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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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Eastside seeks fast start tonight in new region

This time last year, Eastside High School football was surrounded by question marks. Were the Eagles a one-hit wonder? Was their 2008 success all about Justin Wray and the six other players who went off to play college football? Was Git Aiken a soft running back?
After a 1-2 start, the Eagles answered those questions by going undefeated in Region 8-AAA play and making it all the way to the Class AAA semifinals. Entering tonight's game with Locust Grove though, some of those questions have reemerged.
Aiken turned out to be the most prolific back in Eastside history and ...

September 10, 2010 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 10

Salem High School football players eagerly watch last week's game from the sidelines. The team has been gearing up this week and will play at home against Habersham County tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Newton County Football tonight:

September 10, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Part of highway named after Roy, Aaron Varner

The memory of Roy Varner spans the county, and now his name does, too.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Wig-wearing bandits strike again

Wig-wearing bandits who have robbed several banks in the metro Atlanta area since July struck again on Wednesday at a bank in Gwinnett County.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Libraries celebrate September as library card sign up month

September is National Library Card Sign Up Month - a time when the American Library Association and the Newton County Library System want to make sure that all children, teens and adults in Newton County have the smartest card of all - a library card.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man gets 20-years for attacking Ala. jail guard with mop

A Covington man who is a suspect in 2009 robberies of the Covington Holiday Inn Express and Doster's Store in Newton County has been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for attacking a guard in an Alabama jail with a mop.

September 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Council votes to end airport contract

Aviation customers will soon have a different experience at the Covington Municipal Airport, following the Covington City Council's 3-2 vote Wednesday to end its contract with airport operator Dixie Jet Services.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Preparing for the harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. announces the opening of Artful Harvest, the annual juried art exhibit sponsored by United Bank. This year's show will be held at the Newton County Library, 7116 Floyd St., until Sept. 29. All Newton County artists are welcome and encouraged to exhibit, as are artists from throughout the state. Applications are available at Southern Heartland Art Gallery or online at www.southernheartlandart.com.

September 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 9

Alcovy's Dallas Hardin strains as she pitches a ball to a Union Grove batter during Wednesday night's softball game.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 09, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 8

Susan Wahl gets help hanging a framed photograph at Southern Heartland Arts' annual Artful Harvest art show which will be on display in the library until September 30.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 08, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Literacy Festival is this weekend

Covington will celebrate the written word on Saturday with the seventh annual Literacy Festival.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Meet the Kid Cavalier

Parents in search for some good, spooky fun just in time for Halloween need look no further than the square on Saturday, when local author Erik Oliver will be signing copies of his children's Halloween book, "Kid Cavalier on a Halloween Quest," at Mayfield Ace Hardware.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sisters squabble after alleged voodoo ritual

Two sisters got into a physical altercation after one allegedly attempted to perform a voodoo ritual on the other.

September 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Well watered

Newton County recently completed a $12 million expansion of its main water treatment plant, a project that will ensure the county has adequate water for the next five years.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Denny Dobbs Park grand opening set for Saturday

The Rev. Ronny Brannen of Prospect United Methodist Church is excited about the opening of Denny Dobbs Park and he's doing his best to make sure everyone knows it.

Prospect is hosting the park's grand opening ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday at the park, located on Georgia Highway 212 across from Oak Hill Elementary School.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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