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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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NCSO undergoes 8-hour training session

The Newton County Sheriff's Office received training on innovative police strategies, community policing, hiring practices and problem oriented policing recently.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Miracle League registration to begin

The Miracle League in Newton County is one more step closer to becoming a reality.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Farm Bureau makes donation to combat hunger

MACON, Ga. – Newton County Farm Bureau members recently collected donations for the Georgia Food Bank Association during the statewide Harvest for All campaign coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau.

December 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man stabbed at Lawnwood Cemetery

A 26-year old male visiting a gravesite at Lawnwood Cemetery was stabbed in the shoulder by an older male Tuesday.

December 30, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Ringing In the New Year

Whether it's a party, a delicious meal or live music is your way to celebrate, there will be plenty of opportunities to help ring in 2015 in Newton County and the surrounding area.

December 27, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Drug arrest after eviction

A month's long drug investigation came to a close during the evictions and arrest of one Covington man and a woman.

December 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Oxford man arrested after assault

An Oxford man was arrested and is being charged with battery for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in October.

December 27, 2014 | Martin Rand | LOCAL


Track Santa with military grade tech

In this day and age, not even Santa Claus can pass through monitored airspace undetected.

December 24, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Store to close after near century

For 95 years, the Wiley family's General Store has sold Social Circle and the surrounding communities the items of daily life.

December 23, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


Rain till Christmas for Newton County

Showers and thunderstorms over the next day or so are expected to give way to sun by Christmas, as the National Weather Center warned of possible hailstorms Tuesday morning.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Roots that run deep

Oxford is the only city of its kind.

December 20, 2014 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Hope for Christmas

When Rebecca Bates shared the news she had stage two breast cancer in the spring of 2013, her family was worried. For the next year, her husband, Kevin Bates, and children, Gavin and Grace, now 11 and 9 respectively, struggled with their fears as they supported her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

December 20, 2014 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Local man guilty of child molestation

A Social Circle man will serve five years of a 20-year sentence in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of child molestation, the Walton County assistant district attorney confirmed Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Work begins on Hwy. 81 and Crowell Rd.

County Chairman Keith Ellis presided Wednesday over the groundbreaking ceremony for improvements to the notorious intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road in Porterdale, where cars were lined up 10-deep well after rush hour.

December 17, 2014 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Man shot on Cecilia Street

A man was dragged from the bathroom and restrained to the floor, before being shot at a Covington residence Wednesday morning.

December 17, 2014 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


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