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.
Residents have lots of zoning questions, even if they don't always realize it.
DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County officials say a 10-year-old boy died after being hit by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier.
ORLANDO - A judge has sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in prison for lying to investigators but says she can go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.
ATLANTA - Atlanta police say a pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle near a MARTA rail station.
LAWRENCEVILLE - Owners of a hot air balloon reported stolen in Gwinnett County say the aircraft has been found in the northeast Georgia town of Winder.
A Superior Court judge ruled today that the transfer of Mt. Zion and all property associated with the Oxford church to a third party was unlawful.
ATLANTA - The Music Midtown festival is returning to Atlanta with Coldplay set to headline, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday.
Covington police report that a man shot himself this afternoon after allegedly robbing Chip's Health Mart at Pace Street.
The Newton County School System has released standardized test scores for its middle and elementary schools.
The National Weather Service has issued a Significant Weather Advisory for frequent lightning and heavy rain in portions of Newton and Rockdale counties.
A Covington woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with a June 25 fight caught on video in which a 52-year-old Conyers woman was sliced on the face and abdomen and stabbed, according to Conyers Police Lt. Jackie Dunn.
CANTON - The North Georgia Health District says six children and five adults are undergoing rabies treatments after being exposed to an unvaccinated rabid dog in Cherokee County.
CUMMING - The chairman of Georgia's state Senate Banking Committee has avoided losing commercial property in Cumming to foreclosure.
For Ansley and Reba Ogletree, the Salem Campmeeting has been a tradition in their family since 1828.
Covington City Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 27.