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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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It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

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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Labor Day traffic expected to be heavy

The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins this Friday evening at 6 p.m., and traffic on Georgia roads is expected to be heavy. Colonel Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said a number of local events across the state will contribute to make for a busy holiday period.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


NCSO cracks down on Labor Day DUIs

The summer holidays are something to celebrate. But they have a deadly reputation on the road because too many summer party-people leave their designated drivers behind at the barbecue. And that means too many Georgians will die in alcohol-related crashes during the Labor Day weekend. There's a traffic fatality every thirteen minutes on America's crash clock with no time off for holidays.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire Commissioner presents reward check to local citizen

John Oxendine, Georgia Insurance and Safety Commissioner, and Bud Ousborn of the Georgia Arson Control Board traveled to Newton County Fire Station No. 1 Thursday to present a reward check to the NCFD and Newton County Sheriff's Department, who accepted the $6,500 for an anonymous citizen whose tip led to the arrest and conviction of four arsonists.

The information provided by the local resident pertained to an October 2006 fire that destroyed two automobiles and a home on Picket Bridge Road. The damage to the home and cars was estimated at $200,000.

September 03, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Girl Scouts registering now

 As the new school year begins, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta kicks off a new membership year in which parents can register their daughters, ages 5-17, to become Girl Scouts.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO

Give what you can: The Covington News donated $600 to the Newton County Sheriff's Office Tuesday. The $600 will go toward purchasing a level III bullet-proof vest for a county deputy. The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. On Tuesday, Editor Jennifer T. Long, left, presented a check to Sheriff Ezell Brown and Dawn Atha. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic ...

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Several nominees being considered for Alcovy judicial seat

With the Sept. 8 deadline nearing for local residents to nominate candidates for the fifth judge position for Alcovy Judicial Circuit, several prominent Newton and Walton county attorneys and law officials have already had their hats thrown into the ring.

September 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Author Eric Jerome Dickey coming to Mall at Stonecrest

National bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey will appear at Borders Books and Music at the Mall at Stonecrest at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss and sign copies of his newest book of fiction, "Resurrecting Midnight." The New York Times calls his writing "addictive," while Entertainment Weekly hails him as "King of African-American Fiction."

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newborn resident places at NWTF shooting competition

Thomas Moseley of Newborn placed first at the National Wild Turkey Federation's 16th Annual Turkey Shoot held Aug. 14 -16. Moseley broke 40 clay targets while competing in the 20-Gauge Event, C class of the NSCA Division at The Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


UGA, Tech waive fee for athletic event Web casts for military personnel

Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee Chairman John Douglas (R-Social Circle) announced today that officials at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology will renew the option of free live streaming audio of all athletic events for military personnel stationed overseas and serving within the United States. The universities typically charge an annual fee for users; however, both schools are waiving this fee as a sign of their appreciation to the military.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Andy Irwin wins 2nd storytelling award

Covington native Andy Offutt Irwin has once again received national acclaim as a storyteller. He received the Just Plain Folks Award for Storytelling Album in Nashville on Aug. 29 for his CD Bootsie in Season. TOhe Just Plain Folks Awards are sponsored by the largest organization for independent recording artists in the world, and they considered over 42,000 albums and 360,000 songs for their various categories of awards for 2009.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Charity golf tournaments looking for competitors

Golf fanatics should brush off their clubs for back-to-back charity tournaments on Sept. 17 and 18.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An a-maize-ing maze

As the weather turns colder and the corn grows taller, Colonel Cob's Corn Maze in Oxford is preparing to open on Sept. 11, with an all new maze and several new attractions.

September 02, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO launches county’s most wanted list on Web site

Newton County's Most Wanted people are now listed on the NCSO Web site, newtonsheriffga.org. If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of these people, they are asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff's Office warrant division Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at (678) 625-1411. On weekends and after business hours, contact the non-emergency dispatcher at (770) 784-2100. Information can also be given on the anonymous tip line located on our Web site. The most wanted list will be updated every 30 days.

September 01, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Fire at John Miles Chevrolet

A fire broke out this morning at the John Miles Chevrolet dealership on Dogwood Drive, consuming about a quarter of the parts department building and causing the 30-plus employees to be safely evacuated from the property. No one was injured or hurt in the fire or evacuation, according to Rockdale County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Lee.

The fire, which sent black plumes of smoke into the sky, started a little after 10 a.m. and was contained within an hour. Ash and water spray sprinkled down as firefighters battled the blaze, which burned through the metal walls and some power ...

August 31, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sen. Douglas recommends Strickland for 5th judgeship

As the state accepts nominations for a fifth Judge for the Alcovy Circuit, Sen. John Douglas (R- Social Circle) announced Friday that he is supporting Covington resident David Strickland for the position.

"I have known David since 1996 and found him to be a great leader in our community, a man of impeccable legal credentials, and a rising star in judicial circles," Douglas said in a press release. "I am confident that he will make an outstanding addition to the bench in these two counties."

August 30, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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