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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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We Won’t Sign: Residents use signs to oppose railroad purchase efforts

"No Rails to Trails" signs are popping up across Newton County, as opponents of plans to purchase an out-of-use railroad line and convert it into a recreation trail renew their efforts.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Allen, Holloway plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Nearly three years after the shooting death of Ashley Obryant Vinson in a drug deal gone bad, the two men accused of his murder entered pleas on Tuesday to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Newton County Superior Courtroom of Judge Eugene Benton.

October 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County considering requiring animal licenses

The county is considering requiring pet owners to pay for licenses for their dogs and cats and is reaching out to the county's municipalities to get their opinions.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


8th congressional district race heating up

As a man who considers himself a centrist, Congressman Jim Marshall (D-Macon) draws support and ire from both sides of the aisle, and both parties are fighting hard for his seat.

October 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Horace Oneal Vason

Mr. Horace Oneal Vason died Oct. 17. The son of Mrs. Dora Lucile Sims and the late Mr. Arthur "Pap" Vason Sr., he was born in 1952 in Covington. He was the second of their three sons. He was preceded in death by half-sister Kathy Maude Woods; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Shedrick (Emma) Vason, Mr. and Mrs. Earlie (Etta) Sims Sr.; aunts Irene Vason, Delthia Deer, Ellen Heard; and uncles Charlie and Albert Vason. He was raised and educated in Newton County and graduated from R. L. Cousins High School in 1970. Affectionately called Super Lou, he was an avid ...

October 19, 2010 | | LOCAL




Democrats rally

Spreading the word: The Newton County Democratic Party elected not to stage a candidate's forum this year, but chose to hold a rally Saturday as a chance to inform voters and highlight Democratic candidates.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


‘Diaries’ donates courthouse replica

Newton County has a new courthouse, but county employees won't be moving their offices anytime soon.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The past speaks

The Covington Historic Society brought several of the spirits buried in the Covington Cemetery to life Thursday night to speak on the history of the town and it's people. Proceeds go to Historical Society to benefit the history center to be establish the museum in the Old Jail.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Portion of Lee Street to permanently close

The portion of Lee Street between Conyers and Reynolds streets will be permanently closed as preparations begin for construction of the long-awaited $9 million senior affordable complex.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Local girl wins International Junior Miss Georgia Princess pageant

Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Cole has earned the title as International Junior Miss Georgia Princess.

October 17, 2010 | | LOCAL


Group continues to pursue NS railroad purchase

The public-private partnership that formed to purchase 14.9 miles of abandoned Norfolk Southern railroad track in Newton County continues to negotiate the creation of a contract, though officials expect the process will take several months.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local recession could linger

A stalling economic recovery could lead to a national double-dip recession, and local financial officials expect Newton County's high foreclosure and unemployment numbers to persist as the county remains mired in the first recession.

Bank executives are becoming more pessimistic about the economy and nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said they believe the U.S. will experience a double-dip recession, according to the survey's conductors, Grant Thornton, an audit and tax firm, and "Bank Director" magazine.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nathan Deal visits Newton County

When asked to simplify Georgia's gubernatorial race, Republican Nathan Deal said he's the best candidate because of his extensive legal and political background and his conservative promise to not increase residents' tax burden.

October 17, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Nominations sought for the lighting of the courthouse

Main Street Covington, the Arts Association and local governments have partnered to seek nominations for individuals and/or groups to "light" the Newton County Courthouse during the annual holiday ceremony on November 18. The chosen person and/or group will have the opportunity to flip the switch as the historic courthouse is lit up ushering in the holiday season in downtown Covington.

October 16, 2010 | | LOCAL


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