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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


Newton legal fees spiral out of control

A new proposal to cap county attorney fees at $800,000 could help bring the county's legal spending within the upper range of other Georgia counties, but it would also be a significant budget increase at a time of severe financial constraints and is already facing pushback from critics.

May 03, 2015 | Meris Lutz | LOCAL


Concerts in the square return in May

The strains of '80s and '90s classic rock will be heard over lunch in downtown Covington beginning Thursday, May 7, with the launch of the 25th season of Concerts on the Square.

May 03, 2015 | | LOCAL


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Train with the Firefighter Explorers

For high schoolers considering a career in firefighting or those merely interested in what a firefighter's life is like, Newton County offers a firefighter explorer program. The group is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Through hands-on practice and small group lectures, aspiring firefighters gain an accurate depiction of what the profession is like, not only its merits, but also its difficulties. Explorers meet twice a month at a local station for about 90 minutes.

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman flees after allegedly being beaten with belt

A woman who was trying to leave her husband with their baby was allegedly attacked by him in front of the child.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


State, local unemployment rates rise

The unemployment rate for Newton County climbed to 12.2 percent in November, according to information released today by the Georgia Department of Labor.

December 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless shelter faces financial woes

Less than a week before Christmas, Pastor Clara Lett, director of the Garden of Gethsemane homeless shelter, is worrying if the shelter will be able to keep its doors open.

December 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves Ewing's SPLOST list

The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved Commissioner Mort Ewing's 6-year, $57.6 million SPLOST list by a 4-1 vote Tuesday night, with Commissioner Earnest Simmons opposing.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Austin Scott named to two House committees

Eighth Congressional District Rep-elect Austin Scott has been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Agriculture.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Commissioner to be honored at 6:30 p.m.

District 2 Commissioner Earnest Simmons will be honored for his 4-year term of office tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Longest Night service today

Christmas is a time of celebration and excitement, with parties, shopping, gift-giving, food, and time with family and friends.

December 21, 2010 | Chris Queen | LOCAL


SPLOST set for vote tonight by county

Government officials and residents are split over the 2011 SPLOST list proposed by Commissioner Mort Ewing, but Ewing and commissioners Tim Fleming and J.C. Henderson have all said they will vote for it.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


United Way short of goal

Newton County non-profits have bare food shelves, empty coat racks and dwindling bank accounts, but the local United Way should still raise $400,000 this year.

December 21, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Georgia population grows 18.3 percent

Georgia's stands to gain a Congressional seat as its population grew by 18.3 percent since 2000, according to data released today by the United States Census.

December 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Live Nativity at East Newton Baptist

East Newton Baptist Church will be adding a touch of dramatic flair to its annual Nativity presentation, "Mary, did you know: Living Nativity Drama", at 7 p.m. today through Wednesday. With the help of passionate director Scott Palma, the church hopes to breathe more life into the traditional Nativity.

December 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Curtain falls at Newborn Opry

A Christmas concert on Saturday marked the end of a 10-year run for the Newborn Opry.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Shop with a cop

Toy time: Covington Police Department Lt. Al Miller takes a local child shopping as part of the Shop with a Cop program, where law enforcement officials partner with the Department of Family and Children's Services to provide Christmas toys for several economically disadvantaged children in Newton County. Other CPD officers and GBI Agents helped children load their carts with holiday cheer.

December 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Class of 1974 Food Drive

In times of need: Pictured are NCHS Class of 1974 members Rhonda Mobley Lowe and Debbie Prescott Massey, along with Community Food Pantry representatives Bernice Bailey and OJ Sidwell, with a sampling of the food items the NCHS Class of 1974 donated to the food pantry in Covington during their annual holiday food drive. The Class of 1974 would like to challenge the other NCHS classes to join in the holiday spirit by having their own food drives for the Community Food Pantry.

December 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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