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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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Covington man wins lotto scratch off

The Happy Meal has gotten even happier for one Covington man. Christopher Hamilton, 26, won $52,000 when he scratched a Georgia Lottery instant ticket at a McDonald's drive-thru.

January 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


Hospital CEO wins R.O. Arnold Award

Newton Medical Center CEO Jim Weadick was honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at Thursday's night chamber annual meeting for his lifetime of community service to Newton County.

January 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


History engulfed

The 112-year-old Monticello Street home that caught fire Wednesday afternoon may be a total loss, according to Covington Fire Captain Tony Smith.

January 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested after accidental shooting

A night out with friends turned ugly after a fight between two women turned into a fight between their boyfriends as well and ended in one man getting shot in the head.

January 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt introduces bill in Mansfield power line fight

Mansfield residents continue to fight efforts by Georgia Transmission Corporation to place new power lines through the small city's limits, including exploring legal redress and a state law change.

January 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn to change charter

After no one ran for Newborn's Post 2 council seat in the November election, the Town Council is working to change the charter so they can appoint someone to the seat.

January 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AC theft steady, copper prices decline

Le Anne Long has a problem, one that's fairly common nationwide. She's had to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a stolen air conditioning unit in a vacant home that she's in charge of. The problem is widespread, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing with the stabilization of the local housing market. Police are trying, but they're stumped as well, as to how to fix a problem that has become an epidemic.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend free time with your family

Nowadays, frugality isn't a life choice for most of us. It's a necessity born out of hard times and too little money. The first thing to go for most families is a recreational budget - money you used to have for movies, sports and hobbies is suddenly needed in more important areas like food and shelter. Although, you might be accustomed to thinking you have to spend money to spend time together and/or to be entertained, you'd be amazed by the bevy of free family activities available right in our own community. Let's start with these ...

January 11, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Man, juvenile fire 9mm inside

A 25-year-old man and a juvenile female were arrested early Sunday when officers reported to a home on Morris Drive after neighbors complained of gunshots fired inside the home.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log

Darryl Joseph Woodberry, 26, Decatur, Dec. 16. Theft by taking.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


"Mission 4" delivers

"Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol" starring Tom Cruise as spy Ethan Hunt is the fourth installment to the movie series based on the television series that ran from 1966 to 1977. Directed by Brad Bird, who also directed "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille," the movie was released Dec. 16 and was number one at the box office for four weeks, just recently losing to "The Devil Inside."

January 11, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn happy with Dollar General

Dollar stores and the opening of ever more dollar stores are becoming ubiquitous, but residents in Newborn are quite happy with their new Dollar General, which is the town's only pure retail store.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rep. Holt to seek fifth term

State Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) announced Thursday that he will seek reelection for a fifth time.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


New mayor gives vision for Covington

Mayor Ronnie Johnston laid out his first initiatives for the city of Covington at Thursday's Kiwanis meeting and focused on ending the divisiveness that exists in the city and helping residents improve their lives.

January 08, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Arts Association to host Clovers & Company

The nationally acclaimed Georgia 4-H Performing Arts Group Clovers & Co. will entertain at Porter Hall at Newton High School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 talented singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stagehands from across the state of Georgia, ranging in age from 11 to 18. Clovers & Co. performs on behalf of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension's youth program 4-H.

January 08, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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