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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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Sunny, but smog alert today

It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.

May 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pocket dial leads to Hall drug arrest

Talk about a smart phone. This one called police as its owner, now a drug suspect in jail, was involved in an alleged illegal transaction.

Hall County 911 got a call about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when the operator answered, no one was on the other end of the line.

May 20, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Fulton coach charged with assault

ATLANTA - A high school assistant football coach who reportedly pointed a BB gun at a plalyer's head and jaw has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

May 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn fully recovered from April tornado

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Man accused of raping teen girl

A 26-year-old man is accused of raping a teen girl on May 5 at a home of Ga. Highway 142.

May 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fundraiser luncheon Sunday

Covington's Chi Tau Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Sorority will stage The China Affair, a scholarship fundraiser luncheon, at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Philip A.M.E. Church, 240 Candler Road Atlanta.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: Man shot had criminal history

The 33-year-old Oxford man who was shot and killed after allegedly threatening to kill a Georgia State Patrol trooper Wednesday afternoon had a criminal history dating from at least 1997.

May 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sheriff seeks grant to add deputies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is unlikely to get local money for much-needed additional deputies next year, but its force will be buoyed if it's selected for a federal 2011 COPS Hiring Grant.

May 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 traffic flowing now near Turner Hill Road

UPDATE: Traffic is flowing on I-20 near Turner Hill Road.

May 19, 2011 | | LOCAL


Teacher charged with urinating in class

RIVERDALE, Ga. - A substitute teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Clayton County is charged with child molestation after students said he urinated into a trash can inside a classroom.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State unemployment rate declines

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in April, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in March.

The state's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in April a year ago.

May 19, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Stolen ashes found

UPDATE: James Dailey will get the ashes back of his deceased wife.

May 18, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn cleans up

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 18, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Newton schools realign central staff

A realignment of the Newton County School System central office staff will take effect on July 1.

May 18, 2011 | | LOCAL


City authority buys more Walker’s Bend lots

The Covington City Council had several contentious split votes Monday night regarding parking rules on the square, more land purchases in the Walker's Bend subdivision and even a fireworks bid for the July 3 celebration.

May 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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