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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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Local landfill legal battle continues

A company wanting to build a private landfill in Newton County could yet get its way after the Georgia Supreme Court this week overturned a ruling that had effectively ended any chance of a landfill.

March 23, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman arrested for shoplifting for fourth time

A Covington woman was arrested for the fourth time for shoplifting in Newton County Tuesday, this time at Kmart.

A store employee noticed Margaret Watkins, 26, take clothing and jewelry into the fitting room, then leave the store immediately after exiting the fitting room.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two arrested for marijuana

A call to a Bent Pine Court home early Sunday morning for stalking led to several arrests, including two for marijuana.

As the officers approached the front door of the residence they could immediately smell marijuana, and although they could see two males asleep on the couch through the blinds, officers knocked for about five minutes before anyone came to the front door.

March 23, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Covington health care experts use speech therapy to help senior citizens

The simple act of swallowing is something many of us take for granted. Yet every year, approximately 10 million Americans are diagnosed with swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia. Nearly all dementia patients develop dysphagia, and swallowing disorders are associated with stroke, progressive neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's.

March 23, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fashion show to raise money for local cancer patient

Two years ago, Cheryl East received news that would change her life and the lives of all who knew her. That's when she found out she had breast cancer. She's been fighting for her life ever since - a fight which hasn't been easy because of her rare blood type.

March 23, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Victim fights off kidnapper, saves baby

The brave actions of a victim, police and shoppers outside the Hobby Lobby on Ga. Highway 138 helped fend off an armed kidnapper and potentially saved the lives of a Conyers woman and her grandchild Wednesday afternoon.

March 22, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Council votes to cut water, sewer fees in half

The Social Circle City Council approved to temporary cutting water and sewer fees in half to spur home construction.

March 22, 2012 | Jay Jones | LOCAL


I-20 east down to one lane at exit 88

Interstate 20 eastbound was down to one lane around exit 88, because the state's Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team was mapping the fatal crash scene from a pedestrian fatality, Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said in an email.

March 22, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Guilty verdict in '09 death

Roland L. Wilson was found guilty in the 2009 murder of 21-year-old William Okafor, who died as a result of injuries sustained from being struck in the head with a brick following an argument outside his home.

March 21, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Convicted murder's brother arrested

Police arrested Jamarcus Pridgett, the younger brother of convicted murderer Jamaal Pridgett, late Friday morning, after he reportedly tied up and assaulted his girlfriend.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for cocaine possession

A vehicle stop for a busted tail light turned into an arrest on drug charges early Sunday morning on Alcovy Road.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local teen competes for Miss Jr. Teen

Faith Eller of Covington will participate in the 2012 Miss Jr. Teen Atlanta pageant Saturday. Eller submitted an application and took part in an interview session conducted by this year's Atlanta Pageant Coordinator.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


March is a busy time for trials

The end of March is a busy time for the Newton County Judicial Center, with several trials, including those for murder, coming before the Superior Court judges.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


NCSS under fire after false bomb threat

Rocky Plains Elementary School may have been cleared after a prank call warned the school of a bomb in the building, but the Newton County School System is under fire from several parents who are furious they had to learn of the threat through Facebook.

March 20, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Gas prices rise more than three cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have risen 3.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 per gallon Sunday. Across the country, the average price rose 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 20, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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