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Newton County sheriff says comp time more costly than overtime

Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown cautioned county commissioners last week that giving deputies compensatory time off is proving to be more costly than paying overtime.

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Bristol Village assisted living in Conyers will hold open house this month

A new assisted living facility dedicated to memory care is now open in Conyers.

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Newton County approves Almon Overlay rezoning for dormant subdivision

An undeveloped subdivision on Iris Drive at the Newton/Rockdale county line may soon see renewed activity following a rezoning approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

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Newton County approves Almon Overlay rezoning for dormant subdivision

An undeveloped subdivision on Iris Drive at the Newton/Rockdale county line may soon see renewed activity following a rezoning approved by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

Newton County's Purchasing Committee will hold first meeting March 24

Newton County’s Purchasing Committee will discuss how professional services — including legal fees — are handled under the county’s purchasing policy at its first meeting set for Tuesday, March 24.

Newton County to appoint panel to review form of government

Newton County’s form of government will be under review by a citizens panel following a vote by commissioners Tuesday night.

Newton County to appoint panel to review form of government

Newton County’s form of government will be under review by a citizens panel following a vote by commissioners Tuesday night.

Newton County commissioners seek input from citizens on landfill problems

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to table a controversial landfill expansion proposal, form a citizens committee to conduct an independent review of the issue and bring recommendations back to the board no later than June 1.

Newton County commissioners expected to delay landfill vote

Newton County commissioners were expected to delay a vote on a landfill expansion proposal at their meeting Tuesday night in order to allow more time for other options to be explored.

Newton County landfill expansion foes vow to continue fight

A handful of residents who gathered for an informal discussion with Board of Commissioners Chairman Keith Ellis Monday afternoon had some strong questions about the county’s proposal to settle a years-long lawsuit and greatly expand the landfill on Lower River Road.

County hears public opposition, takes no action on landfill proposal

Residents aired dozens of complaints and questions at a landfill expansion public hearing Thursday night, but one key question was answered early on — there would be no vote on the landfill deal Thursday night.

County hears public opposition, takes no action on landfill proposal

Residents aired dozens of complaints and questions at a landfill expansion public hearing Thursday night, but one key question was answered early on — there would be no vote on the landfill deal Thursday night.

No vote Thursday on Newton County landfill expansion plan

Residents aired dozens of complaints and questions at a landfill expansion public hearing Thursday night, but one key question was answered early on — there would be no vote on the landfill deal Thursday night.

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Anthony celebrates opening of new manufacturing facility in Conyers

Officials with Anthony International, the market leader in specialty glass display doors for the refrigeration industry, praised employees for their hard work and dedication at the grand opening of the company’s new plant on Sigman Road Thursday.

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Effort under way for Vietnam anniversary observance at Walk of Heroes

Tommy Clack is on an all-out campaign to ensure that the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War is appropriately observed in May.

EDITORIAL: Public notice bill a bad deal for Georgians

Once again government is trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. Under the guise of saving taxpayer dollars, Senate Bill 186 proposes to allow local governments to place legal notices — that are now required to be published in a legal organ newspaper — on the governments’ websites instead.

Execution of Brian Keith Terrell postponed indefinitely

Department of Corrections investigates possible problems with lethal injection drugs

The execution of Brian Keith “Chico” Terrell, convicted in the 1992 murder of a Newton County man, has been postponed indefinitely due to problems with the drugs the Department of Corrections planned to use in the lethal injection.

Contractor owes supplier for Rockdale County park project

Rockdale County has rescinded a contract and could place an Athens company on a list of disqualified vendors after the company left local suppliers on the hook for building materials.

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Rockdale, Newton prep for winter storm

Emergency Management officials in Rockdale and Newton counties are bracing for a couple of busy days as another weather system that threatens snow and ice moves toward the metro Atlanta area.

Teacher at C.J. Hicks Elementary School murdered in DeKalb County

Counselors will be on hand at C.J. Hicks Elementary School when students, teachers and staff return on Monday to help them deal with the loss of PE teacher Candace McGriff.

Legal costs mount in Newton County lawn care contract dispute

As residents continue to complain about Newton County’s swelling legal costs, it appears at least one lawsuit against the county could have been resolved months ago and likely for less than the county has paid in legal fees.

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Covington Police Specialized Patrol Unit nets 19 drug arrests

Nineteen offenders — who were either targets of the investigation or were associated with the targets — have been arrested through the efforts of the Covington Police Department’s Specialized Patrol Unit.

Settlement reached in Newton County school bus accident lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed in connection with a Newton County School System school bus accident in January 2013.

Conyers, Rockdale send joint letter opposing pollution of South River

Rockdale County and the city of Conyers have joined voices in opposition to a request by the city of Atlanta for a renewed wastewater discharge permit that some fear is less restrictive and will lead to greater pollution of the South River.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office arrests two suspects in drive-by shooting

A man suspected of being the shooter in a drive-by shooting on Feb. 8 on White Oak Court is behind bars at the Rockdale County Jail.

Newton County joins lawsuit seeking compensation for Norfolk Southern rail line property

Newton County has joined the city of Covington and other landowners in a lawsuit seeking compensation for property along the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line.

Newton County joins lawsuit seeking compensation for Norfolk Southern rail line property

Newton County has joined the city of Covington and other landowners in a lawsuit seeking compensation for property along the abandoned Norfolk Southern rail line.

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Court dismisses dispossessory claim by Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays Sr.

A Magistrate Court judge dismissed a dispossessory case filed by Rockdale County Probate Court Judge Charles Mays Jr. on Wednesday, finding that the court had already ruled against Mays on the same dispossessory in November.

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Market improving for existing home sales in Rockdale, Newton

Homeowners in Newton and Rockdale counties who have been reluctant to put their houses on the market may find it’s a good time to rethink that decision.

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JACK SIMPSON: The missing man

It isn’t a name we see daily in our local newspaper. Nasr al-Ansi appeared in a video proclaiming responsibility for the attack in Paris of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office bombing where twelve people were killed by Al-Qaeda terrorists. To commander al-Ansi said it was Al-Qaeda that chose the Paris target.

Newton community discussion helps residents understand their rights

Questions ranged from how far down to roll the car window during a traffic stop to when to allow law enforcement officers to search a vehicle.

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Volunteers help clean up Gaither Plantation Cemetery on Martin Luther King Jr. Day | PHOTOS

About 50 volunteers tramped through the woods off Henderson Mill Road Monday morning to lend a hand in clearing and preserving the graves of some 250 former slaves and plantation workers.

Rockdale County deputies to get backup weapons

155 Glock handguns to be ordered

Certified personnel with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office will soon be issued new Glock handguns as backup weapons.

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New house construction picking up in Newton

It’s too early to call it a trend, but those with an eye on single-family construction in Newton County say they are seeing more activity in the market.

Limited wastewater treatment capacity a concern for Rockdale

One of the challenges facing Rockdale Water Resources for 2015 is the county’s lack of wastewater treatment capacity.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office requests body cameras for deputies

The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office could become the first police agency in Georgia to fully equip its patrol officers with body cameras.

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Newton's first baby of 2015

Newton’s first baby of 2015 born on Jan. 1

Newton police blotter for Jan. 2, 2015

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

Newton blotter for Dec. 26, 2014

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

Mental health court waiver denied for Rockdale Probate Court Judge Mays

A request for a waiver that would have allowed Rockdale County’s Probate Court judge to preside over an adult mental health court has been denied.

Darlene Hotchkiss appointed to Rockdale County Board of Ethics

Darlene Hotchkiss, a former member of the Rockdale County Board of Education, has been appointed to the newly revised Board of Ethics for Rockdale County.

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Great-grandmother hopes twins who killed their mother will one day lead productive lives

Della Frazier can’t quite reconcile the images of the two loving, vivacious twin girls she raised with the two young women who pleaded guilty to killing their mother earlier this year.

Newton Blotter for Dec. 19, 2014

The following charges and arrests were reported by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Covington Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Porterdale Police Department, the Georgia State Patrol and Georgia Pardon and Parole.

Thefts reported at Newton County school that was closed for cleaning

COVINGTON — An elementary school that was closed last Friday due to an outbreak of stomach flu reopened on Monday with a surprise for students and staff.

Newton Medical staff cuts affect 23

Twenty-three employees of Newton Medical Center were impacted by staff cuts announced on Friday, or about 2.8 percent of the hospital’s work force.

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Songs of the Season

Covington’s annual Christmas parade was held Saturday.

Toys for Tots Jeep Train Ride returns to Conyers for third year

Toys for Tots Jeep Train Ride returns for third year

Loganville teen dies in one-car accident

A 19-year-old Loganville man died as a result of a one-car accident Saturday afternoon.

Covington teen charged after shots fired at house

A Covington teenager was arrested Sunday and charged with aggravated assault in connection with shots fired into a residence on Lakeside Pointe off Fairview Road in western Newton County.

Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden says comments weren't intended to cause harm

Rockdale Commission Chairman Richard said he will seek to make amends for berating a local economic development official during a public meeting last week. But he said he acted with the best interests of the county at heart.