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Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


BOC hears in house attorney proposal

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.

May 07, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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


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Archive By Section - LOCAL


Yoga month at the Y

September is National Yoga Month, and the Covington Y will celebrate this week with yoga prize drawings, yoga guest passes and informational brochures on the benefits of yoga.

September 28, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mom threatens son with knife

A mother remains jailed after allegedly threatening her teen son with a knife because he didn't do his chores.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Teen caught urinating on tree

A Newton County teen was arrested for public drunk after officers saw him urinating on a tree next to Checkers.

September 28, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Blazing the trail

Over the years, Susan Boss noticed a disturbing pattern among many of her customers. Every time she turned around, another customer had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

September 25, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


County to buy 34 NCSO cars w/ SPLOST

Newton County is planning to spend the first of its 2011 SPLOST collections - $811,835 - by purchasing 34 new cars for the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton to get good return on T-SPLOST

Only a handful of residents attended Thursday night's T-SPLOST open house at Georgia Perimeter College despite the fact the additional penny tax will totally revamp transportation funding in the state and will greatly affect major regional thoroughfares.

September 25, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Honor flight departs from American Legion

Twenty-five World War II veterans, including several from Newton County, and their guardians flew to Washington, D.C. from Atlanta on Thursday in the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Conyers. The group left the American Legion Post 77 at 5 a.m., escorted by police, and spent the day in Washington D.C. visiting monuments and memorials such as the World War II memorial. The veterans, who came from across the metro Atlanta region and the state and ranged from ages 84 - 97, returned at 11:30 p.m travel-weary but proud.

September 25, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Two airlifted in weekend car accidents

Over the weekend, two separate car accidents resulted in area residents being airlifted to Atlanta hospitals

September 23, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Church helping boy with severe spasms

Tiffany Smith talks like a seasoned health care professional. This local mother of two young boys can spout off the complicated, often times impossibly long, names of disorders, procedures and medications that would leave most people tongue tied. Tiffany came by her knowledge the hard way. Not through years of formal education, but rather seven years of loving, nurturing and understanding her first born son's medical condition.

September 23, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Fire burns down house on Ga. 212

A home at 7245 Ga. Highway 212 was destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning, causing the road to be closed between 3:20 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

September 22, 2011 | | LOCAL


Fire department asking for community's help for grant

The Covington Fire Department is calling on the people of Covington to help them win a $10,000 grant from Liberty Mutual's Be Fire Smart Safety Pledge program.

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log - Sept. 21

Crystal Gail Shackleford, Kimberly Linn Shelton, 34, 1288 Cannon Farm Road, Oxford, Sept. 12. Possession of marijuana less than one ounce, possession of Schedule I & II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to distribute

September 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Legislators discuss redistricting maps

Five of Newton County's state legislators, including new additions Rep. Steve Davis (R-McDonough) and Sen. Ronald Ramsey (D-Lithonia), introduced themselves and talked about the new redistricting maps Tuesday at the Covington Rotary Club.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton’s top teachers

Three Newton County teachers were surprised and excited Monday - more so than usual, of course - when they were named finalists for the county's 2012 Teacher of the Year award.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stubborn thieves refuse jail reprieve

Thieves were busy again this weekend stealing more than $38,250 in 18 separate cases.

September 21, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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