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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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New civic organization, “2 Cups of Kindness,” to hold first meeting

Newton County resident Dorothy Frazier-Piedrahita will be hosting an informational meeting for her new civic group, "2 Cups of Kindness," at the Porter Memorial Branch Library on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Oxford native recounts D-Day

John Wood Burson landed on Omaha Beach before dawn on June 7, 1944 under barrage balloons to protect from strafing German aircraft as a nearby landing vessel exploded.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Blind man, drunk woman get in fight

A blind man and his reportedly intoxicated wife were both arrested early Sunday morning after one person ended up wet and the other ended up stabbed.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Kiwanis gathering toiletries for Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes

Circle K Georgia, Kiwanis International's college arm, held its fall membership retreat Nov. 5 at the FFA-FCCLA Center.

Around 45 Circle K members attended the retreat, which provides an opportunity for the Circle K leadership to reach out to new members. The members participate in workshops and other activities. Circle K blends community service and leadership training, and, as with all Kiwanis organizations, aims to serve the children of the world.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Santa Claus visits Kiwanis Thursday

Wayne Chase, one of Coca-Cola's Santas, visited the Kiwanis Club of Covington Thursday to bring holiday cheer to all.

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November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Nov. 11

Alechia Mitchell, violation of probation, 305-365 days in detention center, credit for time served.

November 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two death penalty cases in February

Two accused murderers will have their death penalty cases heard in Newton County Superior Court February.

November 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NAACP to host gala

The Newton County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host its Annual Freedom Fund and Scholarship Gala at 6 p.m., Saturday at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Local veterans share stories at GPC

Residents and veterans who lived through the World War II-era, part of a generation rapidly fading away, relived their part in history on home front and battle theaters for a group of students and community members Wednesday.

November 11, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


$2,500 in weaves stolen

Officers from the Covington Police Department are looking for those responsible for a burglary off the square. But unlike traditional burglaries, the thief didn't break into the store. They broke out of it.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Woman hit while taking back items

A fight over a bag full of personal items led to an arrest Saturday afternoon after one woman hit the other in the face in front of deputies.

November 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Ramseys donate to Arts Association

Sam and Becky Ramsey and Ramsey Furniture Co. made a $2,500 donation to the Arts Association at the "Splittin' the Raft" performance on Oct. 7. The play, performed by Kennesaw State University, under the direction of Harrison Long, integrated the speeches of Frederick Douglass with Mark Twain's "Huck Finn." In addition to the public performance, the play was presented to high school American literature and drama students in the morning with a workshop for drama students that afternoon. Other sponsors to the event included Michelin Tread Technologies and Springfield Baptist Church.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington Y presents “Get Off the Couch Week”

Do you want to avoid the Holiday Slump? The Covington YMCA will be hosting "Get Off the Couch Week" Nov. 12-19 to help you get active and stay active. All group exercise classes will be offering new music and new moves to help keep your workout fresh. Prizes will be awarded to members for attendance and bringing friends to join the fun!

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NAACP wins awards

The Newton County NAACP chapter won two awards at the annual state conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, at the Marriott in Atlanta.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Banks aid elderly with crime prevention

For the second year in a row, Newton Federal Bank has joined with the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, the Independent Community Bankers of America and the American Bankers Association to ensure that 40,000 veterans living in 160 state veteran nursing homes in the U.S. are able to live out their lives in safe, secure, enhanced quality of life environments free from the daily fear of crime, abuse, neglect, hostility and deprivation of personal freedom, as provided through the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation's Senior Crimestoppers program.

November 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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