In early May, Porterdale Police Officer Trevor Jones reported to his chief he was under investigation by the GBI and U. S. Post Office. When the results of a urine test came back positive, Police Chief Jason Cripps said he had no choice.
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Porterdale officials are still planning to have a fireworks show tonight around 9:30 p.m., despite this afternoon's storms.
The City of Porterdale met in executive session Tuesday, but without Mayor Pro Tem Robert Foxworth.
Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps has been verbally reprimanded for fraternizing with city council members and presenting an unprofessional image.
Dog days: The ride to Provide has outfitted K-9 units in Rockdale County, Porterdale and Social Circle with first aid kits for their four-legged partners. Each kit cost $115. Donations can be mailed to We Ride To Provide, Inc., 15 Huntington Place, Covington, Ga. 30016. They can be reached at (770) 900-6494 or find them on Facebook. (Above from left) Rockdale County Sgt. Dougherty with K-9 Jimmy, Holly Cripps, Rockdale County Deputy Reed with K-9 Rudy and Porterdale Police Sgt. Jason Cripps with K-9 Beau.
The city of Porterdale has an opening for the solicitor position, as former Porterdale Municipal Court Solicitor Qader Baig has resigned.
The Learning Center, Newton County's only early literacy nonprofit organization, will offer performances of "Go, Dog. Go!" at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday at the Porterdale Mill Lofts.
Porterdale played host to the third annual Ride to Provide Saturday to benefit Porterdale police officers.
Jazz trumpter Marcus Printup and jack-of-all-trades musician Timothy Adams Jr. performed a variety of songs at the Porterdale Mill Lofts Friday night. All proceeds went to the Washington Street Community Center. They were joined by other local jazz musicians.
K-9 officers play a vital role in law enforcement agencies, and Porterdale Police Department's annual Ride to Provide will benefit those four-legged officers this year.
The Reader's Digest We Hear You America competition has been extended through May, and Porterdale still has a chance to win part of $7.5 million in financial support.
They're off! The Arts Association of Newton County hosted the annual Art on the River event at the Porterdale Mill Lofts on Saturday night. The theme for this year's event was The Kentucky Derby. For more photos of the event, visit www.covnews.com.
No place like home: Munchkins from Porterdale Elementary school practice for their roles in The Wizard of Oz, which the school will proudly present on May 14. The show is open to the public, and tickets will be sold for $5 at the door. Concessions will be available.
A lengthy investigation into allegations against Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ronald Savage has found that although problems exist, they are mainly due to a lack of training, an issue that falls back on the city council.
Porterdale councilwoman Arline Chapman is an avid reader who will read anything you give her. She wanted the children of Porterdale to have the same opportunity.
Home grown effort: The Porterdale Farmer's Market held it's grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Market Manager Helen Weitkamp (left) and City Councilwoman Arline Chapman (right) stated the market had been a tremendous success so far, and had high hopes the market would continue to do well. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.