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.
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.
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.
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.
Newton County's landfill manager James Peters resigned suddenly this week following months of speculation and debate over the future of the landfill.
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.
Conyers Middle School in on lockdown after a gun was reported to have been fired inside the school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There's nothing a termite likes more than a damp, dark place rich.
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.
Fourth festivities kicked off Monday with a parade in Oxford.
ATLANTA - Two former Georgia employees have pleaded guilty to stealing about $600,000 in food stamps.
Marquel Peters was 4 years old when a celebratory bullet came through the roof of a church and killed him. If Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has anything to say about it, such a tragedy isn't going to happen in Newton County.
The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.
When Covington celebrates our nation's independence with a fireworks display tonight, there will be an unseen choreographer dashing about coordinating the display. Here's what goes on behind the show. Click here for a guide to Covington's display and to other Fourth festivities in the area.
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The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.
The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.
The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.
ATLANTA - Georgia Power says building two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta could take longer and cost more than expected.
SAVANNAH - Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed after two dogs attacked children on a Savannah playground last month.
BUFORD - An explosion early today left three injured and flattened a home in Buford.
For nearly 30 years, Bethlehem Baptist Church's Youth Summer Feeding and Enrichment Program has provided Newton County children with valuable social and educational skills.
Local black Masons celebrated their 131st anniversary in Covington Saturday, and Mayor Kim Carter proclaimed June 25, 2011, as Friendship Lodge 20 Day.