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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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Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fashion show to raise money for local cancer patient

Two years ago, Cheryl East received news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast cancer. She's been fighting for her life ever since - a fight which hasn't been easy because of her rare blood type.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Victim fights off kidnapper, saves baby

The brave actions of a victim, police and shoppers outside the Hobby Lobby on Ga. Highway 138 helped fend off an armed kidnapper and potentially saved the lives of a Conyers woman and her grandchild Wednesday afternoon.

March 22, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Council votes to cut water, sewer fees in half

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cutting water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 22, 2012 | Jay Jones | LOCAL


I-20 east down to one lane at exit 88

Interstate 20 eastbound was down to one lane around exit 88, because the state's Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team was mapping the fatal crash scene from a pedestrian fatality, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said in an email.

March 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guilty verdict in '09 death

Roland L. Wilson was found guilty in the 2009 murder of 21-year-old William Okafor, who died as a result of injuries sustained from being struck in the head with a brick following an argument outside his home.

March 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Convicted murder's brother arrested

Police arrested Jamarcus Pridgett, the younger brother of convicted murderer Jamaal Pridgett, late Friday morning, after he reportedly tied up and assaulted his girlfriend.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A vehicle stop for a busted tail light turned into an arrest on drug charges early Sunday morning on Alcovy Road.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local teen competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Faith Eller of Covington will participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. Teen Atlanta pageant Saturday. Eller submitted an application and took part in an interview session conducted by this year's Atlanta Pageant Coordinator.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


March is a busy time for trials

The end of March is a busy time for the Newton County Judicial Center, with several trials, including those for murder, coming before the Superior Court judges.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSS under fire after false bomb threat

Rocky Plains Elementary School may have been cleared after a prank call warned the school of a bomb in the building, but the Newton County School System is under fire from several parents who are furious they had to learn of the threat through Facebook.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices rise more than three cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 per gallon Sunday. Across the country, the average price rose 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two men steal woman’s wallet after helping her

Police are searching for two men who reportedly stole a woman's wallet outside Aldi under the pretense of helping her unload her groceries.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local churches to join in prayer conference

Several Newton County churches are participating in a prayer conference Friday and Saturday designed to unite the local faith community in praying for spiritual awakening.

March 20, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rocky Plains bomb threat is false alarm

Rocky Plains Elementary School has been declared all clear after a caller reported a bomb threat around 11:30 a.m., according to school spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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