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A visit to Cottonwood Farm.

September 02, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL

A taste of the Artful Harvest

Southern Heartland Arts Inc. invites the public to visit Artful Harvest, the annual invitational judged art show, sponsored by United Bank, during September.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL

Students gather Porterdale demographics

A group of University of Georgia students could be seen walking around certain neighborhoods in Porterdale recently, but they weren't just roaming. They were enjoying a refreshing college field trip while learning about Porterdale's demographics.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Eastside to retire Lee's number

Catherine Lee, former catcher for Eastside High School softball, will have her jersey retired on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

No surprises on county agenda

Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners' meeting agenda contains nothing out of the ordinary. Specifically, there's nothing there to talk about the form of government, which was put off for a month in a work session last week but has been lingering just under the surface since.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Thieves swipe metal grates from I-20

Newton County's Interstate 20 is missing its metal.

August 30, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL

Mansfield to work on square of its own

August was a busy month in Mansfield.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

Blacks must confront reality

Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let's pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.

August 30, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists

#FansOfTheWeek

The Covington News is looking for the biggest fans at high school football games. Throughout the season, we will be taking pictures of fans and accepting pictures sent to us. Send us your fan photos throughout the season and you could win a laptop, external hard drive and/or a wireless keyboard and mouse.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Alcovy

6 takeaways from Tigers/Eagles

With its strong running game Eastside pounded the ball and Alcovy into submission, winning 36-6 over city-rival Alcovy.

August 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Eastside

Time to call a spade a spade

As the character Cecily said to Miss Fairfax in a play written by Oscar Wilde entitled "The Importance of being Earnest": "When I see a spade I call it a spade."

August 30, 2014 | Mychal massie | Columnists

Leadership still lacking

Two weeks ago we editorialized that the Newton County Board of Commissioners should show some leadership, define the county's form of government, and identify its true manager. The BOC held a workshop on the topic, but left the meeting without a solution, or even clarity on how Newton County should be led.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Recommendations to the BOC

The recent loan from Newton County Chairman Keith Ellis on behalf of Newton County to Commissioner J.C. Henderson was a huge problem for our local government.

August 30, 2014 | Staff Report | Our Thoughts

Are children at risk in your car?

At least 7 in 10 children are in improperly installed car seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Some car seat professionals put the number closer to 9 in 10.

August 30, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL

Henderson’s check not the first

Newton County Commission Chairman Keith Ellis cut fellow Commissioner J.C. Henderson a loan, or "paycheck advance," for $4,500 on Aug. 12. Henderson said he needed the money to send his son to college after financial aid promises from Tuskegee University fell through.

August 30, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL

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Dobbs, Bates, Smith to leave BOE this year

Three members of the Newton County Board of Education will not be seeking re-election.

July 16, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Board of Education

State Senate 17 - Todd Hilton (R)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17

State Senate 17 - Jim Nichols (D)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

Five contenders have stepped forward to replace Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) who held the seat for six years; Douglas is running for Public Service Commission, District 2.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17

State Senate 17 - Rick Jeffares (R)

The race for State Senate District 17, which covers all of Newton County, is the most crowded in the state, despite the fact that Rep. John Lunsford (R-McDonough) pulled out of the race late last week.

Five contenders have stepped forward to replace Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) who held the seat for six years; Douglas is running for Public Service Commission, District 2.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17

Billy Carl (B.C.) Crowell

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | OBITS

General Voting Information

The 2010 Georgia primary election will be held July 20. Click Here if you are registered to vote in Newton County but are unsure of where to vote. Click Here to see a full list of polling locations in Newton County.

Click Here for a full list Republican candidates running for local elections.

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Voting Information

Livingston Elementary principal announces resignation

Wendy Hughes, principal of Livingston Elementary School, has announced her resignation. On Thursday, July 15, Hughes submitted a letter of resignation to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Mathews accepted the resignation, which becomes effective on July 31.

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Chamber hosts BOC candidates Q&A

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce held the Primary season's final political forum at the Covington Branch Library Thursday, playing host to 2010 Newton County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education candidates. Each set of candidates was asked one question by the chamber, followed by questions from the audience.

Below are the questions asked to the BOC candidates and their responses. District 2 challengers Democrat Lanier Sims and Republic Rickie Corley did not attend. To read the responses from the BOE candidates continue to check covnews.com.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

BOC candidates face off at Voter’s League forum

Candidates for Newton County Board of Commissioner, Districts 2 and 4, and District 95 State Representative seat squared off at Tuesday night's Newton County Voter's League political forum.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

Chamber to host political forum

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a political candidate forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday at the Covington Branch Library.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

BOE, BOC forums on June 21, 29

The Newton County Voters League is hosting two separate forums to accommodate the more than 20 candidates running for local and state races.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | BOC Chairman

State Rep. 95 - Toney Collins (D, Incumbent)

State Representative Toney Collins (District 95) described going through health and financial difficulties, including foreclosure, in recent years but said he was still a "servant to the people" in a conversation with the News on Friday morning.

Collins, who was elected in 2008 to District 95 (which the northern portion of Rockdale County, northern parts of Newton County, and southern portions of Gwinnett County) and plans to run for reelection in 2010, said he underwent a kidney transplant in 1999. Since then, the one-time real estate agent said he had been receiving disability payments until last year, when he began ...

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95

State Rep. 95 - Pam Dickerson (D)

Rockdale resident Pam Dickerson announced she is running for the democratic ticket for the District 95 state representative seat, which includes portions of Rockdale and Newton counties.

Dickerson, a longtime flight attendant/in-flight coordinator with Delta and resident of Rockdale County for the past 12 years, said although this is her first time running for elected office, she has worked in the background on campaigns for years.

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95

State Rep. 95 - Rodney Upton (R)

A Rockdale resident and small business owner has thrown his hat in the ring as the first Republican candidate for the District 95 state representative seat, currently held by Rep. Toney Collins (D-Conyers).

July 16, 2010 | Michelle Kim | State Representative 95

Sen. Douglas will not seek reelection

State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) will not seek a fourth term and has instead entered the state race for District 2 Public Service Commissioner. As Douglas moves on, local Republican party chairman Ester Fleming is expected to run for Douglas' District 17 state senate seat.

July 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | State Senate 17

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