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Goodbye to Catfish

Anthony Wayne Johnson will retire as one of the City of Covington's most treasured employees this month after logging nearly 31 years of service.

May 10, 2015 | | LOCAL


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


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Baxter brings area high quality jobs

Global medical manufacturer Baxter International will build a $1 billion manufacturing center in Newton and Walton counties and hire around 1,500 full-time workers by 2018, giving an area that has been primed for growth its first major win.

April 19, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Library flasher arrested yet again

A man who has sporadically plagued the Newton County Library by flashing patrons in between the stacks was arrested Wednesday afternoon.

April 19, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office to host pill drop

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will be holding their fourth annual pill drop April 28. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the NCSO will work with the National Drug Enforcement Administration to "Take Back" unused prescription pills, no questions asked.

The event will be held inside Walmart - both on Industrial Blvd. and on Salem Road. NCSO officials will be on hand to collect the potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous for all Newton County (and surrounding area) residents with no questions asked.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sitting down with soldiers

What started off as a quiet, intimidated room full of students attending the Military Panel at Oxford College on Wednesday, turned into a engaging and moving experience between both the soldiers and audience.

Many students did not know what to expect when they first walked into this unstructured panel. Some thought it would be a recruiting session, others just went for extra credit for a class. A student even asked how long the panel was going to be and if they could leave early, but that soon changed as the panel started. The program was supposed to be only an ...

April 19, 2012 | Nicole Goetz | LOCAL


Local resident opens for Merle Haggard

Twenty-five-year-old Mansfield native Gannon Adams has been in love with country music his whole life.

He first became interested in performing while he attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga. He started a self-titled band six months ago and has been traveling solo with Merle Haggard for the past few weeks as Haggard's opening act. He will open for Haggard again next Wednesday, April 25 at Macon City Auditorium.

April 19, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Leaders: skilled workforce needed

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Newton County College and Career Academy, the annual Workforce Development Summit was held in the new building last Tuesday.

April 19, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Lee Peck named to a top school spot

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Lee Peck has been selected as the district's Executive Director for School Improvement. Peck was approved by unanimous vote at the Newton County Board of Education's April 17 monthly meeting.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton lands medical industry, 1,500 jobs

Global medical manufacturer Baxter International announced Thursday plans to build a $1 billion manufacturing center in Newton County that will employ more than 1,500 full-time workers.

April 19, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rockdale passport fees to go nonprofits

The issue of passport fees took center stage again at Tuesday evening's Board of Commissioners work session as the Clerk of Courts proposed a new split that would give a third to charitable non-profits, a third to the county, and a third to the Clerk of Courts Office but eliminate the amount taken as income by the Clerk.

April 18, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


I-20 WB accident, traffic congested

An accident on Interstate 20 westbound has traffic heavy near exit 90. Use extreme caution.

April 18, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Summer art camp opens registration

The Southern Heartland Art Gallery will be hosting its annual art camps in June and July for children ages six through 12.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


First responders simulate disaster

The multi-vehicle accident left many blood-covered victims scattered along Hwy 278 outside of Newton County Tuesday. Some were nursing shattered bones and cuts while others stumbled around, confused and moaning for help. The skilled first responders who arrived on scene only had an allotted amount time to take care of the injured and the shipment of radioactive waste that was involved in the wreck.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Passport fee debate reaches Newton

Newton County residents have had their passports processed by the Newton County Superior Court clerk for many years, but a longstanding state law that allows the clerk of courts to take the $25 passport processing fee as personal income is being scrutinized and reconsidered across the state.

April 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Schools looks to save on transportation

If approved, the school system's transportation department could save hundreds of thousands of dollars by partnering with a company that would bring a parts store to them and stock it with Newton County's needs in mind.

April 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Georgia gas prices fall 4.5 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82/gal yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.89/gal, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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