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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


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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


Get out and go

Spring might be my favorite season. After a ceaseless winter with gray skies and not a hint of green in sight, colorful flowers begin to make their appearance forecasting warmer weather ahead.

And although our spring came early this year and our winter wasn't very cool, it still is a sense of excitement for me. Now, I can hang the jacket in the closet, roll out of bed in the mornings without worrying about the cold hardwood floor touching my feet and toss the layers of clothing to the side.

April 17, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Passed out mom hit with ball by children

A call about a possible cardiac arrest on West Drive turned out to be a mom, passed out in the bushes Sunday evening.

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom found with malnourished baby, charged with meth possession

A 33-year-old mom was arrested and her child taken by the Department of Family and Children Services after officers reportedly found her with her undernourished baby in a trashed hotel room with methamphetamine.

Officers were called to the Covington Lodge by an anonymous caller who was concerned about the safety of a 2-month-old baby. When they arrived, they reportedly saw Frances Deanna Mattheus standing in front of a room's open door "thrusting the baby up and down in the air and grinding her teeth back and forth, tensing her facial muscles. The baby appeared to be slender and undernourished."

April 17, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County pride

Celebrate Our Home showcases more than 30 features of Newton County using 5x6 foot banners.

April 15, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


I-20 shut down at Almon Rd.

UPDATE: I-20 west just west of exit 88 (Almon Road) has all lanes shut down due to the large brush fire and the smoke it is producing.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale pocket parks open

Porterdale celebrated the opening of three pocket parks Friday and families immediately started taking advantaged of the parks.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ban on open-burning begins May 1

Newton County is among 54 Georgia counties that will be subject to a ban on open burning from May 1 to Sept. 30.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Some nonprofits, foreign companies could get state refund

Nonprofit corporations and foreign companies that paid annual registration fees between August 12, 2010 and April 13, 2011 may have been overcharge and eligible for a partial refund.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County’s 2050 Plan to be featured in publication

Newton County will be featured by the Orton Family Foundation as an example of a community with a strong stewardship program.

April 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Local man charged with DUI says he shouldn’t drive

A Covington police officer responded to a call from an anonymous citizen who observed an intoxicated man getting into the cab of his white F-150 truck in the parking lot of the Depot Bar and Grill.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Kimble: Greetings from the future

I'm feeling a little like the ghost of Christmas future - I'm 12 hours ahead of you!

Actually, I'm writing this from the Chicago airport as we await the next leg of the trip, but by Sunday I'll be adjusting to the land down under.

April 14, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Student has knife at school to cut fruit

A Newton County deputy was called to Flint Hill Elementary School after a school administrator was informed that a student was in possession of a knife.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


Local woman celebrates 100th birthday

A grin comes to Martha McLendon's aged face as three of her great-granddaughters run to her chair. The smallest crawls up in her lap and the other two shower her with kisses and hugs.

April 14, 2012 | Miranda Sain | LOCAL


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