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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


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


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


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Court Sentencings - May 22

Robert D. Perry, burglary, 10 years probation, 5 years confinement, $1,000. Possession of cocaine, 20 years probation concurrent, $1,000. Possession of tools for the commission of a crime, 5 years confinement, concurrent. Stay away order.

May 22, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Newton property values decline again

Property tax assessments were sent out May 10, and the results in Newton County were similar to the past two years as 85 to 90 percent of all parcels declined in value.

May 22, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


NAACP hosts health forum

On April 30, the Newton County NAACP hosted a community-wide health forum to raise awareness of Snapping Shoals EMC's plan to build two new coal-fired power plants. Presenters explained that pre-development costs have already totaled over $8 million - about $100 per customer - and that burning coal emits toxic air pollutio, which can cause asthma attacks and heart disease, and mercury, which can cause the permanent loss of intelligence in young children. Attendees were encouraged to use the energy savings programs Snapping Shoals offers on its website, ssemc.com, in order to reduce the need for new generations, and to ...

May 21, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


One Tank Trips: The Renaissance Festival

A short drive South down Interstate 85 can become a time machine to take you back to the age of knights in armor, chivalry and swordplay. The annual Georgia Renaissance Festival has returned to Fairburn.

May 21, 2011 | Lee Sandow | LOCAL


The News wins AP Story of the Year

The Augusta Chronicle, The Times of Gainesville, The Daily Citizen of Dalton and The Covington News have received story of the year honors in the 2010 Georgia Associated Press Association awards.

May 21, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Water authority raising rates

The Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority is raising water and sewer rates July 1 in response to increased costs, including a higher purchase price from Newton County.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sunny, but smog alert today

It's a great weekend to get out and about, with forecasters calling for bountiful sunshine and summerlike high temperatures.

May 20, 2011 | | LOCAL


Pocket dial leads to Hall drug arrest

Talk about a smart phone. This one called police as its owner, now a drug suspect in jail, was involved in an alleged illegal transaction.

Hall County 911 got a call about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, but when the operator answered, no one was on the other end of the line.

May 20, 2011 | The Gainesville Times | LOCAL


Fulton coach charged with assault

ATLANTA - A high school assistant football coach who reportedly pointed a BB gun at a plalyer's head and jaw has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct.

May 20, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Newborn fully recovered from April tornado

When a tornado packing 105 mph wind ripped through Newborn on April 28, it left a wake of destruction.

May 20, 2011 | AJ Archer | LOCAL


Man accused of raping teen girl

A 26-year-old man is accused of raping a teen girl on May 5 at a home of Ga. Highway 142.

May 20, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fundraiser luncheon Sunday

Covington's Chi Tau Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Sorority will stage The China Affair, a scholarship fundraiser luncheon, at 11 a.m. Sunday at St. Philip A.M.E. Church, 240 Candler Road Atlanta.

May 20, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Update: Man shot had criminal history

The 33-year-old Oxford man who was shot and killed after allegedly threatening to kill a Georgia State Patrol trooper Wednesday afternoon had a criminal history dating from at least 1997.

May 19, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Sheriff seeks grant to add deputies

The Newton County Sheriff's Office is unlikely to get local money for much-needed additional deputies next year, but its force will be buoyed if it's selected for a federal 2011 COPS Hiring Grant.

May 19, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


I-20 traffic flowing now near Turner Hill Road

UPDATE: Traffic is flowing on I-20 near Turner Hill Road.

May 19, 2011 | | LOCAL


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