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.
Parking rules on and around the square are changing this week, and those not following the rules will receive warnings followed by fines.
Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown engaged in some patrol work Saturday night, helping Covington police arrest a man on multiple charges.
Bag 'em up: Covington Rotarians Wayne Pugh, President Bob Stafford, kneeling, and Terry Ozburn, along with volunteer members of the Eastside Football team gathered in the hot sun Tuesday and distributed 840 bags of Vidalia Onions to fellow Rotarians. The Rotarians have been selling onions in the community for over 50 years in order to raise funds to conduct their annual Christmas stocking delivery. This year the price is $18 for a 25 pound bag of fresh picked onions. Contact any Rotarian to order your onions.
ATLANTA (AP) - The state Board of Regents has approved a plan to let four two-year colleges in Georgia begin offering bachelor's degrees.
Two men were arrested Monday afternoon, after calling 911 for help during a fight.
ATLANTA - Authorities have released the name of the woman killed by falling debris when a construction crew demolished an abandoned home in Atlanta.
ATLANTA - The Skip Barber Racing School is leaving Connecticut and moving to Georgia.
MARIETTA - Police in Cobb County say a seven-hour standoff at an apartment has ended peacefully.
Officers say a man with a shotgun had barricaded himself inside a unit at an apartment complex on Akers Mill Road Monday evening, along with a woman and a 4-year-old boy.
A man who was reportedly viewing explicit images on his laptop computer Saturday at a Covington doughnut shop was arrested on a charge of distributing obscene material and had his computer confiscated by police.
ATLANTA - Georgia's Environmental Protection Division says the Air Quality Index for metropolitan Atlanta is 101.
ATLANTA - An Atlanta preacher whose church caught fire in January is awaiting a court appearance after being charged with shooting a 13-year-old who police say threw a rock that broke the rear window of the preacher's car while he was driving.
ATLANTA - The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office says a woman found dead in an Atlanta house after it was demolished was killed by falling debris.
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County woman accused of killing her infant daughter in 2009 is scheduled for trial this week.
The magic is back: The park behind the library was a construction site on Saturday afternoon as builders young and old made fairy houses from natural materials. In addition, the young builders could enjoy storytelling, a petting zoo, a gnome house and a fairy tunnel and a maypole.
Brenda Sumner is going to get a lot of love for Mother's Day.