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Henderson retains BOC seat

Low turnout marred Tuesday's local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

July 22, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


City denies cell tower on Monticello

Mayor Ronnie Johnston had to vote Monday to break a 3-3 tie to ultimately deny a request for a new cell phone tower at 6163 Monticello Road in Covington.

July 21, 2014 | Rob Dewig rdewig@covnews.com | LOCAL


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It is the policy of the Covington News to allow people, with some form of identification, to voice their opinions, thoughts and concerns about our community. However, it is our policy to have comments free from personal attacks and inflammatory remarks toward people. This does not promote reasonable discussions and, we feel is detrimental, to furthering discussion on an issue or topic.

July 21, 2014 | Staff Report | 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


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


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

Clarification:

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


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Newton topples Rockdale

Rockdale may have four Division 1 prospects, including Darion Clark and University of Tennessee-bound Kevin Ware, and have the talent to make a serious run at a Class AAAA state title. But the Bulldogs realized Wednesday, as has every other team that's faced Newton over the past three years, that they don't have Derrick Henry.

January 20, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Georgia, local unemployment rate up

ATLANTA - State labor officials say Georgia's unemployment rate has grown to 10.2 percent, and claims rose in Newton County by 13.2 percent.

January 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Oxford set for second round of hearings

The first readings are done, and now the city of Oxford is set to hold a second round of hearings on Monday on a proposed change to the form of city government, a proposed homestead exemption and changes to the city's retirement plan.

January 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton faces Rockdale tonight

Newton basketball faces Rockdale tonight with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and he boys hitting the floor at 7:30 p.m. It's a makeup game from the much-anticipated matchup that was cancelled Saturday because of the snowstorm.

January 19, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


Survey seeks youth’s opinion of county

Newton County officials are trying to find out what young people want and how the county can retain and attract younger residents.

January 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hannah Thomas wins lottery search

The Georgia Lottery has paid off in an unusual way for one Covington-area musician.

January 19, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


County approves public works evaluation

Update, Tuesday 8:35 p.m.: The Newton County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $31,541 contract with engineering firm Moreland Altobelli Associates Tuesday night, to evaluate the structure of the county's public works department. For more information view the original story below.

January 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Hailey, Bethlehem Baptist honored

For the 26th year, Newton County residents and officials gathered Sunday to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the works of two longtime county servants who help keep his spirit alive.

January 18, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Tuition to rise at state schools

ATLANTA - The head of Georgia's university system says students should expect a tuition hike next year to make up cuts of nearly 10 percent that Gov. Nathan Deal has proposed for the state's 35 public colleges and universities.

January 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


County commissioners meet at 7 p.m.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners will meet at 7 tonight at the Historic Courthouse, 1124 Clark St. S.W. Here's the agenda:

January 18, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Atlanta schools placed on probation

ATLANTA - An accrediting agency has placed Atlanta Public Schools on probation, giving the system nine months to start making improvements.

January 18, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Tommy Hailey, Bethlehem Baptist honored

For the 26th year, Newton County residents and officials gathered Sunday to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating two longtime county servants who help keep his spirit alive.

January 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local singer a winner in lottery talent search

The Georgia Lottery has paid off in an unusual way for one Covington-area musician.

January 17, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Shooting looms large as MLK remembered

ATLANTA - The shootings in Arizona loomed large as the nation marked the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, with many speakers drawing on his message of nonviolence as a key lesson in the wake of the tragedy.

January 17, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Legislators prepare for 2011 session

The start to this year's Georgia General Assembly was intermittent, but Newton County's team of state legislators are already busy, particularly the three freshman who are entering a new arena.

January 17, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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