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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


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


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Waffle House hit by counterfeiters

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to the Waffle House on U.S. Highway 278 Oct. 4 when restaurant managers realized a customer passed a counterfeit bill to the store two days earlier.

December 19, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


2008 Covington Christmas Parade

2008 Covington Christmas Parade Winners

December 19, 2008 | Mandi Singer | LOCAL


Carter calls for Obama to take action on human rights

At a panel discussion on human rights at the Carter Center on Wednesday, former President Jimmy Carter said President-elect Barack Obama should immediately sign an executive order forbidding all American agencies from engaging in torture.

December 17, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Friends of the Library sponsor gift tree fundraiser

The Friends of the Newton County Library are sponsoring a Gift Tree just inside the lobby at the Newton County Library. The tree is decorated with colorful paper ornaments each listing a type of book or audio visual item with the amount it takes to purchase the item.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nichols bids fond farewell Friday after 39 years

Friends, family and colleagues of retiring Sheriff Joe Nichols gathered Friday evening in the historic Newton County Courthouse to acknowledge his decades of service to local law enforcement and wish him well in the next stage of his life.

December 17, 2008 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


Alcohol reportedly involved in crash

A head-on collision at the intersection of Salem Road and Kirkland Road sent two drivers to Grady Hospital on Dec. 3, in an accident where alcohol was allegedly involved, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

December 17, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


10-year-old student arrested for carrying toy handgun

A 10-year-old Fairview Elementary School student was taken into custody by authorities Dec. 3 for carrying a weapon - a toy gun - and making terroristic threats. The student allegedly threatened to shoot his schoolmates and a neighborhood child, who called 911 to report the incident.

"The caller was a juvenile male in the subdivision who said he (the perpetrator) was going to shoot him with a gun," said Lt. Mark Mitchell, public information officer for the Newton County Sheriff's Office. "When officers arrived, they learned that on the previous day, the same juvenile was allegedly on a Newton County school ...

December 16, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


O.J. Simpson sentenced to 15 years

LAS VEGAS - A broken O.J. Simpson was sentenced Friday to at least 15 years in prison for a hotel armed robbery after a judge rejected his apology and said, "It was much more than stupidity."

The 61-year-old football Hall of Famer stood shackled and stone-faced when Judge Jackie Glass quickly rattled off his punishment soon after he made a rambling, five-minute plea for leniency, choking back tears as he told her: "I didn't want to steal anything from anyone. ... I'm sorry, sorry."

December 16, 2008 | By Ken Ritter Associated Press Writer | LOCAL


Over and out

 For nearly four decades Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols has served the public - first in the Army and then in law enforcement. For many, the stern public facade is all they will ever know of Nichols, but according to friends and family, there's a side to the sheriff that Newton County rarely sees.

December 15, 2008 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


JDA switches insurers for Stanton Springs park

 In another domino effect of the Wall Street meltdown, the Joint Development Authority, of which Newton County is a member, has had to pursue evasive maneuvers to avoid paying a higher insurance rate on the bonds for Stanton Springs Industrial Park.

December 15, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Mortgage fraud cases prevalent

 Newton County is no stranger to mortgage fraud - having seen several fraud rings busted in recent years, including one involving Eastside High head football coach Rick Hurst that came to light this week.

December 15, 2008 | Michelle Kim | LOCAL


Paraprofessional charged with child molestation

The Newton County Sheriff's Office arrested paraprofessional Brandi McMichael yesterday in connection with a relationship McMichael allegedly had with a 13-year-old student at Cousins Middle School, where she worked. McMichael, who turns 29 years old Dec. 8, faces one count of first degree child molestation, one count of transmitting illicit materials through a cell phone to a minor, one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of interfering with custody.

December 15, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


Lions host Christmas parade

 Because the National Guard unit stationed in Covington will deploy overseas next year, "Celebrate the Season and Salute the Troops" is the theme for the Covington Lions Club and Main Street Covington 2008 Christmas Parade beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday on the square.

December 15, 2008 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Nominees sought for MLK award

Do you know people who go above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer work? Are they advocates for the downtrodden and helpless? Do they give of themselves without any thought of personal gain?

December 13, 2008 | Rachel Oswald | LOCAL


Vandals hit resident with racial, other slurs

A Covington man is looking for ways to keep his family safe after his 1995 Nissan truck was spray painted Wednesday with racial slurs and sexual references.

December 13, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | LOCAL


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