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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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Marching to save babies

At a kickoff event for the 2009 March of Dimes fundraising campaign at Rockdale Medical Center Friday morning, attendees were reminded what they were fighting for when new mother Mandy Young recounted what it was like when she had to be rushed in for an emergency Cesarean section.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


A chance to heal

The loss of a loved one is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to deal with. Sights, sounds and even smells will bring back memories of that person and, in the beginning, can overwhelm the person or people left behind to cope with the loss.

January 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sears manager steals to pay lawyer

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested the on-site manager at Sears on Jan. 13 for processing more than $2,000 in fraudulent transactions to pay his lawyer to handle his bankruptcy case.

January 17, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


FFA camp director honored

Gov. Sonny Perdue briefly dropped by the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Newton County Friday afternoon to take part in a dedication ceremony for a new cabin named in honor of the camp's former longtime director, Melvin Johnson.

January 17, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Floral wonders

Floral design artist Al Dellinger keeps a pair of garden clippers in his car at all times. He's not afraid to pull off of the busiest streets to pluck a colorful bittersweet vine or a cheerful cluster of nandina berries.

January 17, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Arson suspected in Wed. mobile home fire

Investigators suspect a fire that consumed a single family mobile home in the northern tip of the county Wednesday morning was intentionally set, according to the Newton County Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived at 547 Ellington Road around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a call from a passer-by, the structure was already fully engulfed in flames, said NCFD Deputy Chief Tim Smith.

January 16, 2009 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Fri. high 34, slight chance of snow Sat. night

Today: Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

January 16, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Family fight case referred to state Attorney General's office

 Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself Wednesday from a family fight case involving several members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Capes Roberts' family.

January 15, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Locals head to Washington for inauguration

As the nation gears up for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama, a handful of Newton County residents will be able to experience the event first hand. They are among the fortunate few to have tickets to the historic occasion of the swearing in of the country's first black president.

January 15, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Tree bandits strike home

 Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department are looking for the thieves who stole trees from a yard of a home on Henderson Mill Road on Jan. 14.

January 15, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


State senator and representatives brace for bruising budget battle

 Monday marked the beginning of first day of the Georgia General Assembly's 2009 session. Newton County's own legislative delegation has prepared a slew of bills to introduce and is preparing for a blistering debate over how to balance the state's budget.

January 13, 2009 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Shotgun toting robbers hit BP station

Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff's Department are investigating an armed robbery that occurred on Jan. 12 at the Bailey BP on Ga. Highway 81.

January 13, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Serving our soldiers

Erica Garrett is due to give birth to her third child in May and her husband, Private Christopher Garrett will be deployed this summer, most likely in July according to the Army's Department of Public Affairs, leaving her home with a newborn, a 3-year-old and a 19-month-old.

January 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


GPC rallies to raise mentors

As part of its Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration, Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus hosted a mentoring rally Tuesday, which was designed to connect students with non-profit organizations in need of volunteers.

January 13, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Newton County Jail Log 1/22

o Sharrie Omintha Dixon, 39, Lithonia, Dec. 31. Failure to appear.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


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