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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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Bond denied to Kirkland Road shooter

A Riverdale man who was charged in the July shooting death of a 17-year-old Covington youth was denied bond by Superior Court Judge John Ott on March 31.

April 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Good Eggs

Allen Memorial United Methodist Church

April 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crime Briefs

A deputy from the Newton County Sheriff's Department arrested a local man after he reportedly copped an attitude and refused to cooperate when officers pulled him over for driving on the wrong side of the road.

April 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Tornado watch issued for Newton until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area until 10 p.m.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Gresham turns himself in, bonds out

Newton County resident Don Gresham, recently indicted by a Newton County grand jury for lying about his past as a convicted sex offender in an unsuccessful bid for the District 2 seat on the Newton County Board of Education, turned himself into to authorities Thursday and immediately bonded out on a $5,000 bond.

Gresham was charged with one felony count of false swearing and one felony count of false statement in filing a notice of candidacy in the grand jury indictment, according to Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne.

April 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Grant to help teach troubled students

The Newton County Juvenile Court received approval from the Board of Commissioners to apply for a grant to fund a day-time educational program to watch over, teach and help reform suspended students.

April 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Youth arrested in armed robbery attempt

Officers from the Covington Police Department arrested 18-year-old Ulysses Tyrel Benton of Oxford after he allegedly attempted an armed robbery of a home on Geiger Street Sunday night.

April 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Remembering the Black Easter March

Black Easter will be commemorated at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Covington square, as city and county leaders remember the 5,000 black men and women who marched in protest of racial segregation in Newton County in 1970.

April 10, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Two roads named after Newton residents

Three Newton County residents - Jack Hays Morgan, Davis Morgan and Lamar B. Hays - were honored during the recently completed 2009 Georgia legislative session by having two roads named in their honor.

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pet of the Week

Puppy eyes: The Newton County Animal Shelter's pet of the week is a 10-12-month-old Chihuahua, beige. Also available for adoption are two terrier mix puppies, 7-weeks-old, black and white; a great Pyraneese, adult, white; a friendly collie mix, 3-4-months-old, red; a brown and black shepherd mix, 4-months-old, with John Deere Collar; a black and white Lab mix; a 9-month-old blue tick hound, gray merle with brown; a brown 2-year-old Lab mix named River; three beagles, one adult and two 7-week-old puppies; a yellow Lab mix; a beagle/Bassett mix, 2-3-years-old, tri colored. The shelter also has beautiful cats and ...

April 10, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Suspect arrested after local man shot in both of his legs

The man who deputies say shot a local man in both legs on March 29 has been arrested and charged with a myriad of things, including armed robbery.

April 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Phone cards for soldiers

Calling home: Sgt. Campbell (left) and Cpl. Wilks (right), at the Covington National Guard Armory, display some of the 238 phone cards presented by Benny Stephenson (center) thanks to the efforts of the American Legion Post 77's Honor Guard. The cards will be used by the unit when serving in Afghanistan.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Rockdale News hits the stands

Charles Hill Morris Jr., the publisher of 144-year-old Covington News, recently announced the creation of a new publication for Conyers and Rockdale County.

The new weekly newspaper will be called The Rockdale News and will feature local news and sports coverage of Rockdale County. The first edition was published Saturday, April 4.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Military briefs 4/08/09

James Almand

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hospital Spring Gala on April 25

Newton Medical Center will hold it's Annual Spring Gala on April 25. Hosted by Linda and Reginald McFarland of Social Circle, the event promises to be an elegant and entertaining night to remember.

The Gala is the Hospital Auxiliary's signature fund-raising event of the year, raising thousands of dollars over the years for the purchase of medical equipment. This year, the Auxiliary will raise money for the new neonatal intensive care unit. Tickets are $90 per person.

April 08, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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