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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


View the 2050 public hearing No. 2

Here is a recording of the entirety of the second public hearing on the 2050 Plan Baseline Ordinances and TDRs (in the related content section). The meeting starts at about the 14 minute mark of the video.

July 18, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | LOCAL


County OKs tax increase

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Newton Newsflash: More construction this weekend

If you're out and about this weekend, avoid sections of I-20 in Newton County as construction continues. Lane closures and long delays can be expected in the following areas and times:

July 17, 2014 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Social Circle home moving to new location

It took about five years to get funds and to complete the process to move the 186-year-old home, said Mike Owens, owner of Magnolia Manor, the new location of the home. The Historic Preservation Society of Social Circle (HPSSC) had pledged $10,000 for anyone who promised to move and restore the home, which was a significant chunk of the fundraising efforts needed to make the move official. The money was officially presented to Owens Monday by HPSSC President Dena Johnston and Treasurer Charles Thompson. Owens, utility workers and others who are invested in the preservation of the building worked ...

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


County tightens Salem/Crowell zoning overlay

There will be no pawn shops or check-cashing businesses in the Salem/Almon/Crowell roads overlay district, according to changes adopted Tuesday night by the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Golfing for Laurie

More than six months of fundraising efforts by donors, including Covington residents, will come to a head this Saturday at the Golfing for Laurie golf tournament at Ashton Hills.

July 17, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


Get the beat

Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Crowell, Ga. 81 to get stoplights

County Commission chairman Keith Ellis describes the intersection of Georgia Highway 81 and Crowell Road as the worst in the county. But not for much longer.

July 17, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Riley announces candidacy for Mansfield mayor

Although the full ballot has not yet been revealed for the upcoming special election for Mansfield's mayor, one candidate is known.

July 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


Hospital asks for more from county

Officials say the combination of Obamacare with an increase in people using the emergency room as their primary doctors is putting Newton Medical Center in trouble.

July 16, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


Starbound Dance Studio owner arrested

The former owner of Starbound Dance Studio in Porterdale was arrested on Wednesday by the Newton County Sheriff's Office on 13 counts of theft by conversion.

July 16, 2014 | Kayla Robins | LOCAL


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Clubs play host to state Supreme Court justice

Covington's Kiwanis and Rotary clubs met in a joint session on Tuesday with a guest speaker, Georgia Supreme Court Justice P. Harris Hines of Marietta. According to Judge Hines, the most pressing problem facing Georgia is the rise in the number of single-parent households. Children in single-parent households are at risk for poverty and for ending up in the court system. "It hurts your heart. It's extremely expensive," he said. Four Newton County Superior Court judges attended the meeting. Attendees included (left to right): Judge Horace Johnson Jr., Judge John Ott, Judge Hines, Judge Ken Wynne and Judge ...

June 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Apted: There's beauty in aging

A 20-something-year-old friend said she wishes she could just make her own decisions and feel confident in her choices, not worrying about what other people thought.

June 08, 2011 | Kari Apted | LOCAL


Court sentencings - June 8

Michael A. Miller, felony theft by taking, 10 years confinement concurrent. Theft by taking felony, nolle pros.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


An Eagle heads to sea

Adam Cofer's journey as a Boy Scout recently culminated when he received his Eagle Scout rank from Troop 222 in Covington. Eagle Scout is the highest rank obtainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. Now, he plans to put his skills to use in the U.S. Navy.

June 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Cotton: Even police targeted by scammers

I was riding down a street in Covington recently listening to consumer advocate Clark Howard giving advice on WSB radio. A lady called in to ask how to handle a situation involving a company posing as a form of Yellow Pages. She had a business that relied heavily on Yellow Pages advertising so she knew it was important to have current advertisement in the book, but when she read the bill closely she realized it was not the real thing.

June 08, 2011 | Stacey Cotton Director of Public Safety | LOCAL


Eastside hires Freeman as basketball coach

Eastside has a new basketball coach. After tendering a formal offer last week, the Newton County Board of Education approved the hiring of Gregory Freeman to become Eastside's third boys' basketball coach.

June 07, 2011 | Josh Briggs | LOCAL


High temps to last through mid-August

It's hot outside, and Covington residents are staying indoors, which is the safe place to be, but bad for business.

June 07, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Chamber: Promote local film ties

Covington plays host to several movie and TV projects each year, and the chamber suggested a storefront on the square be dedicated to housing film memorabilia.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Social Circle budget set for increase

Social Circle's budget will increase this year for the first time in several years, going from $2.8 to $3 million.

June 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Water, sewer rates to increase in Porterdale

The city of Porterdale established a resolution for new water and sewer utility rates at its city council meeting on Monday.

June 07, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Farm to stage open house Sunday

A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


Help Oxford celebrate the Fourth

You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.

June 07, 2011 | | LOCAL


County may have more funds than expected in FY2012

The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Council member steps down in Oxford

Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.

June 06, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Law allows SPLOST projects to be axed

The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.

June 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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