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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


‘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


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Lt. Mitchell up for Morrow police chief

Newton County Sheriff's Office 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell is among the top three finalists for the chief of police position in Morrow.

March 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dog saves local woman’s son from fire

Traditionally, we believe angels watch over us. This thought was in my heart and on my lips when my son Grier Trevor Godfrey and his dog Max walked unharmed from a blazing fire in the home owned by the Partridge-Godfrey families for over 30 years.

March 01, 2012 | By Minster Elizabeth Partridge-Godfrey | LOCAL


Local AARP members speak out at Capitol

AARP members from Social Circle and Covington traveled the Georgia's Capitol Wednesday to speak up about state's upcoming bills.

March 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire evacuates Church in the Now

A kitchen appliance fire set off alarms and cancelled Wednesday night services at the Church in the Now on Iris Drive.

March 01, 2012 | | LOCAL


Juveniles arrested for gunpoint robbery

A 15-year-old was robbed at gunpoint late Sunday morning while leaving a store near Morningside Drive.

February 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bolton named volunteer of the year

Doug Bolton received a new heart Monday evening, a fitting gift for a man who recently survived a heart attack.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after assaulting daughter

A man was arrested Wednesday night after reportedly assaulting his daughter during an argument.

February 29, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


EHS to present "Little Shop of Horrors"

Eastside High School's drama department will present their spring production "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7 p.m. March 1 and 3, and 2:30 p.m. March 4, in the school's auditorium. Tickets will cost $3 for teachers, $5 for students and $7 for adults.

February 29, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Gingrich stops in Covington today

Newt Gingrich is believed to be the first presidential candidate to ever come through Newton County, but those who want to see him speak today are advised to arrive early.

February 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cinderella visits Covington

Two Cinderellas and their Fairy Godmother were in Covington Tuesday, helping hospital volunteers raise $706 to go toward the purchase of new equipment for Newton Medical Center's emergency room.

February 29, 2012 | By Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newborn to pass paraphernalia ban

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 29, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Get Outdoors Program is where frugal meets family fun

The Get Outdoors (GO) Program is where frugal meets family fun for Georgians. Our state boasts some of the most beautiful spaces in the country and accessing those spaces has become even easier with the GO Program. GO encourages families to get outdoors, get dirty, and get fit. With a state park within 50 miles of every state resident, your family could be living it up at a different state park every weekend for months.

February 29, 2012 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Health Scores - Feb. 29

o American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.

February 29, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gingrich targeting 'Super Tuesday' states

DALTON, Ga. (AP) - Plotting a comeback, Newt Gingrich looked beyond Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona to the Southern voters he hopes will rejuvenate his struggling campaign once more, including in his home state.

February 28, 2012 | KEN THOMAS, Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga. teachers to lose pay for test cheating

ATLANTA (AP) - Teachers who cheat on standardized tests in Georgia would forfeit any bonuses they earn for student scores under a bill approved by House lawmakers.

February 28, 2012 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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