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.
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.
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.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to adopt a 5 percent tax increase as part of its new annual budget.
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.
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.
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:
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 ...
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.
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.
Students attending Arts Association in Newton County's Musical Theater Camp rehearse for their final performance of the summer.
Social Circle's budget will increase this year for the first time in several years, going from $2.8 to $3 million.
The city of Porterdale established a resolution for new water and sewer utility rates at its city council meeting on Monday.
A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.
You can be part of the Fourth of July celebration in Oxford and possibly win a prize for your efforts.
The Newton County Board of Commissioners received a glimmer of good news Monday night, when it learned the property tax digest may decline 8.25 percent next year instead of the projected 10 percent.
Councilwoman Sue Dale is stepping down from the Oxford City Council.
The proposed civic center project in downtown Covington is the classic example of a project in limbo, something counties may be able to avoid in the future.
A hike in water and sewer rates gets a third and final reading and a public hearing when the Porterdale City Council meets at 6:30 tonight.
The Covington City Council will hold a work session at 5:30 tonight that will lead into a council meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Three reports of financial fraud have been filed with the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
MACON - Authorities say a 13-year-old girl was found unharmed after a car was stolen while the teen slept inside.
Bibb County sheriff's Sgt. Sean DeFoe says the car was stolen from a gas station late Saturday night with the sleeping child in the back seat.
WOODBINE, Ga. - A section of old railroad tracks converted to hiking and biking trail just got a mile longer in coastal Georgia.
ATLANTA - Georgia is now among the top five U.S. states for film and TV production with more than 274 projects shot in the state since July 2010.
A judge ordered a man convicted in a 2004 vehicular homicide to continue to pay restitution to the family, even though it had been canceled at the end of his probation for the crime.
When Ernie Smith peaked at his cards, barely raising their left tips, he was greeted with pocket aces. Naturally, he was confident after receiving the best starting hand in Texas hold 'em.