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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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Johnston, Sigman go on video to talk issues

The 2011 election for the next mayor of Covington comes at a pivotal time for the 13,000-person city, as a tumultuous city council increasingly splits votes, while City Manager Steve Horton, a source of stability, plans to retire within a year.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for choking daughter

A Covington man was arrested late Sunday night after officers witnessed the 49-year-old choking his juvenile daughter in their home.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Drunk couple makes accusations, get arrested

A couple was arrested Friday evening after allegedly getting drunk and arguing with another person on Washington Street.

September 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Locals, state discuss Hazelbrand median

The cries of business owners along Hazelbrand Road have been heard, and it's possible the Georgia Department of Transportation will adjust its plans for the concrete median on U.S. Highway 278.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Golfers join B.C. Crowell fundraiser for scholarships

Golfers from around the community gathered Friday at The Oaks Course for the second annual B.C Crowell Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. The tournament helped raise funds for the two $1,000 scholarships which are awarded to students from Eastside, Alcovy and/or Newton high schools.

September 18, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


City to evacuate unsafe apartments

The city continues to crackdown on unsanitary and unsafe housing, and some unlicensed apartments on Lunsford Circle in Covington are scheduled to be evacuated Thursday.

September 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City, Main Street rewarded for excellence in downtown development

The City of Covington and Covington Main Street is the winner of the Georgia Downtown Association's Award of Excellence in Downtown Development. The award is presented to one city each year showing the greatest improvement in overall downtown redevelopment.

September 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed on I-20

A Bishop man was killed early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle on Interstate 20 near exit 101.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Artful Harvest celebrated

Southern Heartland Arts' annual "Artful Harvest" event took place Thursday evening with judges awarding first, second and third place awards to a variety of artists and styles of art. Afterwards refreshments were served and people had a chance to mingle and check out the art. The art will be on display in the meeting room of the Newton County Library on Floyd Street through Sept. 29 and is free to view. Many pieces are also available for purchase.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Crime Briefs: Students drinking on bus

Three high school students were given citations after being caught with alcohol on the school bus Thursday afternoon.

September 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Sept. 16

Anthony M. George, violation of probation, 180 days Newton County Jail.

September 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NaDell running for Mansfield council seat

David NaDell wants to maintain the small, pleasant community in Mansfield, while improving the small things, such as roads and sidewalks. That's why he's running for the Post 4 council seat.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Legal forum to be held Saturday

The newly formed NewRock Legal Society is hosting a Know Your Rights Forum Saturday to educate the public on the most common legal issues, including bankruptcy, debtor's rights, divorce, child support, criminal prosecutions, estate planning and personal injury law.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


FaithWorks temporarily closed

Need in Newton County is greater than ever before, and after giving out $13,700 in aid in August, FaithWorks is temporarily closed.

September 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two school buses involved in morning wreck

Two Newton County School System school buses were involved in a collision at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15. The two buses (Bus 20-86, Veterans Route 6 and Bus 20-69, Veterans Route 7) were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School.

September 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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