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Newton finance department shown support

The Form of Government committee agreed to forego recommending an independent comptroller in favor of supportive language advocating for increased training and resources for the finance department.

June 16, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man flees from police, charged with DUI

A Covington Police Officer patrolling Brown Bridge Road using a license plate reader was alerted when a Hyundai Santa Fe drove by into a Chevron gas station at Brown Bridge Road and Turner Lake Road shortly before 8 a.m. Monday.

June 16, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Changes to fishing, hunting licenses

The Georgia Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on proposed changes to hunting and fishing licensing.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman refuses to pay while arrested

COVINGTON- Elizabeth Gilchrist was arrested for an outstanding warrant while a taxi cab waited for her outside the Quick Trip on Hwy. 278, after she had ran up a metered cost of $17.50.

June 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Ex-employees accused of burglary

COVINGTON- Several items were stolen from Horizon Cabinets on City Pond Road in Covington by people who are believed to be ex-employees early Sunday morning.

June 15, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Hamilton named Rotary Nurse of the Year

COVINGTON- Connie Hamilton was named the 2015 Rotary Nurse of the Year by the Rotary Club of Covington this week. Presenting the award was Rotary member and Merryvale Assisted Living Executive Director Gena mcLendon.

June 15, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Historical features, thrillers, and comedies to film in metro Atlanta

Georiga.org is reporting that the HBO miniseries, "Lewis and Clark," will film in the metro area in the next few weeks. According to Gina Hartsell, camera ready liaison for the Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council, some of the scenes will be shot in Conyers/Rockdale County. Other locations include the Pacific Northwest, Alberta and Missouri.

June 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Mill Village Newsletter

With the resurgence of river activities in Porterdale, the mill village has become a gathering place for many events.

June 14, 2015 | Candace Hanson | LOCAL


Porterdale sets area for drinking on 4th

COVINGTON- A resolution allowing the consumption of alcohol in a designated special event zone during the Fourth of July Festival was approved by the Porterdale City Council at a special called meeting, Tuesday, June 9.

June 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Clock ticking on landfill upgrades

COVINGTON- Time is running out for Newton County to begin mandated upgrades to its landfill, according to the engineers who oversaw the successful application for the permit to expand it.

June 14, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Newton form of gov. committee making progress

June 12, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work to begin on I-20 bridge in Covington

Covington-Bridge Reconstruction Requires Weekend Closures at I-20 Exit 90

June 11, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mike Cash Office Products seized

Monroe-Mike Cash Office Products, in Monroe, has been seized by state agents after its owners Mike Cash, Sr. and Deborah Cash were arrested for theft by conversion Thursday.

June 11, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


Covington man says gun was pointed at him in shower

COVINGTON- A Covington man told the Covington Police Department that while in the shower at a house he was staying in, a group of boys opened the shower curtain and had a gun pointed at him, and were also recording it on a cell phone.

June 10, 2015 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton County mulling tax increase

Newton County could see the County M&O millage increase from 11.225 to 12.990, bringing the total millage without fire services and schoolboard to 13.491, unless the board can find additional cuts in the budget for next year.

June 10, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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Employees cut after rollback budget approved

Pink slips, sad goodbyes and voices on the edge of tears greeted dozens of county employees during the two days following the approval of the $46.3 million rollback rate budget by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.

June 18, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Laughter: The best medicine

Some say that laughter is the best medicine. Many dismiss the saying, though never intentionally. There is just so much to do, so much to worry about, and there just not enough time in the day to waste it on laughing. Besides, what exactly is there to laugh about?

June 18, 2010 | Sabastian Wee swee@covnews.com | LOCAL


Newton County's Most Wanted

The most wanted feature appears in The Covington News in the second-to-last Friday of every month. To view the most wanted list for this month, view the PDF to the left.

June 18, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


I-20 resurfacing in DeKalb Co. to begin Friday night

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation announces the resurfacing project on I-20, between Columbia Drive and Turner Hill Road in DeKalb County, will begin Friday at 9 p.m. with a double left lane closure westbound from Turner Hill Road to the Farrington Road overpass.

"Two lanes will always be open to traffic during the construction but we are expecting very heavy traffic in the area," said DOT District Construction Engineer Mickey McGee. "We encourage motorists to use alternate routes or to avoid the project area altogether."

June 17, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


BOC approves rollback budget; see attached budget documents

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a $46.3 million budget, which will use the 10.9 rollback millage rate, and cut about 50 employees. The board won't officially adopt the 10.9 rollback rate until the July 6 BOC meeting because the budget now has to be re-advertised in The News for a minimum of 14 days.

Commissioners Mort Ewing and Tim Fleming voted against the budget, and both expressed preference for the 9.73 millage rate budget which would have been a $43.5 million budget.

June 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Fire engulfs car's engine compartment

Around 7:30 a.m. this morning the Covington Fire Department responded to a car fire. On arrival, they found the engine compartment fully engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished with no issues.

The owner stated that she had a leak in a power steering hose which made the car smoke on occasion. She was in the process of saving to fix the problem. The owner stated that she walked in her office and then returned to find the car on fire.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Tattoo gives away man’s identity

A man arrested Saturday afternoon vehemently denied being the person authorities were looking for, even though he had a tattoo of his name in plain view on his calf.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Suspects charged in Clements murder now in court

It has been just over a year since Conyers landscaper Timothy Clements, 53, was found murdered and dumped in a creek. One person has pleaded guilty, but three others are still accused of the crime and are currently making their way though the Newton County judicial system.

June 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Juanita Bynum to hold book signing at Mall at Stonecrest

Dr. Juanita Bynum II will perform live music from her newly released EP, Soul Cry, at the Mall at Stonecrest on Saturday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Following Bynum's live performance, guests are invited to access the VIP meet and greet with purchase and receipt of her new book, No More Sheets II: Starting Over from Borders Stonecrest.

June 16, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Prior millage rates tell interesting history

There has been a lot of discussion about the rollback millage rate and whether the county should approve it. Although it's called the rollback rate, the 10.9 rate would obviously be higher than the current 9.73 rate.

However, the 10.9 rate is the rate necessary to bring the county the same amount of property tax revenue as it collected the year before. Property tax revenue in this past fiscal year was projected to be nearly $27.7 million, around 57 percent of the budget.

June 15, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Woman who attempted to rob bank caught

A woman who attempted to rob the United Bank located in Newton Plaza on June 10 was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted robbery.

June 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Interstate 20 east near Wal-Mart has one lane open

A trailer carried by a pickup truck caught fire near exit 96 eastbound on Interstate 20.

June 14, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


U.S. C-SOG dynamic cell extraction training to be held in Newton

Sheriff Ezell Brown is inviting local law enforcement agencies to participate in Dynamic Cell Extraction training at the Newton County Sheriff's Office on July 27. The training will be conducted by United States Corrections-Special Operations Group. Presently, 12 agencies will be participating in the eight-hour instructional course.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO offering second firearms safety course

Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office are offering a Citizens Firearm Safety Course for 2010. These classes will consist of information on laws governing the use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semiautomatic pistols. Additionally, participants will have a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff Firing Range.

June 13, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Creative and Colorful Kids

Many rising first through sixth-graders from all over Newton County packed up their musical, dramatic and artistic talents and traveled to Oxford College this week for the 12th annual Creative Kids Camp, held by the Arts Association in Newton County.

June 13, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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