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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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Drunk flees with IV in his arm

Officers were called to the area of Newton Medical Center after an intoxicated patient reportedly fled the hospital with an IV in his arm.

October 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Eagles take flight

October 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


See poll results on Sigman, alcohol sales

The biggest news of the week was clearly Covington mayoral candidate Bobby Sigman being arrested for allegedly paying people to steal the campaign signs of his opponent, Ronnie Johnston. He has been charged with three misdemeanors to date.

October 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shot after pointing gun at deputies

Newton County deputies were involved in a shooting around 2:15 a.m. Saturday after being called to a residence on Melton Way, off Butler Bridge Road in the western part of the county.

October 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Host families needed now for

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League continues fundraising efforts

The Miracle League of Newton County continues raise funds and build awareness for the need for a Miracle Field, which would serve more than 2,500 children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authorities search for masked intruder

Investigators are looking for a masked intruder who reportedly broke into a woman's house and attacked her with a gun Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middle school student found with shank

A middle school boy was found with a shank on the bus Wednesday afternoon.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man charged after deadly ’10 wreck

A 20-year-old Newton County man has been charged with eight counts of vehicular homicide after a single car wreck in May 2010 claimed the life of two men who were passengers in his vehicle.

October 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Oct. 14

James Aikens, violation of probation, 180-240 days detention center suspended into six months work release if proof of viable employment is provided.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Jeffares named to state committee

Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-Locust Grove) has been named Chairman of the Senate State Institutions and Property Committee for the 2011-2012 Term by the Committee on Assignments. Jeffares replaces Sen. Earl "Buddy" Carter (R-Pooler), who was appointed Chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

October 14, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County to repair Alcovy River dam

In order to get water to flow into the county's pump station on the Alcovy River, the county had to build a 2-foot-high weir (or rock dam) in the river more than 20 years ago to raise the level of the river. The river bank was severely eroded during the 2009 flood, allowing water to flow around the weir instead of over it as intended.

October 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New crime-centric publication on shelves

October 13, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Death in I-20 wreck is Michael Dunn

Michael Dylan Dunn, 19, of Covington was the person killed in Tuesday afternoon's crash on Interstate 20.

October 12, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hazelbrand south at U.S. 278 to close

The intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Hazelbrand Road, on the southern side of U.S. 278, will close for 30 days as Pittman Construction continues its work on the $15 million widening of the U.S. 278, Ga. Highway 142 North intersection.

October 11, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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