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.
The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.
The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.
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.
Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While the federal government wrangles over how to cut its budget and reduce its deficit, Newton County officials are staring at the other side of the coin, trying to find a way to increase its dwindling emergency reserves while tax revenues continue to drop.
Wendy Cartledge-Carter became the victim of convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper on August 18, 2005 - her 41st birthday. But before she was a victim, she was a wife, a mother and Daddy's little girl. And according to her family, nothing will ever change that.
The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will continue through April 15. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.
Stellar students: The Newton County NAACP Youth took home some top honors at the recent Southeast Region convention held in Montgomery, Ala., including Advisor of the Year and Youth Counselor of the Year honors. Shown are from left (advisor Cathelene Perry; members Kurtoious Crawford, a sophomore at Alcovy High School; Thomas Johnson, a freshman at Challenge Charter Academy; and Tevin Norman, a sophomore at Eastside High School. Not pictured is Brandi Clark, a senior at Newton High School.
The lines have yet to be drawn, but Newton County's state representation will change and its influence should theoretically increase, given the fact the county gained nearly 40,000 residents in the past decade.
A failing dam and drainage structure is threatening High Point Forest Drive, forcing Newton County Board of Commissioners to approve a $127,000 construction request Tuesday to repair the structure.
A Covington Police Department detective is on administrative leave after being charged with battery under the Family Violence Act.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for firearm safety courses to be offered in May.
Roundabouts have seen enough success across Georgia that the federal government wants to provide full funding for four more of the continuous-flow, circular intersections within Newton County.
Wednesday Update: The windstorm early Tuesday may have cost Covington's electric department $20,000 to $25,000 in labor, overtime, equipment and parts.
Covington will finally begin paving some of the unused Norfolk Southern railroad crossings this month.
Once again, one of the toughest budget decisions for county commissioners will be how much money to devote to law enforcement and the jail, as the sheriff asked commissioners to reverse course Tuesday night and give his office an additional $2.76 million for fiscal year 2012.
Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced to life without parole for the 2005 murder of Wendy Cartledge-Carter on Tuesday afternoon. The jury also sentenced him to life for armed robbery and 25 years to run concurrent on charges of armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and bringing stolen property into the state.
The solution for supper is easy for next Wednesday, as the Covington Lions Club stages its 39th annual chicken barbecue.
Tickets are on sale now for the barbecue, which will be held form 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Academy Springs Park Pavilion on Conyers Street.
Convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper was sentenced on Tuesday to life without parole for malice murder in the 2005 death of Wendy Cartledge-Carter.