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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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Troubled bridges over water

After a canopy fell off a relatively new bridge last summer in Atlanta, state transportation officials began an extensive review of bridges around Georgia that may be susceptible to similar failures.

February 04, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Elks Aidmore to expand service area

Elks Aidmore recently finalized its contract with the state to provide therapeutic foster care in the Conyers, Covington, Athens area with an expansion into Valdosta in late spring.

February 03, 2012 | | LOCAL


Teen robbed by 10 people

A Newton County teen was hospitalized after reportedly being beaten and robbed by nine females and one male after a party.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Man arrested for alleged molestation

A Tennessee man was arrested and charged with child molestation he allegedly committed in 2003.

February 03, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Newton County GOP to vet candidates

The Newton County Republican Party wants to make sure this year's crop of Republican candidates is truly conservative.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Romney leads race, but Gingrich popular locally

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney dominated the Republican primary in Florida, but contender Newt Gingrich, a native Georgian, showed well in The Covington News' online poll.

February 03, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


10-year-old girl beats student on bus

A 10-year-old girl was charged with simple battery Monday after reportedly assaulting a fellow student on the school bus Jan. 25.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Rockdale officer, student investigated

IN BRIEF: A Rockdale County Sheriff's School Resource Officer working at Heritage High School has been placed on administrative leave during an investigation into accusations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

February 02, 2012 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Covington Sears to close March 27

Covington's Sears will close March 27 because of underperformance and is discounting prices in an effort to move its inventory.

February 02, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Police seek man for shooting

Authorities are searching for the men who reportedly shot a Newton County man in the butt Monday night.

February 02, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


A new habitat

Sequetta White and her family needed a new home. Six women can only live for so long in a house with one bathroom, no central heating and black trash bags over the moldy windows.

February 01, 2012 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Antique roadshow hits Covington

"There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up and the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles."

February 01, 2012 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Water tank to hold emergency reserve

The county is about halfway done with a massive water storage tank on Kirkland Road near Salem Road, a move that officials said will maintain stability in the water system in the heavily-populated western portion of the county.

February 01, 2012 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


Man fights with wife’s boyfriend

Charles Cory Williams was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly getting in a fight with his wife's boyfriend.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


No charges yet in fatal car accident

Charges have yet to be brought against Eastside High School senior McKenzie Crowe in the Saturday morning accident that took the life of 56-year-old Alison (Bell) Campbell, but according to a spokesman from the Georgia State Patrol, they are still pending.

February 01, 2012 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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