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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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Newton 4-H'ers take project honors

As I wrote my column last week at Rock Eagle during Junior Senior 4-H Project Achievement, one 4-H'er walked by, clearly upset.

March 10, 2012 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Daylight saving time begins 2 a.m. Sunday

Tonight while many Newton County residents are sleeping, time will "spring forward." At 2 a.m. this morning, most of America will set their clocks forward one hour for daylight savings time.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Great American Cleanup needs volunteers

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter March 24 during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's event will be at 9 a.m. at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 10, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Public assistance sought for missing teen

Officials are seeking assistance as they try to locate a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her home Tuesday.

March 09, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GBI arrests former RCSO deputy

IN BRIEF: The deputy who was fired after an investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a Heritage High School student was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations for charges of lying to investigators.

March 09, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Two arrested for meth possession

Covington Police Department arrested a man and his wife for possession of methamphetamine less than one ounce with intent to distribute at Covington Lodge after responding to an anonymous call March 3.

March 08, 2012 | Joy Bratcher | LOCAL


Volunteer for Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up roadside litter during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff event will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 24 at Longhorn Steakhouse.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gas prices are up; expected to keep rising

Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have risen 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.70/g Monday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.71/g, according to gasoline price website AtlantaGasPrices.com.

March 07, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GOP to host skeet shoot fundraiser

The Newton County GOP is hosting a skeet shoot and barbecue banquet dinner March 23 at the South River Gun Club to support gun rights and revive its scholarship fund.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Man shoots self in leg, faces host of charges

A 30-year-old man was hospitalized after shooting himself in the leg Friday evening. But rather then end there, the story got more complicated, according to reports from the Covington Police Department.

March 07, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council considers CNG fueling station

The city will examine the possibility of building a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station and converting some of its fleet to run on CNG in an effort to save money and possibly even produce future revenue.

March 07, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Gingrich takes Newton with 59 percent

Newt Gingrich took Newton County Tuesday with overwhelming support, capturing 59.4 percent of the vote on his way to winning Georgia's primary with 48 percent of the vote.

March 06, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


DOT worker in bucket truck fall airlifted

A DOT worker was airlifted to Grady after falling from a bucket truck that was struck by a tractor trailer around 11 a.m.

March 06, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen arrested for bestiality

A Lithonia teen was arrested Saturday afternoon after neighbors reported seeing him having sex with dogs.

March 05, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Salman Rushdie in Oxford tonight

Internationally-acclaimed author Sir Salman Rushdie will appear on the campus of Oxford College at 7 p.m. in the Oxford chapel. He will participate in a literary conversation on literature and the arts with Lucas Carpenter, PhD, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English at Oxford College and Christine Loflin, PhD, Oxford associate professor of English. A reception will follow immediately after in the Oxford College Library, where Rushdie will sign copies of his books, which will be on sale by the Oxford College Bookstore.

March 05, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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