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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


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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S.C. firefighters face Navy SEAL-designed obstacle race

Two Social Circle firefighters are gearing up for a muddy challenge that will test their physical and mental strength at the end of the month in Conyers.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Land owners around railroad seek payment

The Norfolk Southern railroad corridor continues to lie in limbo, but regardless of its future, local landowners whose properties the rail line cuts through believe the federal government owes them money for their property.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Transforming into Selma

A hotel is coming to the Covington Square, but it won't be open to the public and will only stick around for one day.

May 17, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Summer activities for 3rd grade and up

If you think 4-H is busy during the school year, you should see us all summer!

May 17, 2014 | Terri Kimble | LOCAL


Hashtags in high schools

A high school's 2014 Teacher of the Year is demonstrating why she deserved that distinction by bringing social media and international current events into the classroom in an educational and effective lesson plan.

May 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crash on I-20 eastbound near Salem Rd

IN BRIEF: Two left lanes are closed on I-20 EB at Salem Road due to crash; one overturned vehicle. Additional crash at same location, according to Conyers Police. http://t.co/CVU0dfOD3m

May 16, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Former Oxford police chief to be honored

The only Oxford police officer to be killed in the line of duty will be honored for his service on Monday.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


City to spend $50,000 on Square

Now that the Covington City Council reached a consensus on what it wants done to the Square, council members have to decide how much they're willing to spend.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flint Hill Elementary makeover

Airport Road improvements at Flint Hill Elementary School gained the go-ahead vote to make accessing the school easier and safer at the May 15 Newton County Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Thankful thoughts

Sitting in a conference room at Alcovy High School, joking about cereal and favorite actors, two students graduating with the school's top honors seem to have the perfect combination of youthfulness and maturity.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Avoid I-20 this weekend

Drivers are again asked to avoid using I-20 eastbound in Rockdale and Newton counties, unless they want to risk getting stuck in long delays.

May 15, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Walmart grant provides produce to Georgians in need

One of the most well-known and widespread one-stop stores is helping provide fresh produce to food-insecure Georgians.

May 15, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Vampire Diaries fan event tonight on Square

It's a "Vampire Diaries" extravaganza on the square tonight, as the 5th season finale will be shown on the square at the same time it's airing on TV.

May 15, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s only a part-time job – right?

Why don't I start by confirming something you always suspected? A state legislator's job is one that you can turn into almost as little or as much work as you want! Maybe you already knew this secret: Unlike the Congress up in D.C., the Georgia legislature has always been a "part-time" venture. We're in session about three months of the year. Doesn't that sound easy? The idea was to allow the members, who were mostly farmers in the beginning, to finish their business in Atlanta and return home in time for growing season. Washington used ...

May 13, 2014 | Doug Holt | LOCAL


Rotary Club names nurse of the year

Ruby Jones was named Nurse of the Year for 2014 by the Rotary Club of Covington Tuesday.

May 13, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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