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.
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.
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.
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.
Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.
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.
Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nonprofit corporations and foreign companies that paid annual registration fees between August 12, 2010 and April 13, 2011 may have been overcharge and eligible for a partial refund.
Newton County will be featured by the Orton Family Foundation as an example of a community with a strong stewardship program.
A Covington police officer responded to a call from an anonymous citizen who observed an intoxicated man getting into the cab of his white F-150 truck in the parking lot of the Depot Bar and Grill.
I'm feeling a little like the ghost of Christmas future - I'm 12 hours ahead of you!
Actually, I'm writing this from the Chicago airport as we await the next leg of the trip, but by Sunday I'll be adjusting to the land down under.
A Newton County deputy was called to Flint Hill Elementary School after a school administrator was informed that a student was in possession of a knife.
A grin comes to Martha McLendon's aged face as three of her great-granddaughters run to her chair. The smallest crawls up in her lap and the other two shower her with kisses and hugs.
The Covington Career Center will see more traffic this summer after the state decided to consolidate operations and close the nearby Monroe Career Center June 30, along with six other centers across the state.
Covington police responded to a report of a fight at the ball fields of the Turner Lake Complex.
Brandon Wiggins pleaded guilty to molesting his two stepsisters, one was consensual, and the other was by force. Donald Waite was found guilty of the ongoing molestation of a 3-year-old child. And a former college professor pleaded guilty to obscene Internet contact.
Henry Eugene Glover Smith was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with the molestation of his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter.
County Commissioner J.C. Henderson is regularly serving jail time because of his son's failure to report for mandatory juvenile court programs, a sentence which Henderson feels is unfair to him as a parent.
Officials with the Miracle League of Newton County unveiled a new design recently that will not only reduce costs but is also expected to make the facility a more attractive venue for large community events.
More than 500 local youth and young adults will participate in the Newton County Special Olympics.
In Newton County, the athletes train and compete in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, bowling, roller skating, horseback riding, power lifting, golf, field and track, developmental sports and wheelchair activities.
Covington police arrested three men for loitering and prowling in front on an empty house for sale.
When the officer approached the car, he noticed that the inside of the Nissan Maxima was smoky and smelled of marijuana.
A man was hit in the head with a pipe after confronting a mechanic who was cussing at his girlfriend.