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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


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


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Mother to many: A foster mom's story

Brenda Sumner is going to get a lot of love for Mother's Day.

May 08, 2011 | Tharon Giddens | LOCAL


911 costs higher here than similar centers

The Covington-Newton County 911 Center is requesting four more dispatchers, and while it has fewer employees than similar departments, its call volume is smaller and its budget is larger.

May 08, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Local musicians to play with Athens symphony

Guest performers: Two young Newton County musicians will perform with the Athens Youth Symphony and Philharmonia at its spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, in the Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall of the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.

May 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Leadership class donates to library

The 2011 Leadership Newton County class recently donated $145 to the Porter Memorial Branch Library to help fill out some of the branch's empty shelves.

May 08, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


General Mills donates to storm victims

General Mills and its foundation donated $600,000 in cash and food products to the American Red Cross for relief efforts following storms and tornadoes that swept through Georgia and the Southeast.

May 07, 2011 | Staff Report | LOCAL


Mother reports son to police after son robs her home

Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon when a mother reported her house broken into and her flat screen television stolen.

May 07, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Bait and hunt rules eased

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday signed legislation that removes baiting restrictions on south Georgia deer and hog hunters.

May 07, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Girl finds gun while playing in her yard

A girl out playing in her yard discovered a handgun Tuesday morning.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Delta plans buyouts, early retirement offers

ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will offer voluntary early retirements and buyouts to its employees because it must shrink to cope with high jet fuel prices.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Bank robbery suspect tied to 2005 Covington bank robbery

A Conyers man arrested Thursday in the armed robbery of the SunTrust bank on Ga. Highway 138 had been convicted of a bank robbery in Covington in 2005.

May 06, 2011 | | LOCAL


Lawyer: Cap keeps client from court

MCDONOUGH - A DeKalb County man says not being allowed to wear a cap in a Henry County courtroom violates his Constitutional rights.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


State seeking tornado cleanup volunteers

ATLANTA - Georgia officials are seeking volunteers willing to help clean up after a series of tornadoes struck the state, killing 15 people and damaging thousands of homes.

May 06, 2011 | Associated Press | LOCAL


Fairview park opens

The Fairview Estates neighborhood is home to the county's latest public park, which had its grand opening Wednesday afternoon.

May 06, 2011 | Gabriel Khouli | LOCAL


Cinco de Mayo

Spring concert: The concert by Mariachi Ranchero opened the annual Concerts on the Square series, which will be offered at noon on Thursdays through May. The series is sponsored by the Arts Association in Newton County.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


Jailer fired after Lakemper testimony

An internal investigation by the Newton County Sheriff's Office into an inappropriate relationship between a jailer and convicted murderer Cobey Wade Lakemper has resulted in the termination of the jailer's supervisor.

May 06, 2011 | Amber Pittman | LOCAL


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