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Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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Update on 2012 death penalty cases

The death penalty case of Rodney Renia Young is still scheduled for next month, but Pablo Fernando Maldonado's case has been postponed until the spring.

January 18, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Child homelessness on the rise locally

More than 45,000 children in Georgia were homeless at some point during 2010, several hundred of whom were in Newton County, according to national and local homeless advocates.

January 18, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Hospital ER visits up 6.7% in 2011

Emergency room visits continued to mount in 2011, as Newton Medical Center saw 3,000, or 6.7 percent, more visits than in 2010.

January 18, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Teen murder suspect granted bond

The youngest of a group charged in the September beating death of 59-year-old Fred Layne Beeler has been granted a bond, although he has yet to post the amount needed to earn him freedom from the Newton County Jail.

January 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New airport terminal to be conf. center

While the previously proposed downtown civic center sits in limbo, officials are wondering if a new airport terminal building could be the city's premier conference center.

January 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


CEO Weadick improved, grew hospital

When Jim Weadick speaks, his words are chosen with the precision of a lawyer and his eyes have the attentiveness of an administrator, but his spontaneous and boisterous laugh is one of his most defining characteristics.

January 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ted Wynne named outstanding agent

The Georgia Cattlemen's Association honored Ted Wynne at the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting with the Outstanding County Agent of the Year award.

January 15, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Police arrest man in hotel beating

A 35-year-old Newton County man remains in jail after being charged with beating his girlfriend and keeping her from calling 911 for help early Wednesday morning.

January 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington man wins lotto scratch off

The Happy Meal has gotten even happier for one Covington man. Christopher Hamilton, 26, won $52,000 when he scratched a Georgia Lottery instant ticket at a McDonald's drive-thru.

January 13, 2012 | | LOCAL


Hospital CEO wins R.O. Arnold Award

Newton Medical Center CEO Jim Weadick was honored with the R.O. Arnold Award at Thursday's night chamber annual meeting for his lifetime of community service to Newton County.

January 13, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


History engulfed

The 112-year-old Monticello Street home that caught fire Wednesday afternoon may be a total loss, according to Covington Fire Captain Tony Smith.

January 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested after accidental shooting

A night out with friends turned ugly after a fight between two women turned into a fight between their boyfriends as well and ended in one man getting shot in the head.

January 13, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holt introduces bill in Mansfield power line fight

Mansfield residents continue to fight efforts by Georgia Transmission Corporation to place new power lines through the small city's limits, including exploring legal redress and a state law change.

January 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn to change charter

After no one ran for Newborn's Post 2 council seat in the November election, the Town Council is working to change the charter so they can appoint someone to the seat.

January 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AC theft steady, copper prices decline

Le Anne Long has a problem, one that's fairly common nationwide. She's had to shell out thousands of dollars to replace a stolen air conditioning unit in a vacant home that she's in charge of. The problem is widespread, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing with the stabilization of the local housing market. Police are trying, but they're stumped as well, as to how to fix a problem that has become an epidemic.

January 11, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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