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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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Thieves seen stealing rails

As the Norfolk Southern railroad line continues to lie vacant, weeds are overtaking the rails and thieves are literally taking them.

September 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


No one injured in house fire Sunday

Up in smoke: Firefighters with the city of Covington received a call to a house fire on Conyers and Elm streets Sunday evening. When they arrived, they found the house in flames. Although initial reports indicated there was someone trapped inside, it was later found that no one was inside. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cost of prostate cancer care varies with treatment choice

A new analysis has found that short-term and long-term costs of prostate cancer care vary considerably based on which treatment strategy a man initially receives. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study finds that treatments that may be less expensive in the short-term may have higher long-term costs.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rep. Jim Marshall leads delegation to Afghanistan

U.S. Representative Jim Marshall, who recently led a Congressional Delegation trip to the Middle East including visits to both Afghanistan and Pakistan, had the following to say about his recent visit to both countries:

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fights break out following Friday football game

Two fights occurred Friday night near Sharp Stadium following the Newton and Eastside High schools football game, one of which may have been gang-related, Covington police reported today.

September 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bank bandit suspect unmasked

A masked bandit who robbed an Atlanta bank today apparently used an ATM machine moments before while unmasked.

September 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Scout: Covington courthouse perfect for ‘Footloose’

Once again, it was Covington's scenic courthouse and town square that nabbed the city a part in a prominent film.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Mayors discuss SPLOST, railroad

The county is having a SPLOST work session at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Historic Courthouse, and Newton County's mayors are preparing to make a united stand to make sure they receive their fair share of SPLOST dollars.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


New ownership

The former Komastu forklift plant in Lochridge Industrial Park was purchased for $4 million by local business Kelly Products, owned by Keith Kelly.

Kelly could not be reached for comment during the past few weeks, but he appears to be the owner of several local companies including Contract Packaging, Kelly Products and Kelly Registration Services, according to county tax documents and various company websites.

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Rivers Alive!

Over 300 volunteers helped clean up local waterways last year, and coordinators are expecting even more to participate in Rivers Alive this year. Volunteers in Covington will kick-off river cleanup events at the Covington square at 8 a.m. on Oct. 2.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cornish Creek water treatment facility expansion dedication Tues.

There will be a dedication of the expansion project to Newton County's Cornish Creek Water Treatment Facility at Lake Varner at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man arrested after scissors stabbing

A 28-year-old man remains incarcerated at the Newton County Detention Center after being arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly stabbing someone in the head with a pair of scissors.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a home on Clane Drive in reference to a man being stabbed. When they arrived they reportedly found some people standing on the porch waving their arms for help and when officers walked up to the house they found a man sitting there holding a bloody towel against the left side of his head.

September 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Bankrupting of Bob Riddell

Bob Riddell is fed up with the way the city's been treating him and he's making it known. As the owner of Dixie Jet Services, the firm that operates the Covington Municipal Airport, Riddell has been struggling to operate his business during a down economy, a runway construction project that went months past deadline and a threat of early termination looming over his head.

Riddell said he's had to sell off assets, including planes and even personal property, and take out a significant chunk of loans, just to weather the year that the airport has been either ...

September 05, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Three murder trials to be heard in September

Several trials are scheduled to take place in Newton County Superior Court this month.

September 05, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Top Brass

Band of brothers: The Jazz Guardians, part of the Army Ground Forces Band based out of Fort McPherson, performed Thursday on the square in Newton County. The band dazzled the audience with an excited, practiced performance. Every Thursday during the month of September, the Arts Association of Newton County will sponsor a luncheon concert on the square. The events are free and begin at noon.

September 05, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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