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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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Furniture dumped in councilman's yard

Police responded to a Porterdale City Councilor's house earlier this month when he found furniture dumped on his property.

November 30, 2011 | Douglas Moser and Amber Pittman | LOCAL


‘Tis the Season for Fire Safety: from the CFD

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year fires that occur during the holiday season claim the lives of over 400 Americans, injure 650 more and cause over $990 million in damage.

November 30, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Take a Hike Newton planning Friday event

Take a Hike Newton is a non-profit organization for those within the community who want to start living a more healthy life, but also to enjoy the fun that hiking has to offer. These hikes have been known,for shedding weight while cleaning the environment at the same time. Matchbook Pr + Media's CEO, Taylor Owenby, lost a significant amount of weight, and it started from hiking. Matchbook is now affiliated with Take a Hike Newton.

November 30, 2011 | Kaylyn Hinz Guest writer | LOCAL


Spotlight: Bear Creek Golf Course

Bear Creek Golf Course, located in Monroe, didn't always look the way it does today.

November 30, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Farming a family tradition

Hard workers aren't made, but born.

November 27, 2011 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy honors locals on Veterans Day

Piedmont Academy's Senior and Junior Y-Clubs hosted a breakfast at the school on Veterans' Day for area veterans. Ms. Julie's K-5 class led the Pledge of Allegiance. Each veteran stood and shared in which branch of the military he/she served, number of years served and in which war, if any, they served.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Satsuki Garden Club donates to Benton House

On Oct. 14, the Satsuki Garden Club met at the Library for their meeting and arranged flowers in vases for the residents of the Benton House. The club purchased flowers from A Bouquet by Betty and the flower shop, in turn, gave a most generous amount of yellow carnations to add to the project.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Special Olympic Equestrian Team rides in Perry

The Newton County Special Olympic Equestrian Team consists of 12 athletes with various special needs and disabilities but also great talents.

November 27, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man with walker threatens police officers

A 60-year-old man with a walker was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly threatening officers from the Covington Police Department.

November 27, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Holiday Tip of the Week - Nov. 27

My favorite gifts are those that people have made themselves. Homemade gifts demonstrate caring, creativity, and passion. You don't have to be super crafty to pull together a meaningful (and frugal!) gift for your friends and family. Think about what you can do and go from there. Do you bake, cook, or scrapbook? Offer homemade cookies, soup, or a small book. Are you handy with a camera? Give a small framed print. Can you offer baby sitting? Give a coupon for a night of service. A DIY Christmas gift is the frugal and thoughtful way to go this year.

November 27, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


Shining through service

Servants like Rucker Ginn are the soul of Covington. They've spent their whole lives building a community, working in town, building a family there and serving in their churches and community service organizations.

November 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


City to provide wireless service on square

Free, wireless internet service will soon be available on the Covington square and could be expanded elsewhere downtown courtesy of the city of Covington.

November 26, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local council of Knights of Columbus celebrates 16

The Covington council of the Knights of Columbus is a community service organization that has 50 members and about 16 years of service.

November 24, 2011 | Douglas Moser | LOCAL


City has $9 million left from '07 Cable sale

Covington sold its cable TV system to Charter Communications for $27. 2 million in August 2007, and after four years of land purchases, paying down debt and airport improvements $8.9 million remain.

November 24, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


True Newton Blue

The Newton boys' basketball team honored Becky Rutledge, widow of former longtime administrator J.W. Rutledge, for donating new blazers and ties in a pre-game ceremony Tuesday. She donated a new set of the patented blue blazers and ties Newton players and coaches wear before games to replace the set the Rutledge family donated several years ago.

November 24, 2011 | Anthoney Banks | LOCAL


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