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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


Porterdale City Hall making termite repairs

There's nothing a termite likes more than a damp, dark place rich.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Extent of chemical contamination at SRG Global plant unknown

The Board of Commissioners is preparing to vote on whether to allow SRG Global to carry out testing around its Covington plant to determine the extent of chemical contamination after a 2013 test revealed trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton legal fees spiral out of control

A new proposal to cap county attorney fees at $800,000 could help bring the county's legal spending within the upper range of other Georgia counties, but it would also be a significant budget increase at a time of severe financial constraints and is already facing pushback from critics.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Concerts in the square return in May

The strains of '80s and '90s classic rock will be heard over lunch in downtown Covington beginning Thursday, May 7, with the launch of the 25th season of Concerts on the Square.

May 03, 2015 | | LOCAL


Judge Johnson serves as President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr., Alcovy Judicial Circuit, Covington, became President-Elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges on Friday, and his term will run through April 30, 2016.

May 03, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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Vampires keep bringing in tourists, money

Nicole Tilston stood patiently watching the activity in the parking lot of Sharp Learning Center Tuesday morning. Clutching her autograph book and permanent marker close to her chest, she stared in awe from across the street as the actors entered and exited trailers of the makeshift production headquarters for "The Vampire Diaries."

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart opens doors today

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Roads will open for business around 8 a.m. today, following an official grand opening ceremony at 7 a.m.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sci-fi trilogy causing a commotion

Every so often, a story comes along to capture a greater audience than it was intended to. The trials and tribulations of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind.

March 14, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 14

Rasheem Vincent Agostino, 38, Riverdale, March 2. Stop signs and yield signs, driving while license suspended or revoked first offense.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for beating cancer survivor

A Covington man was arrested early Friday morning after beating his girlfriend, who is currently recovering from breast cancer surgery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two caught smoking weed in graveyard

An Eastside High School student and a Dollar General employee were arrested Monday evening after being caught smoking marijuana in the city cemetery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wife hits husband in face with club

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Saturday night after allegedly hitting her husband in the face with a wooden club at their Sterling Lakes home.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metro area gas prices hold steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State troopers receive T. Moose donations

The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hail and wind advisory until 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a special weather advisory warning of possible dime-sized hail and strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour moving through the area until about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Son hits dad in head with candlestick

A fight between father and son ended in bloodshed Wednesday evening after the son allegedly hit his father in the head with a candlestick.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to buy vehicles with '11 SPLOST

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved spending $77,736 in 2011 SPLOST funds to purchase four vehicles.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents invited to celebrate county

Residents want to have convenient access to work, school and shopping. They want to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. They want to be healthy and live in a scenic place, and many of them want to be connected to the place they live. They want a high quality of life.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed bill could free up jail space

The Georgia legislature is considering a bill that aims to reduce the number of inmates and save the state and local governments money by using some alternative punishments.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton 4-H'ers take project honors

As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.

March 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


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