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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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911 center to add dispatchers

The 911 center will get its four requested dispatchers by the end of fiscal year 2012.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Turner Lake to shut most Saturdays

Turner Lake Complex will be closed 39 Saturdays next year, and financial aid may no longer be available for youth sports as the Newton County Recreation Commission tries to make ends meet.

June 28, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Six arrested in immigration protest

ATLANTA - Six young illegal immigrants were arrested after they sat down in an intersection next to the Georgia Capitol blocking traffic to protest state policies targeting illegal immigration.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Paralyzed vet's family to leave Ga. home

EVANS - Relatives of a paralyzed war veteran said Monday the family plans to leave their suburban Augusta neighborhood after a home owners' association objected to their new home plans because the house wasn't large enough.

June 28, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County legal costs down; see breakdown

Newton County is cutting back everywhere, including spending $300,000 less in legal costs this year to date.

June 27, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Judge blocks part of Ga. immigration law

ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday blocked parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Car tag design up for vote

The design for Georgia's next car tag is up for a vote.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


New laws coming July 1

The start of the month marks the enactment date for a slew of new state laws in Georgia. Here's an update:Among the laws set to take effect July 1:

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Odds are good for rain for Tuesday

There's a 50-50 chance for rain after 2 p.m. today in Newton County, with the National Weather Service saying we could receive a quarter-to-half-inch of precipitation this afternoon.

June 27, 2011 | | LOCAL


Body of drown victim found in Lanier

BUFORD - The body of a 33-year-old swimmer missing in Lake Lanier has been found.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Woodstock man dies in kiddie pool

WOODSTOCK - Police are investigating how a man died in a plastic kiddie pool outside a Woodstock home.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Atlanta Foster mom wins $300,000

ATLANTA - A longtime foster mother has won $300,000 from the Georgia Lottery.

June 27, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tip of the Week - June 26

Take advantage of low cost fresh fruits and vegetables by freezing and canning now. Strawberries, peaches, and onions are all at their lowest price point, so you can store these for the coming fall and winter months when prices will increase. Be sure to follow proper guidlines for canning and freezing so you'll have high quality, safe foods to eat this winter. For more frugal living tips, visit www.OneFabulousMama.com.

June 26, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Celebrating Freedom

Newton County Events

June 26, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Carter to shape policy for Georgia cities

Covington Mayor Kim Carter will have a major role in shaping public policy for Georgia's cities, after being named to the board of directors for the Georgia Municipal Association.

June 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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