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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.

Newton County's Solid Waste Committee gets to work

Members of Newton County’s Solid Waste Committee met for the first time Wednesday evening and sorted out details for their mission going forward.

Newton County Commissioners continue to wrestle with steep legal expenses

A discussion of Newton County’s March financial report raised questions about how — and when — the Board of Commissioners will get a handle on its legal expenses.

Committee asked to weigh in on Newton County landfill expansion plan

One day before the first scheduled meeting of the Newton County Solid Waste Committee, members of the Board of Commissioners agreed on the first order of business they will ask the committee to tackle: Whether or not to recommend a proposed landfill expansion plan.

FFA—FCCLA Center in Newton County awarded $9.5 million for new facilities

The Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County will benefit from a $9.5 million appropriation in the state budget for construction of a dining hall and activity center.

Newton County Form of Government Committee settles on several key issues

Members of Newton County’s Form of Government Committee reached consensus on several central items at their Monday meeting at Turner Lake Complex.

DARRELL HUCKABY: Sometimes it's the little things that mean the most

I love to travel. I love getting home even more.

Increasing development projected to boost Newton County inspection fee revenues

A subdivision development on the eastern side of Newton County that was waylaid by the recession appears to be getting back on track.

Newton County departmental budgets under review

The budget review process for Newton County’s judicial services departments presented few surprises for Board of Commissioners members Tuesday night.

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Newton County Manager Tom Garrett resigns to take post in Barrow County

Newton County Manager Tom Garrett has resigned to take the position of public works director in Barrow County.

Citizens committee begins deliberations on Newton County's form of government

A citizens committee appointed to review Newton County’s form of government met for the first time Monday and discussed a number of options, including giving the chairman veto power over a vote of the Board of Commissioners.

Newton County successfully appeals 2013 tax digest ruling

The state Department of Revenue has reversed a 2013 decision and approved Newton County’s 2013 tax digest, avoiding penalties for Newton County and allowing for increased funding for the Newton County School System.

Porterdale enacts 'Jake Brakes' ordinance

The city of Porterdale has approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of Jacobs Braking System brakes inside the city limits, except in the case of an emergency.

Newton County begins purchase process for paving equipment

Newton County’s Transportation Department got the go-ahead to begin the bid process for an asphalt spreader and related hydraulic system from the Board of Commissioners Tuesday night.

Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis withdraws appointment to Purchasing Committee

A member of a citizens committee appointed to review Newton County’s purchasing policy said Friday she was not surprised that her appointment was rescinded.

Newton County seeks $13 million in road project grants

The Newton County Transportation Department has put its name in the hat for $13 million in federal Surface Transportation Program funds for four road projects.

Newton County Commissioners question landfill committee

Newton County’s citizens landfill committee hasn’t held its first meeting yet, but Tuesday night two commissioners expressed doubts about placing the responsibility of making a recommendation on a proposed landfill expansion in the hands of citizens.

Green Hill continues to work toward Newton County landfill agreement

Green Hill P3, the company that negotiated a proposed landfill expansion agreement between Newton County and East Georgia Land and Development Company, continues to be focused on settling issues between the two entities.

Sunrise service planned by Newton County landfill opponents

Opponents of a controversial proposal to expand Newton County’s landfill say they have voiced their concerns to county leaders and now it’s time to take their case to a higher power.

Joint Development Authority considers cutting timber at Stanton Springs

Members of the Joint Development Authority of Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties are considering harvesting some of the timber on the undeveloped acreage at Stanton Springs.

Newton County Purchasing Committee looks to strengthen ethics, control costs

Newton County’s Purchasing Policy Committee met for the second time Tuesday morning, with discussion touching on the hot-button issue of the county’s sizable legal expenditures.