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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


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


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Gingrich takes Newton with 59 percent

Newt Gingrich took Newton County Tuesday with overwhelming support, capturing 59.4 percent of the vote on his way to winning Georgia's primary with 48 percent of the vote.

March 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DOT worker in bucket truck fall airlifted

A DOT worker was airlifted to Grady after falling from a bucket truck that was struck by a tractor trailer around 11 a.m.

March 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen arrested for bestiality

A Lithonia teen was arrested Saturday afternoon after neighbors reported seeing him having sex with dogs.

March 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Salman Rushdie in Oxford tonight

Internationally-acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie will appear on the campus of Oxford College at 7 p.m. in the Oxford chapel. He will participate in a literary conversation on literature and the arts with Lucas Carpenter, PhD, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English at Oxford College and Christine Loflin, PhD, Oxford associate professor of English. A reception will follow immediately after in the Oxford College Library, where Rushdie will sign copies of his books, which will be on sale by the Oxford College Bookstore.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Afternoon fight ends in arrests

Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an argument turned physical on Green Street.

March 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mattie’s Call – what is it?

Although the last person a Mattie's Call was issued for in Newton County was found safe, some aren't so lucky. So what exactly is the Mattie's Call and what does it mean for the citizens of Newton County.

March 04, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A Seuss extravaganza

Friday, Mar. 2, would have been Theodor Seuss Geisel's (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) 108th birthday. In his memory, the Newton County Library held their annual reading of his most popular books in their meeting room.

March 04, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Storage fire proves challenging

Matt Bruno's head hung from exhaustion Thursday night as he walked back from the blaze for another air bottle and brief respite.

March 04, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


$190,000 in General Mills grants

The General Mills Covington Community Action Council awarded more than $190,000 in grant money Friday to community organizations from Newton, Walton and Rockdale counties.

March 04, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Couple cultivates roots of local agriculture

It all started with agriculture.

March 04, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Get free compost from Cottonwood Farm

Cottonwood Farm is offering free composted horse manure to anyone who wants to benefit his garden.

March 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wife stabs husband over message

A Newton County woman was arrested Thursday evening after allegedly stabbing her husband because he deleted a message on his phone.

March 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton, Rockdale until 5 a.m.

A tornado watch for 67 counties across north and northwestern Georgia has been issued by the National Weather Servcie at Peachtree City until 5 a.m. Saturday, including Rockdale and Newton.

March 02, 2012 | | LOCAL


General Mills awards local grants

The General Mills Covington Community Action Council awarded more than $190,000 in grant money Friday to community organizations from Newton, Walton and Rockdale Counties.

March 02, 2012 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Metal fabricator to locate in Newton Co.

Virginia-based StampTech, a sheet metal fabricator, will locate in Newton County.

March 02, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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