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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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Newton Fund now accepting nominations for Big Heart Award

The Newton Fund, a local fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, is now accepting nominations for the Pat Patrick Big Heart Award. In just its second year, this award is given to a special individual who has made a measurable difference in Newton County through his or her volunteerism.

September 20, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Oak Hill library set to open Jan. 2011 in West Newton

Newton County's western end is scheduled to get its first library in January 2011 as the Newton County Library Board of Trustees prepares to select a general contractor on Sept. 30.

September 20, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Newton County to receive $26M transportation stimulus money

After not receiving any stimulus transportation money earlier this year, Newton County and Covington have had around $26 million of promised money pour in over the past few months.

September 19, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Flood warning issued for Newton County

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a flood warning for the Yellow River near Conyers below Milstead until this evening.

At 10 a.m. Friday the stage was 10.9 feet. Minor flooding is forecast. Flood stage is 11.0 feet.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Recreation Commission could run new Community Center

In order to solve the debate over the future of the recently completed Nelson Heights Community Center and make it operational, the Recreation Commission board will examine whether it can and should take control of the center.

September 18, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


BOE approves more cuts

Faced with more reductions to their revenue, the Newton County Board of Education was forced to make more cuts to its budget in an effort to make up for approximately $6.3 million in expected revenue that the system will not receive.

September 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Men break into house, tie up both residents

Officers from the Covington Police Department are searching for two men who reportedly broke into a home early Thursday morning and tied up the occupants before robbing them.

September 18, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Fore a good cause

Almost 50 people braved the drizzly conditions Thursday afternoon in order to play in the inaugural Richard Rawlins Golf Classic - a fundraiser organized by members of the Covington Kiwanis Club to benefit the Miracle Field and the Newton County Foundation for Educational Excellence.

September 18, 2009 | Jennifer T. Long | LOCAL


It’s not too late to take advantage of first-time home buyer tax credit

Time is running out on the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit, but eligible home buyers can still get the credit if they act quickly.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Friends of Newton Parks tackle Chimney Park

The Friends of Newton Parks is expecting to host more than 100 volunteers tomorrow at Chimney Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a day of cleaning, lunch and playing.

September 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


inVEST in the NCSO

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 ...

September 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Piedmont Academy closed Friday due to H1N1

Piedmont Academy administrators announced the school will be closed Friday due to a significant portion of the student body out with the H1N1 virus.

September 17, 2009 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Woman calls 911 on husband and ends up going to jail herself

Deputies were called to a home on Rock View Lane early Thursday morning after a woman reportedly claimed her husband beat her.

September 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Some residents oppose public park planned for Fairview Estates

As part of its Neighborhood Stabilization Plan, Newton County has been planning to build a public park in Fairview Estates, but several residents of that neighborhood let the county know they don't want a public park in their backyard.

September 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Future of NHCC debated again

While the county commissioners continue to debate the future of the recently completed Nelson Heights Community Center, the possibility has arisen that the center could be taken over by the Recreation Commission.

September 17, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


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