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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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Eastside girls suffer first loss

With first place on the line, Eastside High School's girls' basketball team fell short in its first loss of the season Tuesday. The Lady Eagles fell 56-46 to Sandy Creek in a competitive matchup.

January 07, 2011 | Tylan Merkerson | LOCAL


County conducting homeless count

Homelessness has increased in Georgia each year since the economic recession first struck, but for the first time Newton County will attempt to quantify the problem locally.

January 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Secretary of State to speak at Chamber's annual meeting

Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be the keynote speaker at this year's annual meeting of the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb Technical College's 8100 Bob Williams Parkway location.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dawg AD expects improvement in 2011

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity says he's looking for improvement from the Georgia football team and more passion from coach Mark Richt following the Bulldogs' first losing record since 1996.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Deal sets up blind trust

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal has set up a blind trust to control his personal assets while in office.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


GBI to investigate prisoner abuse allegations

ATLANTA - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of abuse at several Georgia prisons.

January 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County wins landfill suit

Newton County reported that its 13-year-old lawsuit to prevent a private landfill from locating here was successful.

January 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Uh-oh: Snow back in forecast?

There may be some snow to contend with for your weekend and start of the next work week in Covington and Newton County.

January 06, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Homeless man sustains extensive burns

A homeless man suffered extensive burns Saturday night after a portable propane heater overturned and set his tent on fire as he slept.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


New library opens Monday

When Newton County's new $6 million library opens Jan. 10, it will be the county's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design registered building.

January 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Odd actions before police chief lead to jail time

A 28-year-old Loganville man started the year off badly when his odd actions in view of Covington Chief of Police Stacey Cotton in the parking lot of the QuickTrip gas station had police looking into the possibility of a drug deal and ended up with him arrested on multiple drug charges.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Judge Ozburn honored

Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn has been named the recipient of the prestigious Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service by the Georgia Bar Association.

January 05, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Old Cousins High gym reopens today

After 40 years of silence, the Wolverine Gym that was once home court for the old R.L. Cousins High School, today will again bustle with activity.

January 05, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST set for March 15 vote

The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to call for a SPLOST special election on March 15.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Stop signs coming down at old rail crossings

Those pesky stop signs at railroad crossings in Covington where the train no longer runs should be taken down within the next month or so.

January 05, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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