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.
In the wake of the recent outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary, the Newton County School Board concluded an action needed to disinfect the school during its meeting Tuesday night.
The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.
The Georgia State Superintendent's Office released the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index, CCRPI, scores for the 2013-2014 school year Tuesday.
Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.
Update 12/18/2014: Due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to next Saturday, Dec. 27 at the same time.
The first 2015 Ford F-150 sold in Georgia will be driven in Covington, as Newton County resident Mike Poole made the purchase at Covington Ford.
The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night's public meeting.
Alcovy United Methodist Church is working with the Salvation Army's Toy Drive for the third year, and helped supply toys to those who might otherwise not have anything for Christmas.
A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.
The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.
UPDATE: Springfield Baptist's 100,000 pounds of food was fully distributed by Wednesday, Dec. 17. SBC holds a free food distribution once every three months.
A Kroger employee had to pull an attacker off a cashier Saturday afternoon.
How much water does Newton County have? The Water and Sewerage Authority hopes to finally put this question to rest after an old report surfaced this week that appears to contradict claims made by water consultant and County Attorney Tommy Craig.
J.C. Henderson officially became the longest-serving commissioner in Newton County history.
The jugs are dark brown glass and inscribed with the name of the store. Called "growlers," the jugs come in half-gallon and gallon sizes and hold a customer's chosen craft beer from the selection offered at The Cork Boutique.