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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

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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


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Picture of the day - Sept. 24

A Bricton Farm cow takes a break from eating to curiously look at the camera Friday morning.

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

September 24, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Defendants in Nichols murder case go to court

Security was enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center Thursday because of motion hearings for several men accused on multiple charges in the murder of Andrew Nichols late last year.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Nelson Heights business cleaning up junk cars

Curtis Goss is cleaning up his act, moving junk cars from his 24-hour towing and road service business at the intersection of Puckett and Laseter streets in the heart of Nelson Heights.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NCSO to collect unwanted meds at Wal-Mart

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is working to help prevent prescription drug abuse by collecting expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Walmart Supercenter, 10300 Industrial Blvd. N.E.

September 24, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Financial freefall

Kim McGuire's bankruptcy wasn't without a sense of irony. During a difficult financial time, she was forced to take a job with a debt collection agency to pay her mounting bills. While she worked to track down debtors during the day, her nights were spent avoiding eerily similar phone calls.

September 24, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Former Braves outfielder looks to open paroled felon transition facility

 Plans for a proposed facility on Dally Road that helps paroled felons transition back into society has its neighbors in an uproar and Walton County officials scrambling for information.

September 24, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 23

Eastside's Savannah Upshaw jumps for an overthrown ball during the softball game against Loganville Wednesday evening.

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

September 23, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Security enhanced at courthouse for motion hearings of accused murderers

Security has been enhanced at the Newton County Judicial Center today because of motion hearings for several accused murderers. Newton County Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn is hearing from attorneys for Sam Dawkins, Robert Lambert, Michael West and Chad Allen. All men are accused of the late-2009 murder of Andrew Nichols. Additional law enforcement has been called in as a precaution.

September 23, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 22

Newton Rams' Markea Sheppard safely steals third base during the softball game against M.L. King Tuesday evening.

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

September 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Woman alleges false imprisonment, assault

A 27-year-old woman was found running naked down Taylor Road around 6 a.m. Sunday. When authorities arrived, she told them she had escaped from her ex-boyfriend who had held her hostage and assaulted her.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Swings, slides and supporters

Open for play: United Bank employees pose in front of the new playground in Denny Dobbs Park. The bank paid for the structure. (L-R) J. Joseph Edwards, Sr. Vice Chairman United Bank Board of Directors; the Rev. Ronny Brannen, Prospect United Methodist Church and Newton County Recreation Board Member; Ronnie Robert E. Mason, Chairman Board of Directors; Madison Division; James J. Edwards, Jr. CEO Richard Brown, member Covington Board of Directors; Denny Dobbs, Chairman Covington Board of Directors; Stanley Edwards, member Covington Board of Directors; Reed Beard, President Covington Division; Jeanette Berry, VP Covington Division; Doyle Baker, Banking Officer Covington ...

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Kurtz named chief assistant D.A.

Anne Kurtz has been named the chief assistant district attorney for the Alcovy Judicial Circuit, according to District Attorney Layla Zon.

Kurtz has been with the district attorney's office in Newton County since 2007. She earned a bachelor's degree in business management in 2004 from Georgia Tech and earned a law degree in 2007 from Georgia State College of Law. Kurtz worked for the Cobb County District Attorney's office during the summer of her second year of law school.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Famous authors to visit

Authors Pat Conroy and his wife, Cassandra King, are set for a free reading at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Burge Plantation, 2659 Georgia Highway 142 in Mansfield.

September 22, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Pridgett gets 4 life sentences plus 80 years

Convicted murderer Jamaal Marquez Pridgett, 20, was sentenced Tuesday to four life sentences plus 80 years in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Jerome Glover, and the shootings of three others.

September 22, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Picture of the Day - Sept. 21

Art students of Veterans Memorial Middle School show off the pinwheels for peace they made to express their feelings and thoughts on peace.

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

September 21, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


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