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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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Man arrested for cocaine possession

A man still facing charges of bestiality in Newton County was arrested Saturday afternoon of charges of cocaine possession.

December 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO holding annual bike ride to benefit needy children

It's time once again for the annual Newton County Sheriff's Office toy run bike ride.

December 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man robbed, shot

Authorities from the Newton County Sheriff's Office are searching for the two men who allegedly robbed and shot a homeless man on Usher Lane, off Bethany Road, early Friday morning.

December 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Talk redistricting maps on Tuesday

The public will get its first chance to comment on two proposed county redistricting maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Historic Courthouse.

December 04, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Clements Middle School, Community band to hold concerts

Clements Middle School holds winter concert Tues.

December 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday package sales delayed

Sunday package sales of alcohol will have to wait a little longer in Covington due to a paperwork error.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library cutting employees, hours

The Newton County Library System is going to cut 30 percent of its staff by the end of calendar year 2011, a move that will save the system $200,000 during the remainder of fiscal year 2012.

December 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Numerous fundraisers to benefit Miracle League this month

The Miracle League of Newton County is currently working on several events to benefit the program this Christmas.

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two Newton students finalists for Georgia Piedmont student of year

Two Newton County students at Georgia Piedmont Technical College were among 10 students selected as semi-finalists for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teen cited for drinking after leaving party

A Newton County teen was cited after authorities reportedly found him drunk on Oakwood Lane Monday night.

December 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court sentencings

Tabitha Winders, battery, 12 months probation, $500. Stay away order.

December 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSO hosting free driver’s ed. course

On Thursday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Newton County Sheriff's Office will be hosting P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) at Alcovy High School in Covington from 6-8 p.m. P.R.I.D.E. is a free two hour course that educates parents and their teen drivers about TADRA (Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act), Joshua's Law, and Driver's Education in Georgia. The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. classes will complement driver education programs by:

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Home catches fire Wednesday

The home at 95 Riverbrooke Trail was destroyed Wednesday afternoon when a fire broke out in the back porch area of the home. According to Newton County Fire Chief Mike Satterfield, when firefighters arrived at the home flames were shooting through the roof. The family, two adults and four children, was not injured, but they were displaced and most of their belongings were lost in the blaze.

December 01, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gunman sought in Subway robbery

Authorities are searching for the man who robbed a Subway at gunpoint Monday night.

December 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Emory St. CSX crossing to close Thurs.

CSX has changed its railroad crossing closure schedule.

November 30, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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