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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Kmart in Covington was spared in the latest round of store closings, though the bargain retail chain may close dozens more stores in the near future.
Update, Jan. 3: The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved a county redistricting map Monday at a special called meeting.
Residents of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter got several early Christmas presents, when a group of local residents put together a Christmas celebration for the residents.
The second annual Legislative Prayer Breakfast will take place Jan. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Turner Lake Complex. Hosted by the Covington Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the event is free to the public and will feature a guest speaker and light breakfast and coffee.
Ask Anita Denny about music and she'll tell you a dozen a stories and then break out singing the songs she wrote to match. She is a country music singer after all.
The Newton County Library System will lay off 12 employees beginning Jan. 1 because of declining revenues and increasing costs.
A 51-year-old man from Rex, Ga., was arrested on Dec. 23 and charged with child molestation.
Deputies are searching for three black males who robbed a 14-year-old as he walked on Mountainside Lane Monday afternoon.
There were some news stories listed incorrectly in this morning's email digest sent out to our readers.
Former Mayor Bill Dobbs, Former Mayor Sam Ramsey, Mayor Kim Carter and Mayor Elect Ronnie Johnston gathered at Carter's farewell celebration.
Covington's eternal flame has been re-lit after nearly two decades of darkness.
Due to the upcoming holiday, The Covington News will be adjusting our schedule again this week.
A local company is looking to hire 100 people in the coming weeks, welcome news in an uncertain economy. But the staffing company that is handling the hiring process may have trouble filling those 100 positions.
The Newton County Farm Bureau, an extension of the Georgia Farm Bureau, serves the community by promoting local agriculture to its residents through related activities and events.
Make Christmas meals and treats go even further with some frugal and fabulous recipes designed to make the most out your holiday leftovers!