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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


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


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CPR Saturday at DeKalb Tech a success

Becky Beavers hopes that one day Newton County will be the safest place to live in the U.S. The director of education at Newton Medical Center recently partnered with DeKalb Technical College to restart the CPR Saturday program, where local residents can learn CPR for free from trained professionals. She hopes Newton County will be able to catch Seattle, in which one out of every four residents is trained in CPR.

June 20, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


The News owner honored with GPA Golden Award

This week Morris Multimedia President Charles Hill Morris Sr. was honored by the Georgia Press Association at the organization's annual convention at Jekyll Island for 50 years of service to the newspaper industry. He joins the ranks of GPA's prestigious Golden Club.

June 20, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


My Father, My Hero

The Covington News asked its readers to send in letters of why their father should win the "My Father, My Hero Contest." These are all the entries we received. They are all heroes in our eyes.

June 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Employees cut after rollback budget approved

Pink slips, sad goodbyes and voices on the edge of tears greeted dozens of county employees during the two days following the approval of the $46.3 million rollback rate budget by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

June 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Laughter: The best medicine

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. Many dismiss the saying, though never intentionally. There is just so much to do, so much to worry about, and there just not enough time in the day to waste it on laughing. Besides, what exactly is there to laugh about?

June 18, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County's Most Wanted

The most wanted feature appears in The Covington News in the second-to-last Friday of every month. To view the most wanted list for this month, view the PDF to the left.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 resurfacing in DeKalb Co. to begin Friday night

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the resurfacing project on I-20, between Columbia Drive and Turner Hill Road in DeKalb County, will begin Friday at 9 p.m. with a double left lane closure westbound from Turner Hill Road to the Farrington Road overpass.

"Two lanes will always be open to traffic during the construction but we are expecting very heavy traffic in the area," said DOT District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee. "We encourage motorists to use alternate routes or to avoid the project area altogether."

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves rollback budget; see attached budget documents

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $46.3 million budget, which will use the 10.9 rollback millage rate, and cut about 50 employees. The board won't officially adopt the 10.9 rollback rate until the July 6 BOC meeting because the budget now has to be re-advertised in The News for a minimum of 14 days.

Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming voted against the budget, and both expressed preference for the 9.73 millage rate budget which would have been a $43.5 million budget.

June 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire engulfs car's engine compartment

Around 7:30 a.m. this morning the Covington Fire Department responded to a car fire. On arrival, they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with no issues.

The owner stated that she had a leak in a power steering hose which made the car smoke on occasion. She was in the process of saving to fix the problem. The owner stated that she walked in her office and then returned to find the car on fire.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tattoo gives away man’s identity

A man arrested Saturday afternoon vehemently denied being the person authorities were looking for, even though he had a tattoo of his name in plain view on his calf.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juanita Bynum to hold book signing at Mall at Stonecrest

Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior millage rates tell interesting history

There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate.

However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was projected to be nearly $27.7 million, around 57 percent of the budget.

June 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman who attempted to rob bank caught

A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.

June 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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