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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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Valentine's at Waffle House

Trey and Alonda Bailey shared a Belgian waffle for Valentine's at Waffle House Monday night and were even coaxed into feeding each other a bite or two, because, well, "Waffles are for lovers."

February 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman contacts officers over misbehaving child

A fed-up mother called for assistance from the Covington Police Department Sunday afternoon because her juvenile son was continuing to misbehave.

February 16, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City boards, authorities open to public

One of the best ways for Covington residents to become involved in government is to join one of the city's several authorities, boards and commissions. These groups play an important role in shaping city development and provide direction to the city council.

February 16, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - Feb. 16

o Nancy Miller, felony burglary, nolle pross; criminal trespass, 12 months probation, $500, stay away from 5019 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

February 16, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County discusses SPLOST road projects

The county has hundreds of millions of dollars in road projects it wants to complete over the next several years, making it a challenge to choose only $17.28 million worth of projects to complete with SPLOST funds if the 2011 SPLOST is passed in March.

February 15, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dorothy Piedrahita talks black history

Dorothy Piedrahita, a 64-year-old Covington resident who was present when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at the start of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 and who became the first black woman to run for mayor of Montgomery, will speak for free at the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

February 15, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Pageant celebrates 50 years

A half-century of cuteness will be celebrated on Saturday at the 50th Little Mr. and Miss Newton County Pageant.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Melvin Baker has strong roots

Family and community are watchwords for Melvin O'Neal Baker.

February 15, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Pete the bloodhound finds toddler

Pete the bloodhound was able to track down and find a missing toddler in woods near the Yellow River in southern Newton County on Friday.

February 14, 2011 | Special to The News | LOCAL


Man accused of killing sons had past arrests

LAWRENCEVILLE - A man accused of stabbing two of his sons to death and injuring another at their home near Lawrenceville had a history of minor brushes with the law.

February 14, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


T.K. and Louise Adams talk history

In 1960, the University of Georgia denied admittance to T.K. Adams, because he was black. Five decades later, his son Timothy K. Adams Jr. is now a music professor with tenure. For T.K., his family's shared history with the school is a pretty good summary of black history.

February 14, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DA's office welcomes new assistant

The Newton County District Attorney's Office recently welcomed a new assistant district attorney, hired to lead the prosecution of cases of child abuse, felony sexual assault cases against adults and crimes against the elderly.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Court Briefs

Charles Leslie Skrobot announced that he was ready for trial in Newton County Superior Court Thursday, on charges that he molested a 4-year-old girl late last year.

February 13, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


2011 SPLOST road projects to be discussed Tuesday night

The county will discuss Tuesday which road projects could be completed if the 2011 SPLOST is passed by voters.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Ex-Covington councilwoman Goss dies

Many of Covington's hair dressers and beauticians owe their start to Bertha Goss, the longtime owner of Bertha's Beauty Lounge who dedicated her life to training and inspiring young people.

February 13, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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