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.
Santa will be making his annual trip around the world this Saturday night. Most of us dream about such a journey, but Santa is working under time constraints with a fully loaded sleigh and just nine reindeer (now that Rudolph has joined his ranks). He sat down with the Covington News recently to answer questions about himself and his tricks of the trade.
A call from a concerned woman who thought there was a chemical fire in her apartment complex led to the arrest of three people for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute Dec 21.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners also approved spending up to $474,920 in 2011 SPLOST money for the architectural and engineering design of expansion of the Newton County Judicial Center.
The home at 1121 Cooper Road in Social Circle was destroyed in a fire Wednesday evening.
Due to the upcoming holidays, The Covington News will be adjusting our schedule for the rest of the year.
Help from a witness and persistent investigation led to the arrest of a Covington man wanted for robbing a woman at gunpoint at the Conyers Wal-Mart Monday.
Two women were charged and two others reprimanded after being caught stealing at Kroger Saturday evening.
Toyous Raneard Avery, 37, 265 Forest Rook Drive, Covington, Dec. 13. Court sentenced to 48 hours.
You can always tell the theme of a restaurant within seconds of walking through that front door.
"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." That quote, by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired the spirit of a Newton County scholarship given in King's name and about to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Gasoline prices have fallen below $3 a gallon for the first time since early this year, and the steady decline is expected to continue through the end of the year.
The Porter Memorial Branch Library was officially awarded LEED Gold certification Wednesday, becoming the second library in Georgia to receive that level of environmental honor.
An overturned truck has halted traffic on I-20 West near the Almond Rd exit.
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