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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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Man arrested for pulling gun on woman

Officers were called to a home late Tuesday evening after a woman called and told them that Willie Adam Blackwell, 20, had been at her home and had pulled a gun on her.

February 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School board takes straw poll on budget cuts

Newton County School Board members in non-binding votes indicated their approval on Friday to a seven-period school day for high schools next year, and to contract out with a private firm, Ombudsman, for alternative school services.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Paper-filled truck catches fire

A tractor trailer truck carrying a load of paper caught fire Friday morning on Ga. Highway 20 near the intersection with Brown Bridge Road.

February 25, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Levins named to leadership academy

Assistant District Attorney Buck Levins will participate in the 2011 Young Lawyers Division Leadership of the State Bar of Georgia, a competitive program that helps young attorneys hone leadership skills.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Officers take “plunge” to kick off Special Olympics fundraising

Law enforcement agencies around the state raised $800 to kick off their annual effort to raise money for Special Olympics with a Polar Plunge on Saturday at Lake Lanier.

February 25, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cookies arrive

Special delivery: Sisters Charlotte and Sarah McCauley of Girl Scout Troop 20319 in Atlanta collected 12,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies during their annual fund raiser to send to our deployed troops. With the help of Operation Sandbox and National Guard soldiers, the boxes were delivered to the National Guard Armory in Covington Wednesday morning in preparation to be sent overseas.

February 25, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


The champs take the Capitol

Special recognition: The state-champion Piedmont Academy football team, coaching staff, managers, ball boys and cheerleaders were invited to the golden dome of Georgia's state capitol by State Rep. Susan Holmes (125th District) of Jasper County and Sen. Johnny Grant (25th District) of Baldwin County to be recognized for their accomplishment of winning the GISA AA state title and completing an undefeated, 13-game season.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Teacher on probation, fined for duct-taping student

CANTON. - Authorities say a Woodstock High School teacher accused of duct-taping an autistic boy to a chair and confining a girl under a desk has been sentenced to six years of probation and $2,000 in fines.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle man charged with child molestation

A 25-year-old Social Circle man remains in the Newton County Jail on charged of child molestation.

February 24, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Savannah students make gold teeth video

SAVANNAH, Ga. - With their principal's encouragement, a group of Savannah High School students wrote a song about a fixture in hip-hop culture - removable gold teeth known as grills.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Thundershowers likely tonight

There's a 90 percent chance of rain and thundershowers after midnight in Newton County, but any severe weather likely will be confined to northwest Georgia, according to the National Weather Service.

February 24, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Children killed in meth fire buried

DALTON, Ga. - More than 100 people attended the burial Wednesday of three young children killed in a suburban Atlanta house fire.

The mourners wept as the three tiny white coffins - adorned by floral sprays of white roses and white carnations - were lowered into the Georgia red clay.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Pollen count soaring

Experts say warm weather has ushered in high pollen levels in Georgia, and the peak season hasn't even arrived yet.

WSB-TV reports that the higher temperatures in recent weeks have led to a surging pollen count.

February 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Mary Arnwine is volunteer of the year

Mary Arnwine volunteers at so many places she has trouble keeping track. She works with the Sunday school and Stephen ministry groups at First United Methodist Church, delivers flower arrangements to nursing homes, bakes cookies for the library, is involved in the Covington Women's Club and is a fantastic mother.

February 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Little Mr. and Miss Newton County

The winners of the 50th anniversary Little Mr. and Miss Newton pageant held at Alcovy High School on Saturday were:

February 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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