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City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


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July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Henderson, Hunte vie for Commissioners seat

The runoff for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat is set for July 22, with five-term incumbent J.C. Henderson going up against challenger Sonya Hunte.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


One clip at a time

"You just want to teach a little lesson," said retired principal Linda Hooper, and then you wake up one day and there is a movie about your school on Netflix.

July 19, 2014 | Terri Kimble Fullerton 4H forever | LOCAL


Eastside student wins rare scholarship

Jabari Bennett, a graduated senior from Eastside High School, is one of three recipients of the statewide Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia's $1,500 scholarships. He received his award at Tuesday's Newton County Board of Commissioners meeting.Bennett, of Social Circle, plans to attend Valdosta State and major in business.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Lawson, Leissa to wed

Kevin and Jayn Lawson of Covington announce the engagement of their daughter Jenna Marie Lawson to John Michael Leissa of Covington. Leissa is the son of Mike and Angela Leissa of Lake Wylie, South Carolina. The bride elect's grandparents are Janis Weldon of Shady Dale, Alan Phillips of Snellville, Karen Kinard of Phenix City, Alabama and Ken and Carol Lawson of Jacksonville. The groom elect's grandparents are the late John and Jacquelyn Crumpton of Lithonia and the late Carl and Ruth Leissa of Orlando. Jenna Marie Lawson is currently studying toward a bachelor of science in nursing at ...

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Clarification and correction

Clarification:

July 19, 2014 | | LOCAL


Walton County to provide school resource officer to Social Circle schools

Social Circle school students will be seeing a new face in uniform helping them cross roads and stay safe.

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


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


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


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Pridgett sentenced to four life sentences

Jamaal Pridgett was sentenced today to serve four life sentences plus 80 years in the death of Jerome Glover and the shooting of Tavorris Shy, Matec Barkley and Sedarius Stephens in October of 2008.

September 21, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett to be sentenced Tuesday

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday morning by Newton County Superior Court Judge Eugene Benton.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Covington council meets at 6:30 tonight

The Covington City Council is holding its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 tonight at city hall. The meeting is always preceded by a work session at 5:30 p.m., where the council runs through the agenda and sometimes discusses issues in more depth than during the formal meeting

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Authors Pat Conroy, Cassandra King set for Newton County reading

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Motorcyclists set for cancer benefit ride on Saturday

Snapping Shoals EMC, in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, will hold its seventh annual Ride for the Cure motorcycle ride fundraiser on Saturday.

September 20, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 20

The pink sky and fluffy evening clouds create a stunning sunset.

To see more photos, click on the links below Related Content.

September 20, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault by ex-boyfriend

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 19

A teen anime group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the library story room to share and discuss art. The grouping of canvases pictured here were created by teen anime member Andy Dominguez-Cuevas.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 19, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Meet Go-Go Girl

Anne Wheeler has a new best friend that's taking her around Covington whenever she wants to go.

It's an adult tricycle that's blue in color and has a basket on the back that Wheeler has named Go-Go Girl.

September 19, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Chamber surveys members on by the drink alcohol sales

The Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is surveying its members on whether alcohol by the drink sales should be allowed in unincorporated Newton County.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


How to be an extra

Bill Marinella's been involved in Covington's filming for nearly 20 years, dating back to his days as an actor in "In the Heat of the Night," the 1980s television series that put Newton County and its courthouse on the map.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Early voting for General Elections begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 2 General Election begins at 8 a.m. Monday at the Newton County Administration Building, 1113 Usher St. in Covington.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Proposed commercial parking restrictions could cause hardship

Covington resident Martha McGiboney believes the city's proposed restrictions on parking commercial vehicles in residential areas will hinder her son's ability to make a living.

September 19, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn Opry to return in October

After a year's hiatus, they're getting ready to make music again at the Newborn Opry.

September 19, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Juvenile shot in leg

Deputies were called to a shooting Tuesday evening, but instead of arresting the shooter, charges are pending against the juvenile who was shot.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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