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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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Court Sentencings - Feb. 20

o Kevin Scott Hayes, violation of probation, 6 months Newton County Jail.

February 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ozburn wins community service award

Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Ozburn is one of 10 recipients of the 12th Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service.

February 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Families brace for HOPE cuts

ATLANTA - For Christopher McGee, getting the HOPE scholarship meant he could afford Georgia State University.

But state lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the cash-strapped scholarship program that has paid for more than 1 million Georgians to get a higher education - meaning McGee and other students across the state may have to pay thousands of dollars more for college. The 19-year-old from College Park said he'll likely increase the hours he works at his part-time job as a file clerk at an Atlanta law firm and decrease his class load to help make up the difference.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Three Lilburn children die in meth fire

Three young children have died from injuries suffered in a fire in a suburban home in Lilburn that was likely caused when chemicals used to make methamphetamine ignited, authorities said Friday.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Monroe County inmates riot over sandwiches

FORSYTH, Ga. - A spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says a group of jail inmates rioted when they were given a sandwich instead of their usual hot meal.

February 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County mulls roads for 2011 SPLOST

Newton County has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, but it must choose $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Celebrate Arbor Day in Newton County

Turner Lake Park: 10 a.m.; Turner Lake Park, sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful; (770) 784-2015 or newtonclean@co.newton.ga.us for additional information. 11 a.m.; Turner Lake Recreation Center; tree planting in memory of Mr. Eddie Phillips, Mr. Carl Smith, Mr. Otis Spillers and in honor of Mrs. Connie Waller and Mr. Greg Heid; refreshments; RSVP Debbie Bell (678-625-1231.

February 18, 2011 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Dogfighting ring busted, three arrested

Three men were arrested and several others are still being sought after an anonymous tip uncovered a suspected dog fighting ring last week.

February 18, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington student Washington-bound

Alexander Quinlan, a student at the Montessori School of Covington, has been accepted into the People to People World Leadership Forum.

Alexander will join a select group of students in Washington, D.C., next week to study leadership and explore the city's monuments and institutions. Stops will include Capitol Hill, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon and the National Museum of American History, according to a release.

February 17, 2011 | | LOCAL


Students earn honors at regional competition

Newton County School System middle school students earned one first place and two second place awards from the recent Griffin RESA Literacy Days Contest.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recorder concert set for Sunday

Music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods will be performed on recorders in a concert by Willow Song Consort at 3 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Good Shepherd, 4140 Clark St.

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


St. Patrick essay could win $1,000

The Atlanta St. Patrick's Parade Committee is offering a $1,000 scholarship to the high school student who pens the winning essay on "The Meaning of St. Patrick's Day."

February 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Mills grant recipients announced

The taste of cereal just got a whole lot sweeter for 23 nonprofit organizations and schools that have received money from the General Mills foundation for their mission to serve the local community.

February 17, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Unemployment claims rise in Georgia

First-time unemployment benefit filings increased 11.9 percent in January from the previous month in Metro Atlanta, according to information released Wednesday from State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

February 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Senate could cork Sunday alcohol sales

ATLANTA - Turns out an unwilling governor wasn't the only obstacle to a vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

After breezing through legislative committees with no opposition from conservatives or liquor sales groups, the proposal seemed headed for quick passage in the Legislature after years of stonewalling by former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

February 16, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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