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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


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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Former Gov. Barnes treated for prostate cancer

ATLANTA - Former Gov. Roy Barnes says he's been treated for prostate cancer but is hopeful he has "whipped" the disease.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Contest on to design Ga. car tags

ATLANTA - The governor is inviting the public to leave their mark on car bumpers across the state in the search for Georgia's new license plate.

May 24, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Hot weekend for air conditioner thefts

The Newton County Sheriff's Office filed police reports regarding air conditioner thefts from vacant homes in Lakeside Crossing early Saturday.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Vandals active over weekend

Vandals wielding cans of spray paint were busy over the weekend, defacing cars, homes, lawn decorations and neighborhood and county signs, according to police.

May 23, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Record timber loss in Georgia

A state agency said timber owners across Georgia are suffering record losses after nature delivered a nasty one-two punch this spring.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Macon man drowns trying to rescue kids

MACON, Ga. - Authorities say a 24-year-old man drowned in Lake Tobesofkee outside of Macon while trying to save three children.

May 23, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Court Sentencings - May 22

Robert D. Perry, burglary, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $1,000. Possession of cocaine, 20 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of tools for the commission of a crime, 5 years confinement, concurrent. Stay away order.

May 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton property values decline again

Property tax assessments were sent out May 10, and the results in Newton County were similar to the past two years as 85 to 90 percent of all parcels declined in value.

May 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP hosts health forum

On April 30, the Newton County NAACP hosted a community-wide health forum to raise awareness of Snapping Shoals EMC's plan to build two new coal-fired power plants. Presenters explained that pre-development costs have already totaled over $8 million - about $100 per customer - and that burning coal emits toxic air pollutio, which can cause asthma attacks and heart disease, and mercury, which can cause the permanent loss of intelligence in young children. Attendees were encouraged to use the energy savings programs Snapping Shoals offers on its website, ssemc.com, in order to reduce the need for new generations, and to ...

May 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Renaissance Festival

A short drive South down Interstate 85 can become a time machine to take you back to the age of knights in armor, chivalry and swordplay. The annual Georgia Renaissance Festival has returned to Fairburn.

May 21, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


The News wins AP Story of the Year

The Augusta Chronicle, The Times of Gainesville, The Daily Citizen of Dalton and The Covington News have received story of the year honors in the 2010 Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

May 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water authority raising rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is raising water and sewer rates July 1 in response to increased costs, including a higher purchase price from Newton County.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunny, but smog alert today

It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.

May 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pocket dial leads to Hall drug arrest

Talk about a smart phone. This one called police as its owner, now a drug suspect in jail, was involved in an alleged illegal transaction.

Hall County 911 got a call about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when the operator answered, no one was on the other end of the line.

May 20, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Fulton coach charged with assault

ATLANTA - A high school assistant football coach who reportedly pointed a BB gun at a plalyer's head and jaw has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

May 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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