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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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Top state court overturns charter school law

ATLANTA - A Georgia law that cleared the way for a surge in new charter schools was struck down by the state's top court in a high-profile decision that will affect thousands of students and could reshape how the state's public school system is funded.

May 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Temporary jobs available

Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Agriculture Celebration

Down on the farm: The Square in Downtown Covington was covered with antique tractors and other old farm equipment Saturday afternoon when the Agriculture Celebration rolled into town. Dozens of vendors also showed up to show off their wares. The event was presented by the Center for Community Preservation and The Newton County Farm Bureau. Local elected officials also took their annual tour of three local farms.

May 15, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - May 15

Packing snacks and drinks for when you're on the go is frugal and fabulous, but rethink that bottled water. Bottled water is not only expensive, it's not environmentally friendly and its quality is largely unregulated.

May 15, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


JAKES Day at Charlie Elliott

The threat of rain didn't stop the 15th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day from continuing at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Saturday.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Antique tractors on square Saturday

Antique farm equipment will be showcased at an Agricultural Celebration on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Covington.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale performers stage ‘Wizard of Oz’

Porterdale Elementary School students will be putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 6 p.m. Saturday Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. The performance will be held at the Newton High School auditorium. Concessions will be available.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Celebrate great outdoors today at JAKES

Lessons on the outdoors are combined with play at the annual JAKES Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.

May 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Caterpillar outbreak threatens Georgia oaks

ATHENS - University of Georgia researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that pose a threat to the health of oak trees in the state.

May 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


McDowell returns to Braves after suspension

ATLANTA - His eyes red and voice wavering, Roger McDowell returned as the Braves' pitching coach Friday and apologized for his crude conduct that led to a suspension. He spent a "very humbling" two weeks away from the game and promised there will be no repeat of such actions.

May 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal signs immigration bill

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, calling it "a rather historic moment," on Friday signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.

"While I believe immigration is an issue that can ideally be identified and addressed - and should be addressed- at the federal level, this legislation I believe is a responsible step forward in the absence of federal action," Deal told reporters who crowded elbow-to-elbow into his office for the signing.

May 13, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Bringing Special Olympics to Newton County

Newton County's special athletes are losing an advocate and a friend to retirement, Pam Dew.

May 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eastside baseball coach steps down

After taking the Eagles to the second round of the Class AAA baseball playoffs the past three years, Eastside head coach Michael Poor is stepping aside.

May 13, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Spring concert

Newton's finest players: T.K. Adams conducted the Newton County Honor Band during the concert Thursday on the square. Made up of students from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy High schools, the honor band was conducted by all three schools' band directors as well as Adams.

May 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Mills wins corporate division Cheerios Challenge

General Mills was the winner in the Covington Family YMCA's Corporate Cup division of the 2011 Cheerios Challenge.

May 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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