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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


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


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Man arrested in 2010 Kay Jewelry robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Arrest made in '10 armed robbery

Detectives have arrested one man and charged him with the 2010 armed robbery of Kay Jewelry.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local officials work on redistricting

Update, Oct. 5, 11:05 a.m.: Chairman Kathy Morgan said local elected officials looked at the map created by the redistricting office and used it as a beginning point for a new map.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Voices from the Past cemetery tour

The third annual Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour will be held at the Oxford Historic Cemetery on Oct. 13. The cemetery is located on Highway 81 just north of Oxford. The tour entrance will be on the corner of Asbury and Collingwood streets. There will be two sessions, one at 5 p.m. and one at 6:45 p.m. Guests should arrive 10 minutes prior to the appointed time to be in place for the start of the tour. People booked on the later tour might want to bring a flashlight.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Practice before play for 4-H brothers

"My dad says, 'practice, and then you can play,'" said third grader Luke Wallace.

October 05, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


The Mural Man

Andrew Sabori painted murals of rock-n-roll artists Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison when they were still up-and-comers playing in The Fillmore in San Francisco. His art has hung in The Apollo Theater and The Julliard School. He spent years gracing the walls of Las Vegas casinos with his painted scenery.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two industries coming to county

Newton County's manufacturing base continues to buoy the local job market, as four existing industries and two new industries are expected to hire workers.

October 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Annual Mutt show to be held Oct. 8

Newton County pups will be strutting their stuff this Saturday at the annual Mutt Show on the square.

October 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Spend the night at Gaither Plantation

Looking for some spooky fun this Halloween? East Georgia Paranormal is offering tours of one of the most haunted locations in Newton County - Gaither Plantation.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Yo Gabba Gabba stars are coming to the Mall at Stonecrest

Just in time for the 10th Anniversary of the Mall at Stonecrest, the cast of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" make an exclusive appearance direct from the hit Nick Jr. show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Meet Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee on Saturday, Oct. 22, beginning at noon. Bring the kids, bring the camera and meet the stars of "Yo Gabba Gabba!" up close and personal like never before.

October 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


3 represent Georgia horse competition

If 4-H'ers are challenged to start a revolution of responsibility, three Newton 4-H'ers are leading the revolution on studying hard and working as a team.

October 03, 2011 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


County, school to talk local redistricting

Now that the state and federal districts have been redrawn, local redistricting is beginning in earnest.

October 02, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested after fighting niece

A family fight in front of his 94-year-old mother led to the arrest of 58-year-old Willie Rogers Pitts Thursday night.

October 02, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tiger in a Tiara

Kate Palo was crowned Homecoming Queen of Alcovy High School Friday night when the Tigers beat Ola High School.

October 02, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Deputy ends up in shootout

A Newton County deputy was shot at Saturday morning while assisting the U.S. Marshall's in apprehending a man wanted out of Ohio.

October 01, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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