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.
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.
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.
Directly following the funeral of murdered Newton County woman Ketitra Techelle Jones, a semi-automatic handgun was collected and warrants have been issued for one man who reportedly tried to pull it on people attending the gathering.
Several murder cases are moving steadily forward in March with pre-trial hearings in front of Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.
Motorists should be aware of the likelihood of a sharp rise in gasoline prices in the next few days and through the weekend in Atlanta.
The guilty plea entered by Darrell Antonio Crowder in the 2008 murder of his estranged wife has been overturned by the Supreme Court, despite Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton's denial for a new trial in 2010.
Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will visit Newton County Feb. 29 as he campaigns in advance of the March 6 GOP presidential primary.
Michael and Nathanial Hodge aren't your average 19-year-old twins. The Alcovy High School seniors have been self-sufficient and living on their own since they were 16.
After roughly six hours of deliberation, a jury sentenced 44-year-old Rodney Young to die for the bludgeoning and stabbing death of 28-year-old Gary Jones.
Serious crimes in Covington declined in 2011 for the second straight year, but the changes were a mixed bag as thefts and sexual offenses increased, while assaults and property thefts declined.
American Deli, 3154 U.S. Highway 278, Jan. 18. Score 96.
Brian Jeffery Taylor, 22, 260 High Grove Drive, Covington, Jan. 26. Possession of Schedule IV drug Xanax), possession of marijuana felony with intent, possession of firearm or knife, possession of Schedule II drug (oxycodone).
Valencia Johnson experienced her fair share of hurdles before making history and becoming Newton County's first singly-appointed black homecoming queen in 1975.
IN BRIEF: A crash with multiple cars and tractor-trailers on Interstate 20 westbound, just before exit 80 for West Avenue, has shut down a few lanes, according to Conyers police. Emergency personnel are at the scene and tow trucks en route.
Update, 7 p.m.: Rodney Young was sentenced to the death penalty Tuesday evening by a Newton County jury.
A 26-year-old Covington man, the passenger in a single vehicle crash, was killed Saturday night when the car went off McDaniel Mill road into a yard and into a tree. The driver, a 27-year-old Conyers man, was transported by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.
A city of Covington worker was allegedly chased with a knife while out marking the road on Need Street Friday.