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.
The threat of rain didn't stop the 15th annual JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship) Day from continuing at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Saturday.
Antique farm equipment will be showcased at an Agricultural Celebration on the Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Covington.
Porterdale Elementary School students will be putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" at 6 p.m. Saturday Tickets cost $5 and will be available at the door. The performance will be held at the Newton High School auditorium. Concessions will be available.
Lessons on the outdoors are combined with play at the annual JAKES Day event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield.
ATHENS - University of Georgia researchers are tracking an outbreak of caterpillars that pose a threat to the health of oak trees in the state.
ATLANTA - His eyes red and voice wavering, Roger McDowell returned as the Braves' pitching coach Friday and apologized for his crude conduct that led to a suspension. He spent a "very humbling" two weeks away from the game and promised there will be no repeat of such actions.
ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, calling it "a rather historic moment," on Friday signed a bill that cracks down on illegal immigration in the state by increasing some enforcement powers and requiring many employers to check the immigration status of new hires.
"While I believe immigration is an issue that can ideally be identified and addressed - and should be addressed- at the federal level, this legislation I believe is a responsible step forward in the absence of federal action," Deal told reporters who crowded elbow-to-elbow into his office for the signing.
Newton County's special athletes are losing an advocate and a friend to retirement, Pam Dew.
After taking the Eagles to the second round of the Class AAA baseball playoffs the past three years, Eastside head coach Michael Poor is stepping aside.
Newton's finest players: T.K. Adams conducted the Newton County Honor Band during the concert Thursday on the square. Made up of students from Newton, Eastside and Alcovy High schools, the honor band was conducted by all three schools' band directors as well as Adams.
General Mills was the winner in the Covington Family YMCA's Corporate Cup division of the 2011 Cheerios Challenge.
Tameka S. Cullins, keeping a disorderly house (misdemeanor), 12 months probation, $1,000, first offender treatment.
Redistricting discussions are beginning to heat up, and Newton County will have its first redistricting workshop at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express, 9159 Access Road N.W. in Covington.
ATLANTA - Georgia's long-held reputation as a draw for young professionals is on the line as those in their 20s and 30s appear to be looking elsewhere for opportunities.
Laid-off workers in Newton County may be able to get a temporary job cleaning and repairing public property damaged by the late April storms.