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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Authorities say a cyclist is dead after he was struck by a car in suburban Atlanta.
Storms that blew through the area earlier today won't keep July Fourth festivities from going forward. The Fabulous Fourth festival at the Georgia International Horse Park and fireworks are still on schedule, according to Conyers Police Capt. Scott Freeman.
Fourth festivities kicked off Monday with a parade in Oxford.
ATLANTA - Two former Georgia employees have pleaded guilty to stealing about $600,000 in food stamps.
Marquel Peters was 4 years old when a celebratory bullet came through the roof of a church and killed him. If Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has anything to say about it, such a tragedy isn't going to happen in Newton County.
The North Georgia Highlands once known for production of moonshine are now gaining a reputation for a potable better suited to a more sophisticated palate.
When Covington celebrates our nation's independence with a fireworks display tonight, there will be an unseen choreographer dashing about coordinating the display. Here's what goes on behind the show. Click here for a guide to Covington's display and to other Fourth festivities in the area.
Watch your step: This eyesore is located on Conyers Street. A reader commented on the rusty barbed wire near the street. If you would like to submit an "Eyesore of the Week," send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to 1166 Usher St., Covington, GA 30014. Please do not submit residential properties that are occupied.
The Covington/Conyers Choral Guild makes its European debut on Monday at an awe-inspiring venue - the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.
Financial aid will still be available to youth athletes next fiscal year, after the Newton County Recreation Commission reversed course Thursday.
The Georgia State Patrol has issued 29 citations in Newton County so far this holiday weekend, with about half of citations being for people not wearing seat belts or buckling up children, said public information officer Gordy Wright.
The city of Covington will have its 2011 Independence in the Park festival on Sunday.
ATLANTA - Georgia Power says building two more reactors at Plant Vogtle near Augusta could take longer and cost more than expected.
SAVANNAH - Authorities say no criminal charges will be filed after two dogs attacked children on a Savannah playground last month.
BUFORD - An explosion early today left three injured and flattened a home in Buford.