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Accident on I-20 eastbound at Salem Road backs up traffic

IN BRIEF: Traffic on Interstate 20 eastbound is backed up starting near the Salem Road exit stretching to the West Avenue exit. A pickup truck was involved in an accident on I-20 eastbound and emergency vehicles are in the right lane. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.

May 08, 2015 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington discusses possible health care increase

The Covington City Council continued working on its 2015 fiscal year budget Thursday, and among the topics was a 3 percent increase in insurance.

May 07, 2015 | Bryan Fazio | LOCAL


'Sleepy Hollow' TV production moves to Rockdale

The Headless Horseman will soon join vampires on Conyers film sets, as Fox's popular supernatural TV series "Sleepy Hollow" moves its production here.

May 07, 2015 | John Ruch JRuch@rockdalenews.com | LOCAL


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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County revenues for 1st quarter appear steady

The Newton County Board of Commissioners had their first quarterly financial review Tuesday and the collection figures were better than last year, but the second quarter will be more telling because that's when the county will begin to collect property taxes.

October 28, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Phantom Folklore: Souls locked inside the Old Jail

Built in 1901, the old jail was home to many of Newton County's criminals until 1983 - and according to some, one person was even hung there. And although the jail is currently gutted, the ghosts of those who once called the cells home, still wander the crumbling hallways.

October 28, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Golf tournament to benefit local scholarships, youth endeavors

 Members of the Chase Cain Memorial Foundation again have organized a golf tournament to benefit the foundation's efforts. The tournament is scheduled for Nov. 6 at the Indian Creek Golf Course.

October 28, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


GWA Marching Band wins championship

This past weekend, George Walton Academy's Marching Bulldog Band won first place in the 6 Open Division at the United States Scholastic Band Association Championship held in Chattanooga, Tenn. and finished 1st out of 25 bands from around the Southeast to become the overall Southern States Champion. George Walton Academy is the first private school to win the championship.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington attorney assists state bar YLD service project for domestic violence victims

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia recently joined with the Savannah Bar Association YLD and the Macon Bar Association YLD to assist the Savannah Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Shelter during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Puppet power

The Covington Elks and Elkadettes applied to Snapping Shoals REA for a grant for $5000 three years ago. Using the funds, they prepared a puppet show for elementary school age children on drug awareness. The first school that saw the productions was East Newton Elementary in the Spring of 2007.

This year they will touch the lives of over 6000 elementary children in grades kindergarden through second with their drug awareness puppet show. At the end of the show the kids may ask the puppets a few questions.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington man killed in early-morning motorcycle accident

A Covington man was killed in an early-morning motorcycle and vehicle accident Tuesday in Conyers on the Sigman Road entrance way to Interstate 20.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Waiting in the wake: Newton's leaders hope they'll be ready when housing growth comes back

Ronda Wilkerson doesn't live on the street, but she is homeless. She's lived in five houses over the past couple of months, wandering from friend to family member and back. She never stays anywhere more than a couple of weeks for fear of being a burden.

October 25, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Making miracles

The Covington Popeye's and 755 Restaurant Corporation recently made a donation of a Hank Aaron-autographed baseball and bat to The Miracle League of Newton County. Receiving the donations were Tamara Richardson, consultant to the Miracle League, Diana and Amelia Joseph, and Susan Eppley, marketing representative with Popeye's. The Miracle League Field will be built at City Pond Park and will serve mentally and physically challenged children because "every child deserves the chance to play baseball." The donated bat and ball will be used by The Miracle League of Newton County at a future event as a silent auction ...

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


KCNB’s Green Getaway

 The Green Getaway, an evening of dining and entertainment scheduled for Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, will benefit the educational programs and beautification efforts of Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB).

October 25, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Magnificent mutts

Most Beautiful Female

October 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Flood Public Meeting

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Newton County will hold a Public Meeting to discuss flood related issues at 6:30 p.m. at Turner Lake Park, located at 6185 Turner Lake Road.

October 23, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Riner pleads guilty to selling unregistered securities

A former Covington man pled guilty this morning to selling unregistered promissory notes as securities, bringing to a close a case that has been going on for several years.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Residents question council candidates

Around 30 Covington city council residents showed up to Tuesday's political forum to ask the city council candidates about public transportation for seniors, public safety, parks and activities for teens and the future of the city.

October 23, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Juvenile fight leads to one father’s arrest

A fight between juveniles ended with a father's arrested after deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Office found marijuana in his vehicle.

October 23, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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