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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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Farm Bureau celebrates Agriculture Awareness Day at Georgia Capitol

Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day was observed with a celebration of the state's largest industry at the Georgia Depot near the state capitol Tuesday. The event, hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, included the recognition of farmers from across Georgia selected to receive the 2012 Governor's Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Awards for management practices they use to protect the soil, air and water on their farms. Event attendees were able to sample original food products competing in the 2012 Flavor of Georgia Contest, which recognizes products that use Georgia-grown commodities created by Georgia entrepreneurs.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Vampires keep bringing in tourists, money

Nicole Tilston stood patiently watching the activity in the parking lot of Sharp Learning Center Tuesday morning. Clutching her autograph book and permanent marker close to her chest, she stared in awe from across the street as the actors entered and exited trailers of the makeshift production headquarters for "The Vampire Diaries."

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Salem Road Walmart opens doors today

The new Walmart at the intersection of Brown Bridge and Salem Roads will open for business around 8 a.m. today, following an official grand opening ceremony at 7 a.m.

March 14, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sci-fi trilogy causing a commotion

Every so often, a story comes along to capture a greater audience than it was intended to. The trials and tribulations of Harry Potter immediately comes to mind.

March 14, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - March 14

Rasheem Vincent Agostino, 38, Riverdale, March 2. Stop signs and yield signs, driving while license suspended or revoked first offense.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested for beating cancer survivor

A Covington man was arrested early Friday morning after beating his girlfriend, who is currently recovering from breast cancer surgery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Two caught smoking weed in graveyard

An Eastside High School student and a Dollar General employee were arrested Monday evening after being caught smoking marijuana in the city cemetery.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Wife hits husband in face with club

A 29-year-old mother was arrested Saturday night after allegedly hitting her husband in the face with a wooden club at their Sterling Lakes home.

March 14, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Metro area gas prices hold steady

Average retail gasoline prices in Atlanta have fallen 1.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.69 per gallon Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75 per gallon, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 14, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


State troopers receive T. Moose donations

The Georgia men and women members of the Loyal Order of Moose have donated 750 stuffed animals to the Georgia State Patrol for troopers to present to children who have been involved in serious traffic crashes or incidents.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hail and wind advisory until 6:15 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City issued a special weather advisory warning of possible dime-sized hail and strong winds of up to 40 miles per hour moving through the area until about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

March 13, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Son hits dad in head with candlestick

A fight between father and son ended in bloodshed Wednesday evening after the son allegedly hit his father in the head with a candlestick.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County to buy vehicles with '11 SPLOST

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved spending $77,736 in 2011 SPLOST funds to purchase four vehicles.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Residents invited to celebrate county

Residents want to have convenient access to work, school and shopping. They want to pay the lowest amount in taxes possible. They want to be healthy and live in a scenic place, and many of them want to be connected to the place they live. They want a high quality of life.

March 10, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed bill could free up jail space

The Georgia legislature is considering a bill that aims to reduce the number of inmates and save the state and local governments money by using some alternative punishments.

March 10, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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