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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


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


‘Love for Mom’ day held on the Square

As a way to promote downtown businesses and eateries, Main Street Covington is working with area shops and restaurants on "Love for Mom," Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


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Church in the Now land to be purchased

Springfield Baptist Church head Pastor Eric Lee confirmed that the 132-year-old church has "entered into an agreement" with the mortgage holder Evangelical Christian Credit Union to purchase the former Church in the Now property on Iris Drive.

March 26, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water pipe breaks in courthouse

A pipe broke Sunday at the Newton County Judicial Center, damaging portions of the first floor, including the juvenile, magistrate and probate courtrooms and offices.

March 26, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Alleged child molestation investigated

Detectives are looking into an accusation of child molestation reported early Friday morning.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton tries to woo Caterpillar suppliers

Caterpillar is moving quickly to build its $200 million manufacturing plant near Athens, breaking ground March 16, and Newton County is aggressively marketing itself to the company's suppliers.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Crowder sentenced to life plus 35 years

Darrell Antonio Crowder was sentenced to life plus 35 years Friday for the murder of his estranged wife. The sentence is more then what he originally pleaded to in 2009.

March 24, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt: Session nears its end for the year

During the second last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. We spent a lot of time in committee, and voted on 25 pieces of legislation on the House floor.

HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item we voted on. It proposes a number of cuts, as well as several increases. Among the tax cuts, the two largest are the phase out of the sales tax on energy used in manufacturing, and an elimination of the marriage penalty in the state income tax. The energy tax has seen ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to plan future of Salem Road

County officials view the Salem Road corridor as a commercial driver and future home to its own pseudo-city, and they've embarked on an in-depth planning process to clarify that vision.

March 24, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy visits Georgia capitol

March 22, was a special day for Piedmont Academy's football program including the players, coaching staff, managers, ball boys, and cheerleaders and for the school's One-Act Play cast and crew. Both teams were invited to the Georgia's state capitol by House of Representative Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Senator Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title "back-to-back" in football and drama. The football team completed an undefeated thirteen-game 2011 season with a streak of twenty-six games for 2010 and 2011. The ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The excitement of prom

Prom is a big deal for every teenager. Senior prom is an even bigger deal. When it's your senior prom, things are different.

This year will be my senior prom, and I couldn't be more excited. I have a date this year, which is pretty awesome. I wouldn't want to be going with anyone else either. He's been in my life for a long time now, and I can't think of any way to end our senior year together except celebrating with our friends at prom. Although getting through these past few months have been ...

March 24, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Rasmussen: For voters, tax reform means tax equality

There's a reason President Obama, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and many others are touting tax reform these days. On the campaign trail, it taps into deeply held beliefs about the way American society ought to work and the role of government.

Seventy-seven percent think it's important to replace the entire federal tax code with something simpler. Seventy-one percent favor a tax code with lower tax rates and very few deductions.

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


MasTer Landscape Supply

Mark A. Smith and Tim E. Reed first met at Mobile Oil, where they worked within the chemical division for 15 years. They didn't know each other very well, and neither realized they would be running a business together-years after they left the oil company.

Both men had worked in the landscaping field on the side, unbeknownst of each other. Coincidentally, after they left Mobile, they ran into each other while on separate contracting jobs.

March 24, 2012 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Kimble: Summer camps available for age 9 to 12th grade

"Dear Mom, Have you ever been to 4-H camp?" starts a letter from a fifth grade 4-H student.

She lists her reasons in the persuasive letter, but my favorite has to be this paragraph:

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Helicopter egg drop will be April 7

The Avenue Church will host an inaugural helicopter egg drop April 7 at the South Walton Recreaton Complex, Social Circle. Over 10,000 plastic Easter eggs will be dropped.

There will be three separate drops -- one for toddler-4 year olds, a second for 5-7 year olds and the third drop for 8-12 year olds. The hunts on each field will be staggered by 20 minutes. Once the eggs are on the field, children will be able to hunt for eggs in their designated age area. After all the eggs are found, the children can take them to an area to ...

March 24, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ewing accuses chair of breaking law

At Tuesday night's board meeting, county Commissioner Mort Ewing accused Chairman Kathy Morgan of breaking state law and violating board policy and the board's code of ethics while administering a recent road project, claims Morgan said Thursday she believed to be untrue.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Reservoir condemnation case settled

The longstanding land condemnation case between Newton County and Emmett Denby, the lone remaining resident to live on land planned for the future Bear Creek Reservoir, was decided this week in Superior Court when the county was ordered to pay Denby $800,000 for his property.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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