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Engineers outline issues for Newton County landfill committee members

Engineers familiar with the Newton County landfill told members of the Citizens Solid Waste Committee that the county has less than 10 years of capacity at the landfill at the current fill rate. In addition, they said, the clock is running on a state Environmental Protection Division mandate for corrective action on groundwater contamination at the landfill.

Newton County commissioners undecided on some budget issues

Newton County commissioners are undecided on some elements of a proposed fiscal year 2016 budget that would increase spending by about $5.3 million and require an increase in the maintenance and operations millage rate of 1.765 mills. The $53.7 million budget is based on M&O millage of 12.99 and assumes a 3 percent increase in the tax digest.

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Wet weather, utility work impact intersection project at Crowell Road and Ga. Highway 81

Wet weather has slightly impacted the timeline for intersection improvement work at Crowell Road and Ga. Highway 81, but other road projects in Newton County are generally on schedule.

Newton County’s Form of Government Committee wants to define scope of work

Newton County’s Form of Government Committee will ask for clarification of the motion that created the committee in order to better define the group’s scope of work.

GBI: Shooter committed suicide

Results of an autopsy performed on the man who went on a shooting rampage in South Rockdale last Sunday showed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Newton County to pursue loan for library HVAC system

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will pursue a loan to help the Newton County Library System replace the HVAC system at the Covington Branch.

Newton County discusses new revenue options

New revenue streams were among the strategies discussed to bring the county’s fiscal year 2016 budget in line at a work session Thursday night.

GBI: Shooter committed suicide | VIDEO

Results of an autopsy performed on the man who went on a shooting rampage in South Rockdale last Sunday showed that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Harry Owens on board as interim Newton County manager

A contract of slightly longer than six months was approved for interim County Manager Harry Owens by Newton County commissioners Tuesday night.

Newton Medical CEO outlines Piedmont partnership plan

Newton Medical Center will continue to receive county tax revenue to support indigent care until its partnership with Piedmont Healthcare is finalized. After that, according to NMC CEO James Weadick, any tax revenue received by the hospital will be returned to the county.

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Residents mourn shooting victims at package store | PHOTOS

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil for shooting victims at a South Rockdale County package store.

Newton County settles costly landscaping contract lawsuit

Newton County commissioners voted Tuesday night to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit with former landscaping contractor Billy Durden for $45,000.

Covington man charged in assault on sister

A Puckett Street woman told an officer with the Covington Police Department that her brother assaulted her with a knife after he became angry that she and her friend were late giving him a ride.

Project ReNeWal seeks donations for school supplies

Project ReNeWal, a domestic violence intervention program, is seeking donations for the children it serves for the upcoming school year.

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Customer who returned fire at Rockdale County murder suspect called 'hero'

A customer who fired back at the suspect who killed two people in a Ga. Highway 20 liquor store Sunday afternoon is being hailed as a hero.

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Customer who returned fire at Rockdale County murder suspect called 'hero'

A customer who fired back at the suspect who killed two people in a Ga. Highway 20 liquor store Sunday afternoon is being hailed as a hero.

Georgia Supreme Court upholds murder conviction of Newton County man

The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the murder conviction of a Newton County man sentenced to life in the 2009 shooting death of his wife.

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Dispute over money led to shooting rampage in South Rockdale | VIDEO

An apparent dispute over money owed for alcohol sparked a shooting rampage in South Rockdale Sunday that left three people dead, including the suspect who was killed in a shootout with a deputy.

One dead, three wounded in shooting rampage in South Rockdale

One person is dead and three injured after a suspect opened fire in a Rockdale County liquor store and then went to a house in the 3500 block of Ebenezer Road where he shot two of the occupants, according to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office.

Newton County landfill committee identifies information needed to explore solid waste issues

Members of Newton County’s Solid Waste Committee narrowed down what information and resources they’ll need in order to make recommendations on the future of the county’s solid waste management at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

Newton County commissionerse table vote on cell tower

A request for a conditional use permit that would allow erection of a telecommunications tower on undeveloped land off Crowell Road has been tabled to allow time to consider a suitable alternative site.

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Young Americans holds graduation ceremonies

Young Americans Christian School holds graduation ceremony

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Peachtree Academy holds graduation

Peachtree Academy held commencement for six graduating seniors during ceremonies at the Covington campus on May 16.

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Attorney for Rockdale Probate Court Judge Mays says case has been dismissed

Defense attorney Gary Washington announced at a press conference Tuesday morning that a case he says has unfairly tarnished the reputation of a judge has come to a close.

Newton County to seek library repair funds from city of Covington

A request for funding to help pay for replacement of the HVAC system at the Newton County Library was put on hold Tuesday to give Newton County time to petition the city of Covington for financial assistance.

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Eastside High School grads urged to seize future opportunities | PHOTOS

With broad smiles and quick steps propelled by the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” 250-plus Eastside High School seniors headed toward their futures in commencement ceremonies Friday night at Springfield Baptist Church.

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Newton County names top candidate for interim county manager

Harry E. Owens, a senior human resources practitioner who is currently working under contract for Newton County, has been identified as the top candidate to fill the county manager’s position on an interim basis.

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Newton County commissioners to hire interim county manager

Newton County will bring in an interim county manager and keep its current form of government pending the hiring of a new county manager and a recommendation from a citizens committee.

Newton, Rockdale high school seniors prepare for graduation

Thousands of students in Rockdale and Newton counties will transition from high school senior to high school graduate in ceremonies spanning the next three days.

Newton County Form of Government Committee moves forward on two points

Members of the Newton County form of government committee focused on creating a system of checks and balances as they continue to work toward a recommendation to be presented to the Board of Commissioners.

Rockdale County high school students to be issued laptops

High school students and teachers throughout the Rockdale County School System will be issued laptops when they begin the 2015-2016 school year later this summer.

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Chairman may resume day-to-day oversight of county

Commissioners to consider plan Tuesday night

The Newton County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider Tuesday night a plan to give Chairman Keith Ellis day-to-day oversight of county operations.

Newton County Library requests increases in operating, capital funds

The need to replace an aging HVAC system at the Newton County Library’s Covington Branch was the major point of discussion during a presentation of the library system’s appropriations request.

Newton County keeps employee insurance costs flat

Newton County employees will see no increase in health or dental insurance costs in the coming fiscal year as a result of negotiations with Cigna, the county’s health insurance provider.

Form of Government Committee wrestles with hiring, firing powers of county chairman

A committee formed to make a recommendation on the county’s form of government hit a snag during discussion Monday night over how much authority the Newton County Board of Commissioners chairman should have over the hiring and firing of the county manager.

Newton County considers change to animal burial policy

Aaron Wadley, the county’s transportation director, began a discussion Tuesday night about the county’s long-standing practice of burying livestock free of charge.

Newton County to buy new asphalt spreader

With prime paving weather at hand, the Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed this week to buy a new asphalt spreader at state contract pricing in order to expedite the purchase.

Rockdale County Board of Education evaluates proposed $139 million budget

The Rockdale County Board of Education on Thursday reviewed a proposed $139.3 million general fund budget for fiscal year 2016 that includes 3 percent pay increases for all school system employees.

Newton County landfill manager James Peters resigns

County Manager Tom Garrett confirmed Wednesday that James Peters, who has served as landfill manager since 2006, tendered his resignation Monday. On Wednesday morning, an employee at the landfill said that Peters was no longer employed there.

Newton County commissioners begin budget scrutiny

Cuts in new positions, legal services discussed

Newton County commissioners toiled through a line-by-line scrutiny of fiscal year 2016 budget requests at a work session Wednesday night, looking for ways to trim an $11.9 million increase in maintenance and operations and appropriations funding.

Newton County landfill manager James Peters resigns

County Manager Tom Garrett confirmed Wednesday that James Peters, who has served as landfill manager since 2006, tendered his resignation Monday. On Wednesday morning, an employee at the landfill said that Peters was no longer employed there.

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Newton County considers purchase of Cousins Community Center

Newton County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to explore the possible purchase of the Cousins Community Center at a reduced value of about $1.6 million.

Newton County considers change to animal burial policy

Aaron Wadley, the county’s transportation director, began a discussion Tuesday night about the county’s long-standing practice of burying livestock free of charge.

Committee working to finalize Newton County form of government recommendation

The citizens committee appointed to make recommendations on Newton County’s form of government is working toward a final draft to present to the Board of Commissioners ahead of the original deadline of Aug. 1.

Newton Couty commissioners see need for greater fiscal discipline

Newton County commissioners spent about four hours hearing departmental budget requests Thursday night, including a Sheriff’s Office budget that is $6 million more than last year.

Three Newton commissioners propose plan to cap legal expenses

In an effort to curb county legal expenses and quell public criticism, three Newton County commissioners on Wednesday said they would support a cap on fees paid to the law office of County Attorney Tommy Craig.

Newton County commissioners confront morale problem due to pay increase decision

Newton County commissioners acknowledged last week that a pay raise approved earlier this month for deputies and fire services personnel has rankled some other employees.

Commissioner Henderson attempts 11th-hour appointment to Newton County Purchasing Committee

As a committee formed to improve Newton County’s purchasing policy nears completion of its task, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson on Friday announced an 11th-hour appointment to the committee.

Newton County Purchasing Police Committee makes progress on revisions

Pending a review of the ethics component and input from the county’s constitutional officers, recommendations for changes to Newton County’s purchasing policy should be finalized in early June.

Commissioner Henderson attempts 11th-hour appointment to Newton County Purchasing Committee

As a committee formed to improve Newton County’s purchasing policy nears completion of its task, District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson on Friday announced an 11th-hour appointment to the committee.