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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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Officials under fire for city spending

Social Circle council members reexamined their travel and training practices after discovering they had been violating city policy for several years, causing the city to be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

March 17, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dollar General employee slapped

A Dollar General employee called police Wednesday after a woman got into an argument with her and slapped her across the face in the store.

March 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Porterdale residents came out to enjoy the beautiful spring day at the historic mill town's first St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday. The day kicked off with the parade, followed by live music, inflatables for the kids and wrestling.

March 17, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Porterdale farmer's market to open next week

The Porterdale Farmers' Market will be opening for its second season on March 24. Local growers, bakers, and crafters will once again be selling their home-grown and hand-made wares at the Historic Train Depot in Porterdale every Saturday from 8:30 to noon.

March 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Porterdale parade, wrestling today

Porterdale will host its inaugural St. Patrick's Day Party beginning at 1:30 p.m. with a parade. After the parade ends, attendees can stay and enjoy a day full of music and wrestling in the historic mill town.

March 16, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


High temps lead to spring behavior early

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes warm temperatures and beautiful weather. This past week temperatures reached the 80s setting record highs for this time of the year. The flowers are beginning to open up from the long winter, and local families are going to parks and nature trails around Covington to enjoy the beautiful scenery happening around them.

March 16, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


BOC continues alcohol debate

The Newton County Board of Commissioners continued to work on an alcohol ordinance to allow for restaurant sales of alcohol, but the question of how close alcohol can be sold to churches, libraries and schools remained unsolved Monday.

March 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman at homeless shelter disorderly

A 31-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fight at the homeless shelter with another resident.

March 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Chief Judge Ott announces reelection

Alcovy Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge John Ott officially announced Wednesday that he will seek reelection.

March 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington shows off movie chops

Covington showed off its credentials to movie executives at The Next Cool Event in Atlanta, which was designed to show off the state's film friendly communities and interior and event design companies.

March 15, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Health Scores - March 16

America's Best Value Inn, 10101 Alcovy Road, Covington, March 6. Score: 100

March 15, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Young couple arrested for fight

A couple at the Magnolia Heights Apartment Complex was arrested following a family fight late Tuesday morning.

March 15, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man killed on I-20 was driving dead man's car

The South Carolina man who was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on Interstate 20 in Newton County was driving a car registered to a dead Alabama man, authorities said.

March 15, 2012 | Rachel Goff | LOCAL


Charges filed in death of motorcyclist

Charges have been filed in the death of popular motorcyclist James Burton Eenhuis, 65, who was killed January 27, 2011.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Hank Johnson to be at Saturday town hall

U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) will attend Saturday's town hall from 10 a.m. to noon at the Porter Memorial Branch Library, 6191 Ga. Highway 212, Covington.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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