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Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


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


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Inside the GBI

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is oft accused of being the reason why investigators can't pinpoint suspects and why evidence isn't processed in time for court, but according to a report given to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, a mere 5 percent of crime lab reports take the GBI more then 180 days, with 88 percent of reports being issued in 90 days or less.

March 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Local sheriff’s deputy completes GPSTC course

Deputy Colin Cunningham of the Newton County Sheriff's Office recently completed a DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

March 03, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


All GPC classes after 5 p.m. canceled

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is in effect Tuesday from noon to midnight.

Rain will change over to snow early Tuesday morning in the west and hold off until afternoon in the east. Once the snow begins accumulations of up to 1 inch can be expected across the advisory area. Snow will begin to taper off late Tuesday into Tuesday night.

March 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


U.S. Rep. John Linder announces retirement

Update: State Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 7th U.S. Congressional District of Georgia, following the retirement announcement of John Linder.

March 02, 2010 | The Associated Press | LOCAL


Newton basketball game now at 6 p.m.

Lowndes County requested that the playoff basketball game against the Newton Rams be moved to an earlier time since it is on a school night.

March 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Cattleman’s Awards Night

Steering committee: Members of the Piedmont Cattleman's Association gathered Jan. 21 for their annual awards ceremony. (Top row, left to right) FFA Member Ronnie Few was honored for identifying the winners of the Hay Contest in order of quality. President of PCA Todd Teasley, left, awards Chris Wallace of Bricton Farms as Purebred Breeder of the Year for 2009. Todd Teasley, right, awards Frank Malcolm of Newborn the Commercial Breeder of the Year Award for 2009. Malcolm is owner of Windy Ridge Farm. (Bottom row, left to right) Robert Cason, long time member and treasurer for 27 years was ...

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau members attend GFB Day at Capitol

Newton County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta, Feb. 17 to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol. While at the Capitol, members of the Newton County Farm Bureau delegation visited with Rep. Doug Holt. Members of the Newton County Farm Bureau who attended the event included Brent Galloway, Charles Berry, Kevin Mitcham and B.J. Marks.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Take a bough

Snapping Shoals EMC in Covington is now the first and only EMC in the state to receive the Tree Line USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for its leadership in caring for trees while meeting service objectives. The Tree Line USA program acknowledges public and private utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The goal of the program is to promote the dual goals of safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees across utility service areas.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Healthy Hearts Ball

More than a dozen pre-K boys and girls dressed up and escorted their parents to the Healthy Hearts Ball at Middle Ridge Elementary School Friday morning. The ball was held as part of American Heart Month and helped to educate the students on keeping their hearts healthy by exercising and eating right.

February 28, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


2010 Georgia Centennial Farm Deadline is April 30

The Georgia Centennial Farm Program was created to draw attention to historic farms and to encourage their preservation. Nominees must be a working farm with a minimum of 10 acres actively involved in agricultural production or generate at least $1,000 in annual income. In addition, farms must be continuously farmed for at least 100 years and owned by members of the same family for at least 100 years or be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

February 28, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Showmanship, sportsmanship

Saturday was the local livestock show at Newton High where 4-H'ers and FFA members showcased their animals.

February 28, 2010 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Crowder wants to withdraw guilty plea

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to the murder of his estranged wife Catcilia in December 2009 but has since made a motion to withdraw that plea, saying now that he is not guilty of the charges and that he was pressured into entering a plea by his attorney.

Crowder was charged with kicking his way into 43-year-old Catcilia's home, chasing her through the house and eventually shooting her several times following a series of angry text messages between the two on Jan. 16, 2008. The couple's 16-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old friend were both in the home at ...

February 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Senior services board unclear about purpose

The previously defunct Newton County Senior Services Board of Directors met for the first time in nearly a year Thursday morning, and the mixture of permanent and temporary members attempted to get the board back on track.

Newly appointed, temporary members Jackie Smith - who is also the county clerk - and Tommy Hailey - who is also the recreation commission director - joined holdovers Vivian Harris, Liz Loescher and Jesse Walton on the BOD.

February 28, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Benefits of burning

Mary Jane Dixon and her brother inherited hundreds of acres of forest land from their parents. Not really knowing what to do with all of the acreage, they decided to become timber farmers.

In 1987, they planted pines. Saw timber fetches the best prices, but farmers have to wait between 20 and 30 years for their trees to be prime market candidates.

February 28, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Blue & Gold Banquet

Supper with Scouts:

February 27, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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