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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

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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


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


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Mental health court bill signed

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation that will create the state's first mental health court system, saying he is disturbed by the rate of repeat offenders and people crowding jails who suffer from addiction, developmental disabilities and mental illness.

May 04, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


We are the champions

The Newton County Special Olympics spring games ended with a bang today, when middle, high school and adult-aged athletes took to the field at Homer Sharp Stadium.

May 04, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Others Day pays it forward

Woodlee's Christian Academy students recently celebrated Others Day by performing community service and volunteer activities.

May 04, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hope, cynicism at redistricting forum

Drawing district lines along common lifestyles or economic interests and having representation that mainly served one county were some of the wishes expressed by attendees at the League of Women Voters forum on redistricting Tuesday night.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


Everyone's a winner

The Newton County Special Olympics continued today at Homer Sharp Stadium with events for elementary school-aged children.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Lithonia woman killed in I-20 wreck

A Lithonia woman died in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night that blocked westbound lanes on Interstate 20 near the Almon Road exit for several hours, according to 1st Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

May 03, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Bama student shares storm damage images

Damage from the killer tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., last week was captured in images taken by Covington native Mary Wright, a rising junior at the University of Alabama.

May 03, 2011 | | LOCAL


Hostage standoff ends in Roswell

ROSWELL - A hostage standoff at a Roswell apartment building ended when police set off concussion grenades and entered the building.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Changes coming to Oxford on July 1

Changes are coming on July 1 to how the city of Oxford is governed.

May 03, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Naked toddler found wandering in parking lot

A 24-year-old mother was arrested after her toddler was found naked wandering around the parking lot of a motel at 4:30 a.m. Friday.

May 03, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Dad gives daughter $400,000 lottery ticket

SAVANNAH - Father's Day this year is going to be bigger than usual for one Savannah man.

May 03, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Ga storm losses at $75 million

ATLANTA - A cluster of tornadoes that killed 15 people in northwest Georgia inflicted at least $75 million in insured property losses, State Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Gas costs continue to rise in Covington

Gasoline prices in the metro Atlanta area are averaging $3.86 per gallon after a price hike of 10.3 cents in the past week.

Nationally, the average price increased 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, to $3.92 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. Check Covington area gas prices here.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Trouble on the way

Reader Matthew Ozburn sent this photo to us of the storm that wreaked havoc early Thursday in Newborn.

May 02, 2011 | | LOCAL


Here's how bin Laden body was ID'd

WASHINGTON - The U.S. used multiple means to confirm the identity of Osama bin Laden during and after the firefight in which he was killed, before placing his body in the North Arabian Sea from aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

May 02, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


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