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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


Newton County FFA members attend summer leadership camp

This summer 19 students from Newton High School and Newton County FFA were challenged to grow as leaders to find their "hero within." They were part of more than 2,500 students who attended the FFA-FCCLA Summer Leadership Camp at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. Summer Leadership camp provides a fun and exciting environment for students to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and to interact with other students from across the state.

July 19, 2014 | Ashley Vilmenay Newton County FFA | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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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


Homeowners sought for Walker’s Bend

Covington is looking for homeowners for the Walker's Bend neighborhood as it continues efforts to revitalize the half-finished subdivision.

February 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Superior Court Judge Horace Johnson to hear Georgia Supreme Court case

Superior Court Judge Horace J. Johnson, Jr. will serve on Monday in place of Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias to hear the appeal in Brown et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1343) and McGinnis et al. v. Pounds et al. (S10G1345).

February 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The smile that doesn't stop

This story is the first in a series of Black History Month profiles The News will be featuring during February and also marks the beginning of our efforts to expand our video and multimedia coverage. Please visit covnews.com/reflections to see a video interview with James Hamm, owner of Town House Café. Look for an upcoming video interview and profile of community staples T.K. and Louise Adams.

February 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


UGA VIII dies

ATHENS, Ga. - UGA VIII, Georgia's white English bulldog mascot, died Friday from lymphoma, ending his reign as mascot after only half of a season.

Georgia senior associate athletic director Claude Felton said no formal funeral service had been scheduled.

February 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


It takes Courage to win a spelling bee

It takes Courage to win a spelling bee

February 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rain plentiful today, but nothing frozen

Keep the umbrella handy today: The National Weather Service is calling for up to 2 inches of rain today in the Covington area.

February 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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