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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


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Pridgett guilty on all counts

It took a Newton County jury just two-and-a-half hours to convict 20-year-old Jamaal Marquez Pridgett for the Oct. 7, 2008, murder of one man, and the aggravated assault of three others, Thursday afternoon.

The case, which began Tuesday morning in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton, centered around a dice game that turned deadly in a home on West Street. Pridgett claimed self-defense, saying he did shoot Glover, 18-year-old Martec "Pumpkin" Barkley, 30-year-old Tavorris "T-Rock" Shy and 23-year-old Sedarius "Ronte" Stephens, but he did so out of fear for his own life. The prosecution argued that the shooting ...

September 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett found guilty

Jamaall Pridgett has been found guilty on all counts in Newton County Superior Court. Sentencing will be held until Tuesday, Sept. 21.

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 16

Del Sumner, from the Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority, inspects a sample of water from a fire hydrant Thursday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 16, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Closing statements expected today in Pridgett murder trial

Closing arguments begin this morning in the murder trial of Jamaall PRidgett.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pridgett case back to trial

For the second time this year, a jury convened on Tuesday to hear the murder case against Jamaall Marquez Pridgett, the 20-year-old who is charged with opening fire during a dice game in October 2008. The prosecution claims Pridgett opened fire in cold blood, while the defense says Pridgett shot only to defend himself.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 15

Heritage High School, Rockdale County High School and Salem High School displayed their marching bands' halftime shows during a marching exhibition at Robert Reid Stadium Tuesday night.

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September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Kickboxing Covington kid set to represent U.S. in international competition

At 13, Micah Williams Jr. is a straight-A QUEST student at Veterans Memorial Middle School and a point guard on the basketball team. He lived several years in Italy where his father, who is in the military, was stationed. His family adores him and teachers praise his dedication and demeanor.

September 15, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Home sales up; foreclosure rate steady

The housing market continues to send mixed signals, but overall sales numbers are up in Newton County.

September 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 14

Micah Williams, Jr., a thirteen-year-old Veterans Memorial Middle School student, will travel to Belgrade, Serbia from September 19 - 26 to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships in martial arts. To see the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of The Covington News.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 14, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Social Circle Council meets tonight

Social Circle City Council members will get to meet some junior ambassadors in a called meeting at 6:30 tonight in the community room in city hall at 138 E. Hightower Road.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SAT scores decline in Newton County, state

SAT scores for high school students in Newton County and in Georgia showed a slight decline in 2010, according to data released today.

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 13

A sidewalk chalk art competition was one of the features at the annual Literacy Festival on the square Saturday morning.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Paul Davis provides tips for National Preparedness Month in September

Paul Davis Emergency Services of Newton County is participating in National Preparedness Month, sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events and natural disasters. Paul Davis offices respond to thousands of emergency calls throughout the U.S. - providing property owners and insurance professionals with specialized water and fire damage restoration solutions.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suburban disconnect threatens sense of community

Bradd Shore loves Covington because of weekends like this one. Community weekends. Connected weekends.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


A tighter leash on tethering laws

The county is set to crack down on the improper tethering of dogs, after the Board of Commissioners approved a more stringent animal control ordinance Tuesday night.

September 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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