has been identified as 36-year-old Akili Jabari Stewart of Stone Mountain. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

April 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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