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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
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.
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.
Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.
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.
Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.
A woman went to put gas into her 2008 Chevy at 10:30 a.m. Friday when the lever would not lock, and no gas would go into the tank, as if it was full.
The Covington Police Department has arrested a person Thursday believed to have spearheaded the theft of thousands of fraudulent funds in Newton, Rockdale and Walton counties.
Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn said it best in helping to honor the two 2013 General Mills and The Covington News Hometown Hero finalists, who both happen to be handicapped.
Update, Tuesday morning: Newton County is one of dozens of Georgia counties under a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that warns residents to be prepared for:
Thunderstorms are expected in the area throughout the week, possibly bringing damaging winds, hail and chance of tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Covington attorney Billy Waters was sworn in as Covington Municipal Court judge last week, and the Covington City Council hopes the Newton County native will bring some stability to the position.
The Covington Family YMCA had a record setting 1,365 participants in its Covington Cheerios Challenge event on Saturday, April 19. This event would not be possible without many people volunteering behind the scenes.
Early voting kicks off Monday, and there are several contested local, state and federal seats for Newton County voters, including a couple that will be decided outright in the Primary election.
County commissioners agree the county needs both a full-time election chairman and a full-time county manager or administrator, but they still need to decide which official will have ultimate firing and hiring authority and to whom county employees are ultimately responsible.
The Newton County Young Farmers held its fourth annual Tractor Show on the Covington Square Saturday.
The Relay for Life was held at The Church of Covington Friday night, into Saturday.
Judge Horace Johnson broke the news to Newton Youth Leadership Institute participants this week: "wrestling isn't real."
The two suspects who fled from a stolen Ford F-150 on I-20 near Turner lake Road were apprehended by authorities around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
A beloved figure in Covington will soon step down from the position he created, transitioning from entertainer to life-long audience. And he plans to enjoy his newly found free time.
Barbara Schemmel and Becky Byrum met standing on either side of a track as a man made his way around for the 2000 Relay for Life's survivor lap, despite not being able to feel his feet after having chemotherapy that day.