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Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


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


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Nelson Heights business cleaning up junk cars

Curtis Goss is cleaning up his act, moving junk cars from his 24-hour towing and road service business at the intersection of Puckett and Laseter streets in the heart of Nelson Heights.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO to collect unwanted meds at Wal-Mart

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is working to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Financial freefall

Kim McGuire's bankruptcy wasn't without a sense of irony. During a difficult financial time, she was forced to take a job with a debt collection agency to pay her mounting bills. While she worked to track down debtors during the day, her nights were spent avoiding eerily similar phone calls.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Braves outfielder looks to open paroled felon transition facility

 Plans for a proposed facility on Dally Road that helps paroled felons transition back into society has its neighbors in an uproar and Walton County officials scrambling for information.

September 24, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 23

Eastside's Savannah Upshaw jumps for an overthrown ball during the softball game against Loganville Wednesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 23, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Security enhanced at courthouse for motion hearings of accused murderers

Security has been enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center today because of motion hearings for several accused murderers. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is hearing from attorneys for Sam Dawkins, Robert Lambert, Michael West and Chad Allen. All men are accused of the late-2009 murder of Andrew Nichols. Additional law enforcement has been called in as a precaution.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 22

Newton Rams' Markea Sheppard safely steals third base during the softball game against M.L. King Tuesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the photos under Related Content.

September 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Swings, slides and supporters

Open for play: United Bank employees pose in front of the new playground in Denny Dobbs Park. The bank paid for the structure. (L-R) J. Joseph Edwards, Sr. Vice Chairman United Bank Board of Directors; the Rev. Ronny Brannen, Prospect United Methodist Church and Newton County Recreation Board Member; Ronnie Robert E. Mason, Chairman Board of Directors; Madison Division; James J. Edwards, Jr. CEO Richard Brown, member Covington Board of Directors; Denny Dobbs, Chairman Covington Board of Directors; Stanley Edwards, member Covington Board of Directors; Reed Beard, President Covington Division; Jeanette Berry, VP Covington Division; Doyle Baker, Banking Officer Covington ...

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kurtz named chief assistant D.A.

Anne Kurtz has been named the chief assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, according to District Attorney Layla Zon.

Kurtz has been with the district attorney's office in Newton County since 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2004 from Georgia Tech and earned a law degree in 2007 from Georgia State College of Law. Kurtz worked for the Cobb County District Attorney's office during the summer of her second year of law school.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Famous authors to visit

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett gets 4 life sentences plus 80 years

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to four life sentences plus 80 years in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Jerome Glover, and the shootings of three others.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 21

Art students of Veterans Memorial Middle School show off the pinwheels for peace they made to express their feelings and thoughts on peace.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Pridgett sentenced to four life sentences

Jamaal Pridgett was sentenced today to serve four life sentences plus 80 years in the death of Jerome Glover and the shooting of Tavorris Shy, Matec Barkley and Sedarius Stephens in October of 2008.

September 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett to be sentenced Tuesday

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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