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Students tbe introduced to new testing system

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


Firearms, stolen diesel and thrown ice cream

The reluctant felon

July 15, 2014 | Samantha Reardon | LOCAL


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Manhole covers being stolen across county

Newton County officials want the public to be on the lookout for both missing manhole covers, and for the people stealing them from neighborhoods across the county.

December 10, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Commissioners vote to fund trail

Newton County Commissioners have conditionally allocated $100,000 for the library to Eastside High School trail.

December 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local tree shining brightly at Governor's Mansion

A new home: Covington resident JoAnn Sims' 35-foot tall red cedar tree was cut and placed in the Governor's Mansion front yard for Christmas, and on Dec. 5 the lights came on. Sims donated the tree, which she planted 30 years ago.

December 10, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Third-grader brings knife to school

A 9-year-old student was removed from school and is facing felony charges after bringing a knife to school and reportedly issuing threats to another student today at Oak Hill Elementary School.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Thieves snatch manhole covers, storm grates

Newton County officials want the public to be on the lookout for both missing manhole covers, and for the people stealing them from neighborhoods across the county.

December 09, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Have some holiday fun

Some folks go all out for the holidays, lighting up their yards like mini cities. We're compiling a list of the best-decorated (or just most elaborately decorated) homes that are worthy of a drive to take a look at, and we need your help. We need a street address and a brief description of what's there. It can be your yard, or a neighbor's, or a place that's part of your personal light tour each year. You can send us a photo of what's there too. Send your information to tgiddens@covnews.com. We're ...

December 08, 2010 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


Newborn Christmas party Saturday

Newborn is having its town Christmas party from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse on Ga. Highway 142.

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Christmas light tour: Social Circle

The Covington News is looking for suggestions on which houses in the area are all dressed up for the holidays and worth a drive to see.
Here's a suggestion from columnist Beth Rowe.
This house is on the corner of Dogwood and East Hightower Trail in Social Circle. It is a two-story house with guest quarters in back that are also decorated in lights. Beth says to be sure to check out the huge tree on the back side covered in lights.
The house is the former home of chef Natalie Dupree.
To get there from Covington, take I-20 ...

December 08, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Unemployment benefits to end soon

Melissa Cowan has done the math, and the numbers won't add up. The former human resources professional has been unemployed since February 2009. She's received two job offers during that time, but after paying for childcare and gas, she would have netted $15 a week.

December 08, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Five arrested for drug sales

After a four-month investigation, the Covington/Newton County Special Investigation Unit has arrested five people in connection with a drug sales in a house in the Spring Hill community.

December 08, 2010 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


County approves money for trail grant

The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to conditionally spend $100,000 on the library to Eastside High School trail Tuesday night, to serve as a 20 percent match for a $400,000 state grant.

December 07, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Pearl Harbor remembered

America's World War II veterans are slipping the surly bonds of Earth more quickly than ever. Too soon, no one will remain to recount where they were Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, when accounts of Japan's treacherous attack at Pearl Harbor hit radio airwaves. The number of Pearl Harbor survivors at the annual commemorative service aboard the USS Arizona Memorial on Tuesday will attest to that sad fact.

December 07, 2010 | Nat Harwell | LOCAL


School rezoning session tonight

Information sessions on the rezoning of Newton County elementary schools for the 2011-2012 academic year will be held at 6 tonight at Newton High School.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Share your unemployment story with us

Around 25,000 Georgians will receive their last unemployment check, or direct deposit, this week, following the expiration of the federal government's extended unemployment benefits.

December 06, 2010 | Staff Report | LOCAL


SPLOST work session at 6 tonight

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will get a review when the Newton County Board of Commissioners holds a work session at 6 tonight at the Historic Courthouse.

December 06, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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