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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


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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Two firefighters burned in Thursday morning house fire

Two Newton County Firefighters suffered second and third degree burns while fighting a house fire Thursday morning that claimed a resident's life.

January 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Jan. 10

o Hannah Kelly Brownlee, 17, 5371 Hillview Dr., Oxford, Dec. 19. Failure to stop at stop sign, operation of vehicle without current plate, expired plate (first offense), alteration of license plates, improper license plate, possession of marijuana less than one ounce.

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport opening delayed to end of Jan.

Weather continues to wreak havoc on Covington Municipal Airport construction and officials now hope the airport will be fully open by Jan. 25.

January 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


2010 census forms to be mailed soon

As the world becomes ever faster and more diverse, the U.S. Census Bureau is hoping to follow suit in an effort to make the 2010 Census count the most complete ever.

January 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reading to children is essential

Baby Talk

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local wins 2 GCGMA awards

Local resident Robert Rhoades has received awards from the Georgia Country and Gospel Music Association. The awards are for "Songwriter of the Year" for his CD titled "Paths Across My Heart" and "Most Promising Entertainer of the Year" for 2009.

January 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tears of the Innocent

The following is the first in a three-part series looking at domestic violence in Newton County. Names have been changed to protect the victims and their families.

January 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Don’t be left out in the cold, prepare for winter weather

As a wave of arctic air rolls across the United States, Georgia faces bone-chilling temperatures and the possibility of snow. Because Georgia is not usually prone to extreme snow and ice, even small amounts can cause severe problems.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Visit ‘Party-dale’

Porterdale Downtown Manager Sandy Fowler presented a list of tentative events and festivals to the city council at their regular Monday night meeting.

January 08, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


County hopes to use stimulus to fund roads

One of the county's "death trap" intersections, Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212, should finally get a stoplight later this year.

January 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cold front

A winter weather advisory was issued for Newton County by the National Weather Service, advising residents of a strong chance of snow and ice Thursday afternoon and evening with near record-low temperatures.

January 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Up-to-date local weather forecast

Updated Thursday night to reflect school closings:

January 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Airport to remain closed for most of Jan.

Because of the unusually cold weather, the opening of the Covington Municipal Airport has once again been pushed back. The airport was scheduled to be open by today, but Horton said the airport won't be open until Jan. 22 at the earliest. He said the city, Dixie Jet, the DOT, the engineering firm PBS&J and Pittman Construction will discuss the possibility of partially opening the airport and runway. The airport has been closed since late September for runway reconstruction and other rehabilitation.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Holt to run for fourth Georgia house term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R- Social Circle) has announced that he will run for reelection and plans to continue to represent Newton and Walton Counties through his policy of fiscal conservatism.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Airport authority takes next step

The Covington City Council moved forward with the creation of an airport authority, despite concerns from some residents that the city was moving too quickly.

January 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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