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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


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Migrant workers detained briefly

Dozens of migrant workers on their way to work in the tobacco fields of North Carolina were detained Thursday morning, after a passerby on Interstate 20 saw what they thought was someone being forced into the undercarriage of one of the workers' charter buses and called 911.

April 12, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Volunteers to landscape homeless shelter

Volunteers with Kohl's in Conyers, led by local resident Donna Sneed, are hoping to beautify the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter on Turner Lake Circle on April 26.

Sneed hopes to erect a sign at the street entrance to the shelter and landscape and plant flowers around the sign, in addition to putting potted flowers at the entrance to each of the shelter's buildings and planters along the side of some of the buildings. She also hopes to get the shelter's playground equipment repaired.

April 12, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


11th annual Cheerios Challenge next Saturday

The 11th annual Covington Cheerios Challenge will be held Saturday, April 21, at the YMCA on Newton Drive.

April 12, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


County budget rises first time in 4 years

Property tax revenues for the county continue to decline, yet for the first time in four years the county's budget is actually projected to increase.

April 11, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman tells deputies she is child of God

A woman was arrested after tailgating a family of four down Floyd Street while blowing her horn and flipping the bird.

April 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Resurfacing work to begin on I-20 Tuesday

Pittman Construction expects to restart resurfacing work Tuesday on Interstate 20 between mile marker 102 and 105 in Morgan County, while weekend work in Newton County between mile marker 98 and 93 will run from 9 a.m. April 20 through 6 a.m. April 23.

Motorist can expect daily lane closures and short delays, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, Pittman Construction Company and E. R. Snell Contractor were awarded this $27 million project, which consists of 19.5 miles of milling and resurfacing, beginning east of Ga. Highway 142 in Newton County and extending east of Ga ...

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Reads receives state award

Newton County Reads, Executive Director Paryn Wallace recently received an award during the Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP) Conference at Amicalola Falls, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Mary Deal were guest speakers during the event.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Boyfriend chokes girlfriend, rips out weave

A Newton County deputy arrested a man for simple battery after he tried to choke his girlfriend and threw her to the ground.

The girlfriend was upstairs with her eight-month-old daughter texting when the boyfriend entered the room. The boyfriend told the talking baby to shut up and the girlfriend told the boyfriend not to talk to her daughter that way. The girlfriend then went to pick the baby up and the boyfriend grabbed her wrist instructing her not to.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman woken by intruder looking for attic

A woman was woken up in the wee hours of the morning to someone trying to get into the front door of her home on Conyers Street.

She then heard noises in the house and a male with a Southern voice opened her bedroom door.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Goetz: Painting the town

This Thursday, April 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., the city of Covington will be challenged to explore their artistic side during Southern Heartland Arts' first Spring Community Paint Out & Party at the Gallery.

Last year, for Spring Fling, Southern Heartland Arts put on a fashion show that had a satisfying turn-out of 200-300 people, but this year they opted to do something different. Wendy Harrington came up with the idea of the Paint Out.

April 10, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


BBQ fundraiser for stroke victim this Saturday

On Saturday, April 14, The Church at Covington will host a fundraiser for Jason Joyner. Family and friends have put together BBQ plates that consist of pulled-pork BBQ, buns, stew, slaw, chips and a cookie.

Tickets are being pre-sold for $10 and can be purchased by calling Sheri Joyner at (678) 270-0905. Extra plates will be sold at the event after all pre-ordered plates have been filled.

April 10, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Black Easter commemorated

Local black officials held the seventh annual commemoration of Black Easter Sunday on the square.

Elected officials and other community leaders spoke about events past and present as all remembered the civil rights march of 1970 in Covington.

April 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mansfield resident to perform at Young Harris College

Young Harris College student Sam Wolaver, a junior music education major from Mansfield, will perform at the Young Harris College Jazz Band concert on Monday, April 16. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. Wolaver is a graduate of Eastside High School.

The Young Harris College Jazz Band will perform a variety of music covering all styles of the jazz genre. Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A., the ensemble guarantees an evening of entertaining instrumental music featuring several student solos.

April 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Operation Sandbox looking for volunteers

Operation Sandbox, the local charity organization which sends care packages to American troops overseas, is accepting applications for volunteers.

Each week, volunteers will be expected to meet every Wednesday to prepare the care packages to send overseas.

April 10, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Resurfacing to begin again Tues. on I-20

Pittman Construction expects to restart resurfacing work Tuesday on Interstate 20 between mile marker 102 and 105 in Morgan County, while weekend work in Newton County between mile marker 98 and 93.6 will run from 9 a.m. April 20 through 6 a.m. April 23.

April 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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