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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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The best kind of snow: Pretty and gone

The snow Thursday was perfect: It was pretty, off the road and melted quickly. Here are some scenes from around Oxford today. Share your snow pictures. Send to tgiddens@covnews.com

February 10, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Two boys dead in Lawrenceville home

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two young children were either stabbed or shot to death and a 4-year-old boy was in the hospital Wednesday night after an attack at their home, police said.

A man who is either their father or stepfather also was wounded and in serious condition at a hospital, police said. Police found the bodies of the 1-year-old and 4-year-old in the home and the wounded child was flown to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith told reporters near the scene.

February 10, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Snow after midnight

There's a 90 percent chance of snow after midnight tonight in Covington, but less than an inch accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service.

February 09, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oxford City Clerk retiring

Oxford City Clerk Carol Poole is retiring, effective Feb. 28.

February 09, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Fleming hired by Secretary of State

Tim Fleming knows a thing or two about elections. He won the 2008 race for county commissioner and recently served as campaign manager to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who won his race last year.

February 09, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Highway memorials possible for fee

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation says it will permit signs along federal and state highways memorializing people killed in traffic accidents.

February 08, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Small aircraft maker considers Covington

A sporting aircraft manufacturer is considering a site near Covington's airport for a manufacturing plant.

February 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pedestrian tunnel closed

The Turner Lake Road pedestrian tunnel is closed as workers reseal and paint its walls. Sealants failed to adhere and paint was peeling so workers had to close the tunnel for sandblasting and reapplications of the materials, said Covington Transportation Manager Billy Skinner. Weather has delayed the work, which was supposed to have been completed by Feb. 4.

February 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


95-year-old rides a Harley for birthday

For her 95th birthday, Wynelle Wyatt didn't want jewelry, or a silk scarf, or anything quiet like that. The only thing she wanted was to ride Harley. And she got her wish.

February 07, 2011 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Injustice Served: Remembering Mr. Wright

The story of the 1965 R.L. Cousins team is as compelling if not more than the exploits of the 1964 state champion Rams. But it wouldn't be fair for me to tell it because I wasn't there. But 11 young man and one steady coach were. And so I felt it right to leave the storytelling to team captain Johnny Johnson, who is now a retired teacher and coach himself living in Pennsylvania.

February 07, 2011 | by Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


Sometimes righting a wrong takes longer than it should

In 1964, Covington residents embraced Ron Bradley and his freshly crowned state champion Newton County basketball team. Droves of Newton County residents poured out to honor him and the team on the square downtown. The team was showered with love and Bradley was presented with a brand new Plymouth station wagon. He and the Rams were on top of the world.

February 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Wright was a beacon of light at a tumultuous time

On Tuesday, February 2, an icon of Newton County and a bulwark of Covington's African American community was laid to rest. Henry James Wright, III, Coach Wright, as he was affectionately called by all of those who had witnessed that contagious smile, felt the love and discipline that signaled that he truly cared and listened to his words of encouragement and followed the direction in which he attempted to channel each one of us is now departed. As a star passes out of our sight but it presence is indelible written in our memories.

February 07, 2011 | By Johnny Johnson | LOCAL


Mama Bee's Tip of the Week

1. Rethink the flower purchase. Everyone is going for the roses, so why not go with something unique and wonderful just for your honey? You can choose from white, peach, and pink in a variety of other (less expensive!) flowers that are sure to please because they come from YOU!

February 06, 2011 | Beth McAfee-Hallman | LOCAL


County to retain stake in Main Street

Newton County will not give up its half share in Main Street Covington, the non-profit organization that oversees development of Covington's downtown.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newborn mayor hit by car, is OK

Newborn Mayor Roger Sheridan was hit by a car last week, but managed to escape without any major injuries, he said Saturday.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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