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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Covington entrepreneur recently earned a prestigious service designation and was placed among the top agencies within his field.
Following the Fourth of July fireworks and the festival held in the Covington Square, Shane Millwood was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public consumption of alcoholic beverages.
The Covington City Council will hold a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday to discuss how to implement fire codes for the city's older buildings. The reason is simple: Old buildings might not be compatible with new fire codes.
One of the most recognizable and well-known houses in Social Circle will soon have a new home.
Join Shane Millwood and CARE, Sunday August 16th at 8:00 p.m. for a night of music and dancing at the newly renovated Porterdale Gym. All proceeds are for CARE's newest assistance project - providing scholarship money to one or more of Porterdale's high school students attending the Newton County Career Academy (NCCA).
Time to bring our aircraft on this journey up another 10,000 feet! We're going to get a higher altitude perspective. This week, I'm busting past my pay grade to join the chorus about federal spending habits. Here's the thought: I think we are insane to couple open-ended entitlement programs to the general government!
A Buford woman who was arrested in Covington last year for leaving her 5-year-old son in her vehicle received judge-ordered full custody of him after apparently proving she overcame her drug addiction, leaving the child's father unhappy and ready to appeal.
The Newton County Board of Education adopted a tentative 2014-2015 budget based on a total millage rate of 20.45 mills.
Training to fight a house fire isn't easy. For one, you have to have a burning house.
Erick Erickson, conservative talk radio host and owner of RedState.com, made an appearance in Covington Wednesday to show his support for Georgia State House 112 candidate Aaron Brooks. Pictured are state district 102 representative Buzz Brockway, Erickson, Brooks, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston and state district 147 representative elect Heath Clark.
Georgia Piedmont Technical College students won big during the 50th Annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri. The school had a phenomenal showing with students winning gold, silver and bronze medals.
After a holiday weekend respite, Georgia Department of Transportation crews and contractors return to the roadways this weekend for improvements including sections of I-20 in Rockdale and Newton and I-285 on the northwest side.
A man identified as a suspect in Thursday's murder of a Newton County man was arrested in Orlando Thursday.
Extras are needed for a new production set to begin Sunday in Covington and throughout Newton County and Conyers.
The Newton County Sheriff's Office is conducting an internal investigation after it was discovered an individual was being held at the Newton County Detention Center following an erroneous arrest in another jurisdiction.