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Belton, Brooks face off for District 122

Aaron Brooks and Dave Belton will settle things Tuesday in the Republican runoff for Georgia House District 112, which includes the eastern half of both Covington and Newton County.

July 19, 2014 | Rob Dewig | LOCAL


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


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The Nutcracker

A holiday classic: (Top) Clara, (Elise Barksdale) waves farewell to the Land of Sweets. (Left) The Snow Queen (Rachel Sandman) crowns Clara as a princess of the Land of Sweets. (Right) The Snow Queen and Snow King (Patrick Faircloth) dance.

December 13, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Democratic party members make special holiday deliveries

The Newton County Democratic Party was out and about Saturday delivering bags of food and toiletries to needy families during the holiday season. Members drove around the county and handed out 25 bags of goodies, including oranges, apples, bananas, onions, green beans, canned salmon, mouthwash, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

December 13, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County Farm Bureau Honored At GFB Convention

The Newton County Farm Bureau was recognized as one of the top county Farm Bureau programs in the state during the 71st Annual GFB Convention held Dec. 6-8, on Jekyll Island. The county chapter was named a finalist for the prestigious McKemie Award - the highest honor that a county Farm Bureau in the state can receive - in recognition of the activities it sponsored during the past year to promote agriculture.

December 13, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Ex-employee charged with 98 theft counts

Newton County Home Builders Association former Executive Officer Andrea Hammond was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the company.

December 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Holly jolly breakfast

Breakfast with Santa: The Pilot Club of Covington hosted it's annual pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Children got the opportunity to enjoy a home cooked breakfast (right), and many also went to have a talk with the Santa, who came all the way from the North Pole (left). A secret Santa shop (bottom left) was also set up for children to shop for their parents. All proceeds went to help the Pilot Club. The pilot club is a service organization focused on helping people with ...

December 12, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | LOCAL


Ex-employee arrested for stealing from Newton County Home Builders Assocation

The Newton County Home Builders Association's former executive officer, Andrea Hammond, was arrested Friday and charged with stealing from the organization.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


InVEST in the NCSO - Dec. 11

The parents of recently injured Deputy Wesley Atha have organized a fundraising campaign to purchase these vests for every county deputy. Their fundraising goal is $113,000. Each vest costs between $500-$700, depending on the size. Each Friday The Covington News will publish a list of individuals, businesses and civic groups who have donated to the cause that week as well as the total amount raised. Donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to Newton Co. Sheriff's Office and earmarked for safety vests and equipment. Please mail donations to NCSO c/o April Jones, 15151 Alcovy ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Hwy. 20/212 intersection complete

One of Newton County's most congested intersections finally has stoplights, and they seem to be helping the traffic flow immensely.

December 11, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


It’s a cheer-off!

The Newton County Recreation Department held the 9th annual Cheer-off Competition on Nov. 21 at Alcovy High School. Approximately 21 squads competed in the three age divisions.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Solid Rock Baptist Church mourns a life cut short

Monday night members of Solid Rock Baptist Church held a fireworks display for 9-year-old Kristin Beaucher. Kristin passed away from complications with a brain tumor early this week. Solid Rock members hoped she could look down on the display.

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Sheriff’s Office offers amnesty

The Newton County Sheriff's Office will offer an amnesty program from Dec. 11, 2009, through Jan. 15, 2010. The Newton County Sheriff's Office amnesty program will allow individuals listed with outstanding misdemeanor warrants to turn themselves in. Each person will be released on their own recognizance after bringing documentation which proves a valid address. Proof of valid address can be in the form of an electric bill, gas bill or water bill. If possible a valid driver's license is preferred. Processing will take place at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Detention Center. This process should take ...

December 11, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


On the grounds of Burge Plantation

Like a fairy tale cottage, the original Burge House sits surrounded by forest. Across the street from its original location, a bigger home has been erected and stands proudly on the land that has bore the Burge name since the 1830s. The original house, now a private residence, turned 200-years-old this November, celebrating a monumental anniversary in Newton County.

December 10, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


The Nutcracker returns

The Arts Association in Newton County presents the Covington Regional Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker on Saturday and Sunday at Newton High School's Porter Hall. This year's performance features guest dancer Adam Schiffer of the Carolina Ballet.

December 09, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Crowder gets life plus 5 for 2008 murder

Darrell Antonio Crowder pleaded guilty to malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony Monday in connection with the 2008 killing of his estranged wife, 43-year-old Catcilia.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


More arrests made in Taco Bell robbery

The final two men that authorities believe responsible for robbing the Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 278 on Nov. 28 were arrested Friday.

December 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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