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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


‘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


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County to talk SPLOSTs Monday

County commissioners will discuss how to spend remaining 2005 SPLOST road money and how to allocate future 2011 SPLOST money at a Monday work session at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

July 31, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested for running illegal taxi service

Police busted a man running an illegal taxi service early Saturday morning, after receiving several tips from witnesses.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for man-handling girlfriend

Officers arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly man-handling his girlfriend Friday night.

July 30, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Snapping Shoals sends out extra checks

Some Snapping Shoals members may have received an extra refund check recently, but the electricity provider is asking members to destroy those checks.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Y names volunteer of the year

Longtime Covington Y board member Dalton Knox is the Y's 2011 Volunteer of the Year.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tourism increases in 2011

Newton County has been particularly popular in 2011 as more than 9,000 visitors have graced the chamber's welcome center through June.

July 29, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Community outreach donation

The Rev. Clara Lett, founder of the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter, is shown receiving a check for $500 from Mark Hodges, chairman of the Outreach Committee at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The donation comes from concerts and other special activities the church sponsors to raise funds throughout the year for community outreach.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Benefit ride

Five'0 Clock Somewhere recently sponsored a benefit motorcycle ride for Ellis Lunsford, who has a heart condition. Stops included Hwy 142 Bar & Grill in Newborn, Fuzions in Monroe, and "The Depot" in Covington before riders returned to Five'0 Clock for an auction. The event attracted 48 riders, and raised, $5,600.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Argument over man ends in fight with tween

An argument between two women over a man ended with 18-year-old Shameka Shawanna-Nicole Stanley behind bars for fighting with a tween.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Loud music leads to arrest

A Covington man was arrested Sunday evening for underage drinking after an officer stopped his vehicle for loud music.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - July 29

Kenyetta Neal, violation of probation, week ends beginning July 22, suspended on completion of all community service and payment of all fees in full.

July 29, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


More than 35 cases of auto entering reported

Authorities are warning residents to lock their cars and not to leave items of value in plain sight after a rash of entering autos in the western part of the county.

July 29, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Even rascals need reviving

On April 15, an ambulance from Newton Medical Center responded with county fire department units to a structure fire on Mills Drive. Every family member was fine except for one - the family dog.

July 29, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Buycrash.com offers local accident reports online

Rather than having to go to the police department to get an accident report, involved parties can now visit buycrash.com, a site offering electronic crash reports.

July 28, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Teen charged with assaulting 14-year-old

A 19-year-old teen is in jail, facing charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who snuck out of her home to meet him.

July 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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