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Q&A with the county county chairman

This is the first of a series of Q&A sessions with various top elected officials in Newton County. To suggest questions for specific city or county issues, email reporter Rob Dewig at rdewig@covnews.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL

Newton’s first police dog has died

Diva's favorite place in the house was the cool floor in front of the fireplace, and her mom's favorite picture of Diva is her doing just that.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins krobins@covnews.com | LOCAL

Letting go of Mr. Lenin

How tightly do you hold on to things? I'm not talking about holding on to handrails. Everyone knows you should hold on tightly to handrails, especially in stairwells where the fluorescent bulbs are always flickering, and the stair treads are made out of those slippery glazed tiles that are like walking on ice. No, what I mean is, "How tightly do you hold on to personal possessions?" This can include all kinds of knickknacks, mementos, you name it. You don't have to admit to being a full-blown hoarder, but many of us have a tough time letting go ...

July 19, 2014 | David McCoy Pecan pie for the mind | LIFE

Introducing Faith Community Church

I would like to introduce you to Faith Community Church. As I prayed about where to launch a new work for God, He began showing me the needs in Newton County and the surrounding areas. With over 101,000 people in Newton, I found out that only 41 percent of the population was active in a church family. Together, with the help of others, we decided to help more people find a church home where they can connect honestly with God, connect with others in genuine friendship and connect to our community.

July 19, 2014 | David Grace Columnist | LIFE

Hitting home

I went to have my annual physical recently. I could remember the words the doctor wanted me to, and I was able to name a good many animals when he asked me to name as many as I could in two minutes. In fact, he said I tied for the most animals named with one of his other patients. So I guess my mind is still OK.

July 19, 2014 | Paula Travis Columnist | LIFE

Challenges facing farmers today and tomorrow

Though farming was once big business in the United States, by 2012 less than 1 percent of Americans were professional farmers. Many challenges face today's farmers, many of which are largely unknown to the general public.

July 19, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Ag teachersattend GVATA conference

Beth Galloway, Catrina Pollard, Marcus Pollard and Melissa Snyder, agricultural educators in Newton County Schools in Covington, Georgia, are four of the 405 teachers from across the state who attended the annual Georgia Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (GVATA) Summer Leadership Conference held July 6-9, 2014 in Jekyll Island, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL

Newton County FFA officers attend retreat

The 2014-2015 Newton County FFA Officer Team participated in a leadership retreat on June 23-27. The retreat was organized by Newton County FFA Advisor Melissa Snyder and took place at Newton High School in Covington, Georgia.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL

What is Newton College and Career Academy?

I have returned to Newton County. It feels good to be back in the county with people in the community that I previously worked with when I was a Newton County Extension Agent. One change I have seen is that some of the adults I am calling upon for assistance in the agriculture program were my former 4-H kids. My new position as an agriculture teacher at Newton College and Career Academy has given me the opportunity to work in the subject area I love, agriculture, and with students in class and the FFA program.

July 19, 2014 | Beth Galloway Newton College and Career Academy Agriculture Teacher | LOCAL

Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the belly of the flying time capsule that is the Liberty Foundation's B-17 Memphis Belle at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Thursday.

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY

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A’s finish season with a pair of wins

The Post No. 32 Athletics finished its regular season American Legion schedule this week with victories over Peachtree City Post No. 50 and Douglasville Post No. 145 to improve its record to 15-2 on the year.

July 18, 2014 | Miles Steele | Recreation

Ga. considers exemptions to school food standards

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials who call new federal nutrition standards an overreach want to give schools plenty of opportunities to sell sweet or savory treats during fundraisers.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

World calls for Ukraine cease-fire after crash

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) - World leaders called for an immediate cease-fire in eastern Ukraine on Friday and demanded speedy access for international investigators to the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over the country's battlefields.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Mae Hardman

Mae Hardman, of Rabun Gap, formerly of Porterdale, Georgia, passed away July 15, 2014. Mae was born November 26, 1925, to Carrie Mae (Lunsford) and William Grady Hardman. She had lived in Rabun County since 1971, where she taught at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School until her retirement. Prior to teaching, Mae was a social worker for Bibb Manufacturing Company for 27 years. She was very active in both of her communities, which she dearly loved. Mae served in many civic organizations and held positions over the years in both the Porterdale Presbyterian Church and the Rabun Gap Presbyterian Church. Mae dedicated ...

July 18, 2014 | Staff Report | OBITS

View the 2050 public hearing No. 2

Here is a recording of the entirety of the second public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances and TDRs (in the related content section). The meeting starts at about the 14 minute mark of the video.

July 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Live Streams

Legals 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Legals 7/18/2014

July 18, 2014 | Carmen Ricks | LEGALS

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Move over, pot brownies.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Kingston, Perdue offer few details on budget fixes

ATLANTA (AP) - Neither Rep. Jack Kingston nor businessman David Perdue has detailed a clear course for changing the nation's fiscal situation, instead broadly railing against government spending and debt in their campaign for Georgia's open U.S. Senate seat.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

University of Georgia announces record fundraising

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia officials are marking what they call the best fundraising year in the school's history.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | STATE

From nun to AIDS expert; crash kills hundreds

HE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - International passengers from all walks of life, from a prominent AIDS researcher and soccer fans to a nun and a florist, were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

July 18, 2014 | Associated Press | NATION/WORLD

Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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