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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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Taking it to the streets

The more Norris Freeman listened to Superintendent Whitlow Richardson present his plan for school desegregation, the less he liked what he heard. By the end of Richardson's speech, Freeman and the others were nearly in a fury.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Resumes being taken for new General Mills plant

Update, April 29, 4:57 p.m. - The Ga. Department of Labor in Monroe is still accepting resumes on behalf of General Mills, but only for forklift positions. Interested applicants should fax resumes to (770) 207-4118 or call (770) 207-4111 for more details.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man arraigned for rape, incest and exploitation

Jeremy Christopher Lee Smith, 19, was arraigned this morning on charges of rape, incest, exploitation of a disabled adult and sexual battery.

March 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Check it Out!

SRG Global (formerly Guardian Automotive) donated $5,000 to the Newton County Sheriff's inVEST fund Thursday morning. From left to right: SRG Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Vantassell, Covington Plant Manager Mike Anderson, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown and Operation Manager Jay Bailey.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVest in the NCSO - March 5

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


4-H nixed as part of UGA budget cuts

Proposed reductions to the University System of Georgia of approximately $300 million could mean the end of 4-H programs in Newton County and a reduction of roughly $9 million to Georgia Perimeter College.

March 04, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Warning: scam artist selling fake Covington News subscriptions

It has come to our attention that an individual calling herself "Debbie" is conducting a scam by obtaining credit card numbers from people over the phone who think they are subscribing to The Covington News.

March 04, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rec Commission will run NHCC

The Nelson Heights Community Center will be run by the Newton Recreation Commission – end of story.

After years of preparation and months of debate, the NHCC's future was finally decided Tuesday night, when the Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 in favor of the recreation commission's proposal to run the center.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Next year's county budget could be 10 percent lower

Newton County department heads have been instructed to prepare for the possibility of a 10 percent total reduction in their budgets for the next fiscal year.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council votes to not pursue grant to spend on new pedestrian trails

New Grant Writer Randy Conner presented six grant opportunities to the Covington City Council Monday night, and the council approved pursuing all of them, except for one tied to the Norfolk Southern railroad.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian found ‘resting’ in road

Several residents called for assistance after noticing a man in the middle of the road Monday night.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Couple robbed at gunpoint

Deputies are still search for the men who reportedly robbed a couple at gunpoint in the cul-de-sac off Paladin Drive Feb. 22.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Trailers burglarized at Ficquett

Three modular classrooms at Ficquett Elementary School were burglarized over the weekend and officers are still searching for those responsible.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


City residents question electric rates, system

Covington residents used Monday's city council meeting as a forum to discuss high electricity bills and to ask city officials if they could offer residents any help.

March 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Inside the GBI

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is oft accused of being the reason why investigators can't pinpoint suspects and why evidence isn't processed in time for court, but according to a report given to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a mere 5 percent of crime lab reports take the GBI more then 180 days, with 88 percent of reports being issued in 90 days or less.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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