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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


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 16, 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 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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All aboard the Art Camp train

Southern Heartland Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates for Summer Art Camp. Session I will be held June 14 – 17, and Session II will be held July 12 – 15. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man killed in fire March 5th

Johnny Allen Smith, 64, was killed March 5, when his Capes Drive residence caught on fire.

March 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


inVest in the NCSO - March 12

The parents of Deputy Wesley Atha, injured last summer in the line of duty, have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO ...

March 12, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle land could be de-annexed

Rep. Doug Holt (R-Social Circle) has stated that he is planning on introducing legislation to the state house that would de-annex one or several pieces of property from the city of Social Circle.

March 11, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


Scouts plant tree on square to honor BSA centennial

Monday afternoon several Cub, Boy and Venture Scouts gathered on the square with their families to plant and dedicate a tree marking the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America as well as a symbol of the Scouts' continuing journey.

March 10, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Care bears

C-FARE is an initiative between the 10th District GaFWC clubs and DFCS Region 5 resource development unit. C-FARE stands for Community Foster and Adoption Recruitment Effort. The initiative invites community members, either as individuals or with organizations, to join with DFCS to find foster and adoptive homes. This was the 2nd annual C-FARE event. The first was held in Oconee County in June 2008. During the past two years of Tina Daniel Reasey's 10th District GaFWC Presidency, GaFWC clubs have been encouraged to assist local agencies in advertising the need for foster and adoptive homes, as well as being ...

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Man shoots ex-fiancée; kills self after standoff

Warning: The following article contains some details that may be disturbing to more sensitive readers.

March 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


McCain/Palin billboard to be replaced

John McCain lost his bid to become U.S. President, but the memory of his campaign has lived on in Newton County through the billboard prominently displayed along Interstate 20.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


County’s mayors discuss railroad at bi-monthly meeting

Though Newton County residents are split on their opinions toward purchasing the Norfolk Southern railroad, the mayors of Newborn and Mansfield appear to be in support of the idea and said Friday they'd like to see the rails converted to trails in their small cities.

March 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Victim identified in Sunday murder

The victim of Sunday night's shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Audrey Atkinson. The man investigators believe responsible – 22-year-old Anthony Michael Barrow – was transported to Grady Hospital with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and later died.

March 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Illuminated

 Agreeing to construct stained glass windows for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd's bell tower last spring began what church member J.J. Hayden believes is the most memorable experience performing his craft.

March 07, 2010 | Nikita Britt news@covnews.com | LOCAL


Adopt-A-Mile through KCNB

 Adopt-A-Mile is a litter control program sponsored by Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful to attract public involvement in picking up litter along Georgia streets and roads.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


The Great American Cleanup

Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful (KCNB) needs volunteers to clean up litter and complete beautification projects during the Great American Cleanup, the nation's largest annual community improvement program. KCNB's kickoff events will be held on Saturday, March 27, at two area Kroger locations.

March 07, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sweet treats for the troops

Special delivery: Approximately 8,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were transferred from a U-Haul to a semi-trailer truck at the National Guard Armory Wednesday morning in preparation to be given out to troops as they board an overseas-bound airplane. For the second year, Ginny Fahs, 18, of Girl Scout Troop 20352, headed up the local donation project as a simple way for people to send Girl Scout cookies to soldiers overseas. Though this year's donations equaled approximately 2,000 boxes less than last year's, Fahs was very pleased with the amount of support given.

March 07, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


County, cities will not receive new state money during March

Because of a miscommunication, Newton County and its municipalities will not receive any new money from the state during the month of March.

March 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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