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Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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


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“Let’s Make a Miracle”

More than 130 cars, trucks and motorcycles attended the Car Show held Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Newton County Recreation Commission's Turner Lake Complex. The event raised more than $3,600 for the Miracle League.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Primary losers endorse former opponents

As the Aug. 10 runoff election approaches, some of the losing candidates from the July 20 Primary election are endorsing their former opponents.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli and Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Cheers for the Generals

The Veterans Memorial Middle School cheer team, the Cheer Generals, hosted a community yard sale in its school's parking lot Saturday to raise money for new uniforms. The cheer team raised nearly $500 by renting out parking spots to sellers, said Coach Marianna Mansfield.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Maldonado enters not guilty plea

Accused murderer Pablo Fernando Maldonado pleaded not guilty in the 2009 death of Timothy Clements in court Thursday.

August 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


School Superintendent speaks to Celebrating Women group

Lee Aldridge believes new Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews has some really great ideas about how to improve the Newton County School System - she would know.

August 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rules of the road: Cell phone, texting laws change and amp up fines for drivers

The start of school comes with a new set of rules for drivers, some of them aimed directly at teenagers.

August 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


FCHA to host foreclosure prevention workshop

Concerned homeowners and future homeowners are invited to a free foreclosure prevention workshop presented by the Family Community Housing Association, Inc. and its community partner The National Association of Real Estate Brokers - Investment Division, Inc., Housing Counseling Agency.

August 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Residents express confusion over Board of Commissioners alcohol issues, vote

Tuesday's decision by the Newton County Board of Commissioners not to put the county alcohol-by-the-drink issue to a public vote left some residents confused.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arrested coming to meet minor

A 58-year-old grandfather was arrested when he arrived in Newton County under the pretense of meeting an underage girl he met on a chat room.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Five years later, Lakemper still awaits trial

On Aug. 3, 2005, Cobey Wade Lakemper allegedly began a violent multi-state crime spree that would ultimately end the lives of three people. Five years later, he is still in the Newton County Detention Center and has yet to face trial on any of the charges against him.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Railroad stop signs leave drivers cross

Stop signs are necessary to keep drivers safe, but when those stop signs are located at railroad crossings that haven't seen a train pass by for around a year, they turn into a nuisance for some drivers.

August 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


25 years of excellence: CPD celebrates quarter century of international accreditation

For a quarter of a century the Covington Police Department has earned international accreditation, the first law enforcement agency in the state to earn that title and the tenth in the nation.

August 06, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Police search for suspects in ATM heist

Detectives from the Covington Police Department are asking for tips from the public to catch the thieves responsible for stealing an ATM machine from United Community Bank early Sunday morning.

According to CPD Lt. Paul Dailey, an officer responded to a burglary alarm on the ATM at the bank, which is located on the Covington ByPass Road. When he arrived, he immediately noticed a large blue forklift sitting in front of where the ATM would be. There was glass scattered around the area and the forklift was still turned on. The cameras were spray painted and the ATM machine was ...

August 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man wanted for assault and armed robbery located in Newton County

A man wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in Cornelia on July 22 was arrested in Newton County yesterday.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


PSC runoff candidates square off

State Senator John Douglas (R-Social Circle) and Tim Echols of Athens were the top two finishers in the July 20 Public Service Commission Primary and will face off in the Aug. 10 runoff. The Patriots Table, a local conservative advocate group, hosted a Public Service Commission District 2 Republican runoff forum Monday night at the Little Red School House, next to the Covington Y on Newton Drive. Candidates answered questions submitted by audience members via note cards.

August 04, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


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