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.
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.
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.
Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.
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.
Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Police arrested Jamarcus Pridgett, the younger brother of convicted murderer Jamaal Pridgett, late Friday morning, after he reportedly tied up and assaulted his girlfriend.
A vehicle stop for a busted tail light turned into an arrest on drug charges early Sunday morning on Alcovy Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police are searching for two men who reportedly stole a woman's wallet outside Aldi under the pretense of helping her unload her groceries.
Several Newton County churches are participating in a prayer conference Friday and Saturday designed to unite the local faith community in praying for spiritual awakening.
Rocky Plains Elementary School has been declared all clear after a caller reported a bomb threat around 11:30 a.m., according to school spokeswoman Sherri Davis-Viniard.
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A Newton County man was arrested Thursday night after allegedly wrestling a rolling pin away from his mother and striking her with it.
A Newton County man had a gun pulled on him after following a driver who hit his vehicle and tried to speed away Wednesday.
Marchellus Dennis, violation of probation, balance revoked to Newton County Jail.