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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


‘Love for Mom’ day held on the Square

As a way to promote downtown businesses and eateries, Main Street Covington is working with area shops and restaurants on "Love for Mom," Day, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Porterdale City Hall making termite repairs

There's nothing a termite likes more than a damp, dark place rich.

May 03, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Extent of chemical contamination at SRG Global plant unknown

The Board of Commissioners is preparing to vote on whether to allow SRG Global to carry out testing around its Covington plant to determine the extent of chemical contamination after a 2013 test revealed trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


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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


Newspaper delayed by mechanical problems

Due to mechanical problems with the printing press, print edition of The Covington News will be delivered late this morning.

November 23, 2011 | | LOCAL


Upcoming Arts Association events

Community Band Holiday Concert - December 5, 7:30 p.m. Free. Eastside High School

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle to hold annual tree lighting on Dec. 3

Social Circle will hold its annual tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on the lawn of city hall.

November 23, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunday sales to go into effect in Dec.

Covington and Porterdale voters approved Sunday package sales Nov. 8, but customers can't yet buy any form of alcohol on Sundays and they may not be able to buy liquor on Sunday anytime soon.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Morgan working to reverse gov’t switch

As Newton County's government is transitioning to a county manager form, Chairman Kathy Morgan continues to investigate recourse - including the possibility of a lawsuit - to restore full administrative oversight to the chairman as called for in the county's charter.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Sheriff Brown to seek reelection

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown has announced that he plans to seek reelection as sheriff in the 2012 election.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Middleton on change to county manager

Newly appointed County Manager John Middleton met with department heads and constitutional officers Friday morning to review with them changes made to the county's government.

November 20, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hoodie argument ends in onion dip assault

An argument over a lost hoodie led to a juvenile being hit in the head with a container of French onion dip Thursday.

November 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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