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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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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


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


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Picture of the Day - Oct. 5

Mister Himtoo (Thiree Pinnock), Gretta Good (Kelsey Dabney), Grotto Good (Shack Shepherd) and Mister Otherguy (Cody Ellis) eagerly watch as Iris (Aubrie Fils) tastes the best drop of water in "Still Life with Iris," a play performed by Eastside High School's traveling One Act team. Be sure to mark your calendar for tonight at 7 p.m., Thursday at 7 p.m. or Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to see the play before the students take it to competition in Savannah in two weeks. Tickets are general admission: students $3.00, adults $5.00, and all teachers are ...

October 05, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


4-H'er reflects on experiences

Every fifth-grader in Newton County is required to participate in 4-H as part of their school experience. Even in this beginning stage, there are many opportunities for the 4-Hers to show animals, compete in judging events, and participate in fun outings like Skate Night.

However, the only thing that interested 10-year-old me was the project competition 4-H is famous for. I didn't really care to make a poster and give a four to five minute speech, actually. I was in it for the performing arts competition, the project area that only requires a short performance, which can be anything ...

October 03, 2010 | By Mary Lathem | LOCAL


Cold Winter, Hot Summer, High Bills

The period of day after day of 90-degree high temps appears to be over and Joy Cason is one of thousands of utility residents breathing a sigh of relief.

October 03, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Dead man found off Piper Road

Deputies from the Newton County's Sheriff's Office are searching for leads to find the killer of an Atlanta man who was found dumped in the woods off Piper Road Wednesday evening.

October 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Authors Conroy and King to visit Thurs.

An authors event on Thursday at Burge Plantation in Mansfield will feature South Carolina authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King.

October 02, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Rams lose first game 20-14

East Coweta defeated Newton 20-14 Friday night, handing the Rams the first loss of the season. Newton was riding high after its overtime win last week and being named Fox 5 team of the week, but the team struggled to run and failed to stop the run.

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


CovNews.com to be offline Saturday

Due to server maintenance, CovNews.com will be temporarily down Saturday from about 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We are very sorry for any inconvenience. To find the latest news during this outage, please visit our Facebook page here

October 01, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oh, Deer!: Automobile collisions with deer are common — and costly

You've got to watch out while driving in Newton County this time of year, when Bambi turns into Romeo.

October 01, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Leadership Collaborative reboots effort to implement 2050 plan

A large group needs to keep lines of communication open.

So, members of Newton County's Leadership Collaborative, a group of officials from business, schools and various government entities, agreed Wednesday that they want to have more meetings as a group and to keep in closer touch through e-mail.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


$160 million in SPLOST projects submitted

Newton County and its five municipalities turned in their SPLOST wish lists recently, and county commissioners are now tasked with cutting down $160 million in requests to an approximately $55 million final list. For a full list of project see the attached PDF.

The special local option sales tax is an optional 1 percent sales tax that is collected specifically to pay for capital projects, normally infrastructure and buildings. Newton County has had four SPLOTS previously, with the first one being passed by voters in 1987 to build Lake Varner.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


AC Unit Thefts

Air conditioning units have been stolen recently from several homes and apartments in Newton County, according to Covington Police and Newton County Sheriff's Office reports.

On Tuesday, a California resident who owns a property on Kirkland Road told deputies that an air conditioning unit had been cut from the wall.

October 01, 2010 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


County breaks ground on Fairview park

When Wendy Rodriquez arrived in Fairview Estates in 2003, the subdivision was in its formative stages and was a lonely place for an 8-year-old girl.

October 01, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pets of the Week - Oct. 1

Come visit the Newton County Animal Shelter at 210 Lower River Road, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They would love for you to see what great animals they have for adoption. Telephone (770) 786-9514.

September 30, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 30

Alcovy High School Competition Cheerleaders Sean Ezzard, Calvin Dallas and Arthur Fields show off a synchronized flip during practice Wednesday evening.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 30, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 29

Fluffy clouds accent a vivid blue sky at the covered bridge over Black Shoals Lake in Rockdale County.

To see more photos, click on the links under Related Content.

September 29, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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