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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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Youth has pink cast to honor bus driver

Lawson Beshear was out riding go-karts with a friend when the cart turned over and he broke his arm. After much consideration, Beshear chose pink, over all other colors, for his cast.

February 26, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Grand night had by all at the Monte Carlo for the Arts event

The Queen of Arts Monte Carlo for the Arts event was an exhilarating evening in that so many people attended to support The Southern Heartland Arts Inc. and its efforts in "supporting the visual arts and continuing their Community outreach programs and partnerships with other organizations." United Bank and Air Conditioning Specialists, Inc. were major contributors to this event along with several other "supporters and lovers of the arts."

February 26, 2012 | By Christy Lassiter | LOCAL


Couple cultivate roots of local agriculture

It all started with agriculture.

February 26, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Marine killed in accident had Newton ties

For a man who was scared to death of heights, Corey Little chose an odd career path of joining a helicopter crew in the U.S. Marine Corps.

February 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mother falls asleep, lets sons wander again

A 21-year-old mother was arrested and her two small children taken from her, after the kids were found wandering around their neighborhood for the third time in a month while their mother slept.

February 26, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newborn to ban drug paraphernalia

The town of Newborn is following Porterdale's lead in seeking to ban the sale of drug paraphernalia, and the town council is expected to approve the final reading of an ordinance at its March 5 meeting.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Low-interest rates saving govts money

Interest rates continue to drop, falling to some of their lowest levels in 40 years experts say, and local entities and governments are taking advantage of the market by refinancing bonds.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO, juvenile court to help troubled

Newton County's Juvenile Court and Sheriff's Office continued to pursue programs to help troubled youth and adults turn their lives around this week.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart hired 314 employees

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Road has hired 314 associates and is planning to have its grand opening from 7 to 8 a.m. March 14.

February 25, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The first black co-homecoming queen

Sarah Cook smiles as she looked through her old 1973 yearbook. She turned through the pages and stopped at a homecoming court spread that showed her and five other girls.

February 25, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Holt: Heading down the stretch

The House of Representatives honored the members of all branches of the Georgia National Guard last Wednesday. We wanted to make it clear how much their service is appreciated, especially in the challenges and sacrifices of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Those who fell in these conflicts were specifically remembered and honored, along with their families. Many of those family members were present, to include Vernorida Fuller and Quintez Harris, the wife and son of Staff Sergeant Carl Fuller of Covington.

February 25, 2012 | By Doug Holt | LOCAL


Last week for early voting for primary

This is the last week for to vote early for Georgia's March 6 presidential primary, which could play a part in deciding which Republican contender will face incumbent President Barack Obama in November.

February 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tornado watch for Newton until 4 p.m.

Covington and much of Georgia have been placed on a tornado watch until 4 p.m. Friday - http://wxch.nl/wK1Cy0

February 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illinois man arrested for sexual exploitation

An Illinois man has been arrested and extradited to Newton County on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distributing obscene materials.

February 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies for the troops

On Feb. 21, Virginia Pearson, co-founder of Operation Sandbox, donated over 800 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq along with those serving on the home front as well. The Girl Scout cookies were donated by Charlotte McGuley who is currently working on her gold star award through the Girl Scout program.

February 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


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